Blonnet Number One
Arthur Blondell was a contemporary of William Shakespeare (and we believe a ‘hard follower’, in modern day parlance, A Fan).
Around the same time that Shakespeare was writing The Sonnets, Arthur (in an attempt to honour The Bard?) was also writing what became known among a small group of friends, as The Blonnets. Although Arthur owed much to Shakespeare’s influence it is said that he was determined to make his own mark. He decided early on therefore to dispense with Shakespeare’s careful construction and instead follow what he called, ‘No Construction’.
Whereas Shakespeare went on to greater things poor Arthur was largely forgotten. However, some of the Blonnets survive and are much sought out for their simplicity and forthrightness.
A fine example of Arthur’s ‘no-holds-barred’ approach is found in Blonnet Number One.
Arthur Blondell may have gone on to be noticed by a wider audience if it wasn’t for the sad fact that he was severely injured by a wild pig during a hunting expedition in Epping Forest. Unfortunately, not long after this terrible accident Arthur Blondell, weakened by his misfortune with the pig, succumbed to the plague.
It is said that William Shakespeare upon hearing of Arthur’s passing, paused his hysterical laughter to donate a gold coin towards the cost of Blondell’s funeral.