Limerick 19: Fortune’s Dearest Spite Returns

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24 June 2021
· On my 417th deathday I explain my recent absence and its connection to Sonnet 37 ·
  • Truth is true I’ve been missing, AWOL
  • Since the spring when I took a bad fall
  • Fractured ankle encased
  • Glenohumeral replaced
  • Could I type on keyboards? Not at all.
  • Other work and this blog idle, pending
  • New titanium shoulder’s amending
  • Lots of therapy still
  • The occasional pill
  • And some (with the good arm) elbow bending
  • To my readers, ye old and ye new,
  • Many thanks for your patience ensue
  • This corporeal waiting
  • Has been so frustrating
  • Not much was I able to do
  • Hunt-and-pecking now, mostly one hand
  • To provide this update, where things stand
  • Though the progress is slow
  • Forward yet it will go
  • I’ll post more just as soon as I cand.

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Fortune’s dearestas in costliest, not most beloved spite is a phrase I used in Sonnet 37, referring to my (first) misfortunate lameness. It was not a metaphor. In the spring of 1582 I was seriously injured in a fight. Rapiers, not fists. Barber-surgeons at the time were less than adeptSerratura     Serratura is Latin. It means Sawing. at proximal femoral replacements, so I did without. The leg gave me trouble for the rest of my life, which ended on this date in 1604.

Sonnet 37 in 1609 1st edition

Sonnet 37 modernised text

Pitch perfect key changes, and
check out those 1951 special effects.

Bad bootleg, original Broadway cast,
2005. I hope I’m not dead yet again
when the film finally arrives.

Well, shucks.
(22 May 2023)

Sources and Additional Reading

A look at the sharp-edged unpleasantness with Knyvet, brought on by my affair with his fetching and fecund niece Anne. A topic in need of its own post(s). Someday.

A tip of my lame French hat to the De Vere Society for reminding me about this article. I may quibble with a point or two, but it remains a thought-provoking read.