Sonnet 129 essay

The emendation of this line from Q's A blisse in proofe and proud and very wo is generally accepted. See the extensive note by SB contra an article by Graves and Knight ' A Study in Original Punctuation and Spelling ' & L. Riding, included in Graves's The Common Asphodel London 1949. (SB. 447-452.) Note that proved looks like proud in the original, suggesting a visual if not an oral pun at least on proud = erect. The reading proved is confirmed more by the sequence of thought than anything else, from proof to proved , since the orthography would not in any case distinguish between proud or proved. The other uses of proved in the sonnets are :
And worse essays proved thee my best of love.
If this be error and upon me proved,
for which Q gives prou'd and proued respectively.

Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murd'rous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoy'd no sooner but despisèd straight;
Past reason hunted, and, no sooner had,
Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait,
On purpose laid to make the taker mad -
Mad in pursuit, and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and prov'd, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

Sonnet 129 essay

sonnet 129 essay


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