2017-11-17 13:58:27 UTC
Well, it seems that Oxford has undergone a rather dispiriting metamorphosis at the Front of the First Folio. All of that beauty, wit and pride turned to a foolish Figure. Troped into the stone of the Monument Shakespeare.
In Cynthia's Revels Jonson makes his case against Oxford, arguing that he disfigured himself - turned himself into something less than a man. And changed others.
You know about Circe's drink, and the Siren voices
Had Ulysses let himself go and drunk what he wanted
He'd have lost his true shape and from then on lived like a noddy [stultus].
Please look at Alciato's Emblem 69. It explains a lot. Why men get turned into flowers and figures, beasts and monsters.
So, in considering the transformed shape of England's Narcissus I've been wondering how does one go about reversing a metamorphosis? I do not have that skill. But something has become clear (somewhat clear) to me and that is I have been thinking about the problem in the wrong way. You cannot turn monumental stone back into flesh.
So I have decided to 'turn' it forward. To keep it bouncing, so to speak.