Sonnet 30: Lady Anne Cecil de Vere’s thoughts about taking her own life?

Sonnet 30, plaintext, Lady Anne Vere's suicidal ideation.

   Rather than a “play-within-a-play”, (in the context of the letter-string clusters found “hid” with the sonnet’s plaintext) Sonnet 30 can appear to be what today might be called a clinical depression: Lady Anne Vere’s rumination over her many personal tragedies (loss of her infant child, Edward; accusations by Oxford that she was adulterous when he was abroad, his resulting estrangement from her, convinced her second child to be was fathered by another man; Oxford’s affairs, reckless behavior, long absenses, and so on) . . . bouts of uncharacteristic crying as she laments the deaths of loved ones; her obsessive repetition of thinking about how wasted her life has been (going over and over her “sad account”) — she perhaps becomes resigned, in her “Sessions of sweet silent thought, that death by drowning (a plan) will end her sorrow.

 What do the codes (ciphertexts) have to say?  Click HERE to begin.




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