Sonnet 125: Vere, “I bore the Canopy, poore but free”

Sonnet 125, VERE, my poor but free oblation, #1Fig. 1       

Edward de Vere‘s “oblacion”:

Sonnet 125, facsimileFig. 2

   Historical documents do not account for the presence of Edward de Vere, 17th Earle of Oxenforde at the funeral of Elizabeth I in 1603. Furthermore, no documents in the form of testimonies or dedicatory poems are signed or attributed to Vere. Considering his closeness to her at Court (which is well-documented), his absence in any preparations either in preparatory efforts, personal letters, his name on any list, both immediately following her death, or thereafter, is stunning.

   Some say Shakespeare’s Sonnet 125 refers to Elizabeth’s Funeral cortege (1603), but interpretations are inconclusive, and are based on the first eight words of Sonnet 125: “Wer’t ought to me I bore the canopy”, a reference to a covering (usually made of fabric), often supported by poles, and, in the case of Elizabeth, was suspended above her coffin and held by six knights. The question, then, is whether or not Sonnet 125 contains equidistant letter-seqences (vertical letter-strings surrounded by a cluster of supporting language specific to what is being pointed to within the plaintext, as ciphertext) that sheds any light on whether or not Edward de Vere, arguably the premier Earl in England at the time, was a participant in Elizabeth’s funeral.

   Are the plaintext documents in the previous section (Elizabetha Quasi Vivens:  Eliza’s Funeral, 1603) and Sonnet 125  documents testifying that Edward de Vere was indeed both in Elizabeth I’s funeral cortege, and that  he wrote about his feelings about Elizabeth as well?

   The arrays below address many aspects of Oxford’s relationship with Elizabeth:  the strong implication he was her son, and that they had a son together; Oxford’s rage over Elizabeth’s changing of the law stating he would not succeed her as King of England at her passing;  his intense anger at Elizabeth’s control of his money and property as his ward, a condition he saw as ruining him, forever being an indentured slave to her, and for her continu0us lying (“subornation”) and keeping secret that he was not her child.  The ciphertexts are a direct address to the dead Elizabeth, a conversation, if you will, in which he finally says he will be with her through all eternity, and that he does this as a “free” man, no longer in her “controule”.

Sonnet 125:

Sonnet 124, BETH for eternity, #2Fig. 3

Sonnet 125, BETH born, #3Fig. 4

Sonnet 125, I bore the BETH canopy, #4Fig. 5

Sonnet 125, ERLE, E.R. son, I bore the canopy, #5Fig. 6      

Sonnet 125, BETH, too much rent, #6Fig. 7                  A Reference to de Vere’s wardship and indentured servitude.

Sonnet 125, BETH born, SON in RUIN, #7Fig. 8

Sonnet 125, my dutiful POEM, #8Fig. 9

Sonnet 125, PEN POEM, #9Fig. 10

Sonnet 125, I, E.O. bore the canopy with POX, #10Fig. 11

So TEST me:  I’m the “trew(Vere) HEIR to the throne of England:

Sonnet 125, TEST, subornation, #11Fig. 12

Sonnet 125, Heir, I'm the PEN Test, #12Fig. 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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