Reproduced on this link is a homemade booklet that I published in 1995 to establish the possibility (and, I still think, the likelihood) that Shakespeare’s Sonnets—and, separately and concurrently, the Runes hidden inside them—are “reversible” cycles. One of my goals in publishing the booklet was to establish copyright control over these two cycles of potentially authorized texts. All of the Reverse Runes, if they exist as authorized compositions, are implicit in the paradigms I established in 1995.
One of my yardsticks is always this: If I am able to conceive of this possibility, Will’s great mind is even likelier to have conjured it into being.
A possibility is that Will did think of reversing his Sonnets and Runic cycles but found it too difficult to bring off with any real success in the verses, so that instead he merely “seeded” the initial and terminal texts with enough cases where the linestrings would make sense to lure a reader/player into the trap of pursuing the cycles. The principle of oneupmanship is always at work in the Runegame.
The frustrating difficulties of demonstrating to skeptical and finite minds that the Runes even exist in the first place makes it seem like quadruple folly for me to try to advance concurrently, in public rather than through a furtive private printing, any argument that the 1609 Quarto texts are exponentially more complex in their capacity for “increase.” But a man afraid of appearing to have succumbed to folly would not be publishing this site.
Readers can take or leave the argument of the monograph below, which establishes the primary texts for the Upside-Down Sonnets and (by means of samples) the principles by which the Reversed Runes operate—and thus, in effect, the texts themselves, all 154 of them.
My life proves too full for me to pursue all that I would like in the cornucopic materials that unfold. I need to spend more time with these two cycles of texts, to ensure their invariable capacity for being paraphrased.
Meanwhile, here they are. If I never get around to dealing with them, somebody else can. They will not go away, and if they are real, they will eventually reassert themselves for the world to see. Here's a start, proposed more hypothetically than some other assertions on this site: I know the Runes are real, and I believe now that the two other cycles posited here are also authorized and thus vital components of the Quarto maze.
I recognize that the materials below are hard to read because of the fine print and mode of reproduction. But this form will have to do for now. Readers really interested can consult the original 1609 Quarto and start at the end to see the exact forms of the lines here recomposed in these never-before-explored linestrings.
RNG 16 November 2005