Clarify Mary Queen of Scots verses
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72 July 13 Athenaeum
clarify verses attributed to Mary Queen of Scots.
Rossetti, William M. "Verses Attributed to Mary Queen of Scots." Athenaeum (July 13, 1872): 49. Web. 21 September 2011.
In this letter to the editor Rossetti corrects and clarifies the translation of the verses attributed to Mary Queen of Scots, then explains why he believes the verses are in fact hers. Rossetti clarifies the mechanics of the translated verse, noting a qualitative departure from poetic convention in the tense shift in the French version. He then advances a theory of historical context that he believes confirms the origin of the verses, but closes with an appeal for others with insight to bring forward further evidence in order to more conclusively validate his theory.
Standards of Judgment:
parts of the verses published previously in The Athenaeum "are absolutely meaningless;" "internal evidence" supporting the authenticity of the verses.