Shakespeare’s Lost Sonnets: A Restoration of the Runes
by Roy Neil Graves, Professor of English
The University of Tennessee at Martin

 The Unedited Paste-up Texts of the Runes in
the 1609 Quarto: Sets VII-IX (Runes 85-126)
Copyright © Roy Neil Graves 2003, All Rights Reserved        

 
       

Set VII: Runes 85-98
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Set VIII: Runes 99A/99B-112A/112B
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A Brief Background on a Quirky Set

          Will composed Set VIII so that it embeds A and B variants of each of the 14 runes in the set. This subdivision occurs because Sonnet 99 has an “extra,” 15th line. The A variants emerge if a reader/player ignores the 15th line, and the B variants, if a reader/player ignores the first. Neither the A nor the B variant of a given rune is primary: Each text has equal validity. Because the variable line is initial in the text, the sense and wit of the A and B variants of a given number can diverge significantly. More discussion of this uniquely gamy section occurs elsewhere on the site, especially in the individual presentation of materials from Set VIII. (Click above.)



In the column below are the “A” Variants,
which use line 1 of Sonnet 99 and omit line 15

In the column below are the “B” Variants,
which omit line 1 of sonnet 99 and use line 15

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Set IX: Runes 113-126
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