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mike thomas
01-10-2012, 09:44 AM
Shakespeare's sonnet 145 has been claimed to hint at the name Anne Hathaway. The wife of Shakespeare. The words 'hate away' in line 13, claim some, may be a pun - in Elizabethan pronunciation - on the name 'Hathaway'. It has also been suggested that the words in line 14, 'And saved my life', would have been the same pronunciation as 'Anne saved my life'.

Those lips that Love's own hand did make
Breathed forth the sound that said 'I hate'
To me that languish'd for her sake;
But when she saw my woeful state
Straight in her heart did mercy come,
Chiding that tongue that ever sweet
Was used in giving gentle doom,
And taught it thus anew to greet:
'I hate' she alter'd with an end,
That follow'd it as gentle day
Doth follow night, who like a fiend
From heaven to hell is flown away;
'I hate' from hate away she threw, line 13
And saved my life, saying 'not you.' line 14

All that may actually be true, and anyone can study the sonnet to check if there is merit in the idea.