Cynthia With Certain Sonnets Sonnet

into as the source of love's problem, but it is apparently covered with a piece of cloth so as to heighten the effect of the revelation of truth. The mirror is itself a very frequent image in Renaissance literature (see, for example, The Mirror for Magistrates and William Shakespeare's Richard II). In each case, the mirror is a teaching device whose usage reveals facts that could not be revealed in any other way.

Holding the mirror, Ganymede "taking off the cover, / He straight perceav'd himselfe to be my Lover" (ll. 13-14). In this sonnet, Ganymede is not overtly disdainful of Daphnis's affection, but he seems to be unaware of both its reality and its depth until he himself appears in the mirror. If we accept the notion that mirrors to do not lie, then Ganymede has been brought to truth in a direct way.

See also Barneield, Richard; Cynthia, with Certain Sonnets (overview).

Daniel E Pigg

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