Analyze the meaning and literary devices in Petrarch's sonnet beginning with "The gentle breeze." 

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In this sonnet, Petrach explores the paradox of love: it both lightens his spirit and yet wearies him. He calls these dual emotions "double lights." Love burns as well as delights him, and he feels as if love holds him with knotted cords, yet he appreciates the lovely eyes and golden hair of his beloved.

Some of Petrarch's literary devices are lost in the translation from Italian. The speaker, however, uses the literary device of personification in this sonnet, picturing Love as a weaver spinning the eyes and the hair of his beloved. He also uses antithesis, in which opposites are paired, such as death and life.

Metaphor, which is a comparison not using the words like or as, is also used. Love is compared to blazing fire that burns the speaker and creates knots that bind him to his beloved.

In this sonnet, number 198, Petrarch reflects on the pains of love. This poem is not what I would call positive, but rather, it holds tension between the lover and his beloved, who does not necessarily...

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