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The case for Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.
Many Oxfordians believe that the true author of Shakespeare’s plays was an aristocrat named Edward De Vere. The evidence for this comprehensive, ranging from Edward de Vere’s aristocratic knowledge of the upper classes through to his education and the structural similarities between his poetry and Shakespeare’s. As regards authorship of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, it has been suggested that Edward wrote these under the pseudonym of Shakespeare, both to avoid breaking a voluntary convention against aristocrats publishing poetry and plays and to escape the consequences of the subject matter he was writing about. George Puttenham‘s 1589 book, The Arte of English Poesie explains this further.
Below are the major reasons Oxfordians claim Edward De Vere was well qualified to write 37 plays and 154 sonnets.
Edward De Vere and Elizabethan Theatre.
Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford is known to have composed, directed and acted in plays around the same time as Shakespeare. Like Shakespeare he was part of an acting troupe but unlike Shakespeare, Edward managed his acting troupe called “Oxford’s Boys”. Furthermore, Edward De Vere was a leaseholder of the Blackfriars Theatre, a rival to The Globe.
Edward De Vere’s poetry and its similarities to Shakespeare.
Whilst most academics agree that Edward De Vere’s poetry was better than the Sir Francis Bacon’s (the other contender for replacing Shakespeare), few believe it is of a standard necessary to prove De Vere wrote the 154 sonnets claimed to have been authored by Shakespeare.
Similarities in Edward De Vere’s verse to Shakespeare’s suggest however that such a leap in poetry composing was possible. Specifically six-line pentameter stanzas in Venus and Adonis reoccur only in Edward de Vere’s early poems and yet are not repeated by other poets of Shakespeare’s time. Both Joseph Sobran and J. Thomas Looney have noted the close similarities in form between Edward De Vere’s work and that claimed to be Shakespeare’s.
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Posted on October 12, 2011, in Fame Depot, Rebirth: Ramblings, randoms, The Reel Trough and tagged Edward De Vere, Edward de Vere 17th Earl of Oxford, Francis Bacon, George Puttenham, J. Thomas Looney, Joseph Sobran, Shakespeare, William Shakespeare. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.