SEVENTEEN: Occurs only 6 times in Shakespeare’s Canon

Edouarde Oxenforde       = 17  

The word “seventeen” (with spelling variants) appears only six times in the Shakespeare canon:   six in the plays, and none in the Sonnets.  The plays where the six “seventeen”s are found are:  All’s Well That Ends Well (1); As You Like It (2); Coriolanus (1); Measure for Measure (1); The Merry Wives of Windsor (1).  In sum, then, there are six “seventeen”s in five plays.    

Merry Wives of Windsor, Seventeen, canon, ED VEREFig. 1

Merry Wives of Windsor, Seventeen, canon, Vere seventenFig. 2

Coriolanus, VERE, seventeen, I cannot speakFig. 3

Coriolanus, Vere, all his wordsFig. 4

Coriolanus, Lord CodeFig. 5

Measure for Measure, letter-count 17Fig. 6

XI.XXI.MMXIII

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