How is the concept of love portrayed differently in Amoretti and Astrophil and Stella?

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Edmund Spenser's Amoretti and Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella are both sonnet collections written in the Renaissance. The main difference between the themes of the two collections stems from the authors' own experiences with love. Spenser's sonnets are written to his wife, while Sidney's are written to and about a woman to whom he was previously engaged but who married another man. Therefore, Spenser's poems celebrate the love he feels for his wife, while Sidney's poems exude much more complex emotions that fit more easily into the traditional sonnet traditions begun by Petrarch during the Italian Renaissance.

Spenser's Amoretti are dedicated to his wife, and we see in the poems his love and devotion to her. A representative poem is Sonnet 75, "One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon the Strand." In the poem, Spenser describes a scenario wherein he writes his lover's name on the beach, but the tide washes it away. His beloved says it's foolish to attempt to make immortal...

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