You know who loved the cock?

Shakespeare, apparently.

Maggie’s teaching Shakespeare’s sonnets at the moment with one of her classes and we were talking about them last night. She mentioned that there was some controversy over the fact that he wrote these love poems, yet the adressee was apparently a male.

This raised a couple of questions. How long has this been suspected? I’m guessing it wasn’t worked out in the last ten years so how come I didn’t get taught that at school? Was I just not paying attention that day? Does anyone else (Mark, Emma, Radford, Jack…) remember “Big Bird” or any other English Teacher letting on to the fact that Willy had a thing for boys too?

We definitely studied them at high school, but I can’t remember if it was year 10 or during English Literature, in year 11 or 12.

I was educated at a government school a dozen years ago, and here Maggie is teaching at a Catholic school modern-day. I wonder if things have changed that much in ten years or if it was just a case of different teachers and their styles or boundaries.

My favourite sonnet is number 20, where the story goes that Mother Nature made this woman that was so beautiful that she fell in love with her, so to get around the issue of girl-on-girl action she added a penis to her and made her a dude. Way to go Billy.

2 Comments so far

  1. Brad on September 11th, 2008

    ever since i found out Alexander the Great was part of ‘the clan’…nothing suprises me any more.

    peace

    fyi, cleaning tips are off the hook

  2. mlambie on September 12th, 2008

    I live to give.