However even if we do not take it literally it is the only glimpse we are likely to get of their friendship
Charles? only has one epigram to Calvus saying he is popular but he does not like him
Charles Fitzgeoffrey's Affaniae and Cenotaphia (1601)
by Dana F. Sutton
PRINTED AT OXFORD BY JOSEPH BARNES, 1601
39. TO THOMAS CAMPION, POET
Cordula is dear to my heart, to you Mellea is honey: hence we write our measures, and shed immeasurable tears. I do not know what honey your Melee gives you, poet. This I know, that Cordula breaks my heart.
1. I DEDICATE AND DEVOTE THIS SECOND BOOK OF AFFANIAE TO MY EDWARD MICHELBORNE
15. TO THOMAS CAMPION
O you to whose genius Roman Elegy is indebted, no less than she was before to her Ovid! He, though unwilling, brought her from Latin climes to the Scythian land and the barbarous Getae. With you her guide, she has made her first visit to the blue-eyed Britons, though by rights she can call this city her own. For when your forces were shattered, Cassivelaunus, victorious Caesar, master far and wide, master of the world, once bade the Roman people and their Latin household gods dwell in this city. Therefore you recall the Muses, exiled by Ovid's crime, to their homeland, and give them back their own.
96. ON JOHN MARSTON
Marston, glory of satire next to the first, and first if one can reckon two firsts. If one cannot double the first, at least, Marston, you will always be the glory next to the first. Nor should you rue this rank, Jack. When there are only two, neither is second, and the both are equal.
1. THE THIRD BOOK OF AFFANIAE
83. IN CALVUM
Quantumvis aliquid fatuo videare popello
Non ego unius aestimo, Calve, pili.
83. ON CALVUS
No matter how big a thing you seem to the foolish common people, Calve, I do not value you at a groat.
Strutter? many and Calvus is bald Owen? The Epigrammata of John Owen (Ioannis Audoenus) (1606 - 1613) A critical hypertext edition by Dana F. Sutton BOOK II 161. AD PETRARCHUM Semper dum tua Laura legetur, lis erit, utrum Tu Laura, lauro dignior anne fores. 161. TO PETRARCH While O thy Laura's read, the doubt will be, Lawrel or Laura whether fitt'st for thee.
---------------- John Stradling's Epigrammatum Libri Quatuor (1607), hypertext critical edition, posted at http://eee.uci.edu/~papyri/stradling JOHN STRADLING'S EPIGRAMS BOOK TWO 82. ON A BALD MAN Attempting to recover his lost hairs, Calvus gives fees to the surgeons and funds to the physicians. After the gloomy fellow's hope and money failed him, and there was not a single hair on his smooth pate, "Why," he said, "do I put such a great value on those vile growths? The filthy fleece on greasy goats is more handsome."
JOHN STRADLING'S EPIGRAMS BOOK THREE 28. TO THE ILLUSTRIOUS SIR HENRY, EARL OF SOUTHAMPTON You have experienced good fortune and bad. Every prudent, brave man has borne both. 44. TO CALVUS All things are full of fools, but everything is not full for you. For your head is empty. 122. ON A BALD POET Since sordid baldness deforms you as a bard, if you are smart you should wreath your head with laurel. 166. ON SEXTILIANUS, A BALD MAN Reading the witty epigrams you have written, praising the poet's judgment, I recognized his genius. I was surprised that you wrote no epigram about Calvus, whom the poets traditionally tease. This assured reason finally occurred to me, that Sextilianus, who did the writing, was bald himself.
March, April & May, 2002 © Patrick T. Connolly
Shakespeare And The Sonnet Sequence - by Thomas P. Roche "The Romantic poets created art out of their own lives, and the theory of creative imagination that evolved from their art we have transferred back to poets of an earlier age where theory distorts our reading. If Wordsworth wrote out of his own life, then Shakespeare too must have personally expienced what he wrote about in his sonnets. ... The autobiographical fallacy clouds our reading ..." - page 74-75 'English Poetry And Prose 1540-1674' - The Penguin History of Literature, Edited by Christpher Ricks,
Shakespeare's pretty boy for the greatest writer of the age - all he really give us about the character pathetic surface beauty -