To obtain biographical information of Griffin, we are dependent on the contextual information extractable from Fidessa..
What conclusions can we derive from Fidessa?
“Fidessa” is an artifial word derived from
a) “fides” (faith, confidence , trust in a person or thing – or an obligation of loyality, or fidelity to a person, a promise, tor an engagement) and
b)"...essa", a female ending thus transformed into
a metapher of his (female) inner virtue / godess, with which the poet enters a dialogue .-
This is reminiscent of the philosophy of Shakespeare e.g. in "The Twelfth Night" (II / 5), ("Put thyself into the trick of singularity. She [as his virtue] ran thus advise thee that [she] sighs for thee").
The situation of the author clearly indicates that the author is and has been in a most dangerous, vexing and conflicting life situation of loyalty and confidence.
The poems surpass Shakespeare's sonnets in some places in its poetic brilliance and contain substantial biographical notes on the authors specific situation: Significant biographical informations in Fidessa can hardly lead to any other conclusion than that the name “Griffin” (a fabulous animal having the head and wings of an eagle) was used as Marlowe/alias Shakespeare's pseudonym. This can be recognised in virtual all sonnets :(s.examples subsequent blogs)