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Whether Thorpe used an authorised manuscript from Shakespeare or an unauthorised copy is unknown. The identity of this person remains a mystery and, since the 19th century, has provoked a great deal of speculation. Its oblique nature has led Colin Burrow to describe it as a “dank pit in which speculation wallows and founders”. Thomas Thorpe, though Thorpe usually signed prefatory matter only if the author was out of the country or dead. Foster points out, however, that Thorpe’s entire corpus of such consists of only four dedications and three stationer’s prefaces. That Thorpe signed the dedication rather than the author is often read as evidence that he published the work without obtaining Shakespeare’s permission.
126 of Shakespeare’s sonnets are addressed to a young man, often called the “Fair Youth. Some theories concerning the identity of Mr. Thorpe would be unlikely to have addressed a lord as “Mr”. Many have argued that “W. A simple printing error for Shakespeare’s initials, “W. Foster takes “onlie” to mean only one, which he argues eliminates any particular subject of the poems, since they are addressed to more than one person.
The phrase “Our Ever-Living Poet”, according to Foster, refers to God, not Shakespeare. Elizabethan English the word “maker” was used to mean “poet”. Shakespeare himself, on this reading, is “Mr. According to this theory, the dedication is simply Thorpe’s tribute to his colleague and has nothing to do with Shakespeare. Thorpe uses such “visual puns” elsewhere. Supporters of this theory point out that “ALL” following “MR. HALL” with the deletion of a period.