Stanley Wells Paul Edmondson Jonathan Bate
On the occasion (2009) of the 400th birthday of the appearance of Shakespeares Sonnets 1609 Paul →Edmondson, Stanley →Wells and Jonathan →Bate had a staged small-talk about backgrounds of Shakespeares sonnets.
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Early in the talk it became clear that they wish at all costs to avoid a discussion about the most interesting question of how to relate autobiographical aspects of the sonnets to any compelling life aspects of the Stratford Person...
Bates:" They [the sonnets] seem to be great autobiographical Poems....now in our discussion we may well tease away that idea"
Edmondson : "I ' d like to do that!".-
Conclusion: You may learn some interesting facts and fancies about Shakespeare's Sonetts but nothing about how it could ever be possible to construct by means of the sonetts an (auto)biographical bridge to Shakspere (Stratford).