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Edmund Spenser

In Sonnet 79, Spenser is addressing a person who, according to other men, is extremely “fair,” or physically beautiful. Spenser accepts that this is the case. However, he points out that this...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2021, 11:21 am (UTC)

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"Prothalamion" by Edmund Spenser is a long verse "written as a wedding song for the daughters of a duke." Rather than write with a divergence of thought, Spenser uses a continuous thought. Also,...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2014, 10:26 pm (UTC)

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To build from what pohnpei397 has explained, we might begin by generalizing and say that this is a love poem. The poet is writing about the pages of poetry that he is writing (leaves = pages) and...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2015, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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Edumund Spenser was (and is) called "the poet's poet" because of the very high quality of his poetry and because he enjoyed "the pure artistry of his craft" so much. He is also called that because...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2009, 2:21 am (UTC)

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Amoretti is a collection of sonnets and poems written by Edmund Spenser. As suggested by the title, the works contained therein are about love, specifically the courtship and marriage of Edmund...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2020, 11:29 am (UTC)

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A look at "Amoretti 33" helps to orient "Amoretti 34" in the ongoing love story of Edmund for Elizabeth. Critics agree that Edmund Spenser is chronicling his own--sometimes fruitless--pursuit of...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2010, 10:31 am (UTC)

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Amoretti was a sonnet cycle written in the sixteenth century by Edmund Spenser. Sonnet 67, "Like as a huntsman after weary chase," is written in the form of an English or Shakespearean sonnet,...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2016, 2:54 pm (UTC)

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"Sonnet 35" is undoubtedly a love poem. But it deals primarily with the pain of longing that is so often a part of being in love. The speaker cannot help but long for his beloved, even though it...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020, 7:56 am (UTC)

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Spenser's poetic aesthetic (or simply "poetics" or "writing style") is so complex and unified that critics, like Harry Berger, Jr., have suggested that his poetic aesthetic forms a paradigm rather...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2012, 12:13 pm (UTC)

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Edmund Spenser

While the title of “Epithalamion” comes from a traditional term for a song celebrating a marriage, the word “Prothalamion” is a Spenserian coinage. It is unsurprising, therefore, that, although...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2020, 4:58 am (UTC)

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English essayist and poet Charles Lamb (1775 - 1834) named Edmund Spenser the "poet's poet" for his unique innovations in poetry. While scholars often begin English literature with Chaucer, Edmund...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2018, 12:31 am (UTC)

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Edmund Spenser employs many figures of speech in "Sonnet 75." Alliteration is a figure of speech in which a letter or sound is repeated. In the second line, Spenser alliterates the W sound: "waves...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020, 8:38 pm (UTC)

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Imagery is when words are used to describe the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. In this poem, Spenser uses visual imagery to liken the narrator's emotional state to a ship that...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017, 2:41 pm (UTC)

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"Amoretti: Sonnet 79" conveys the basic message that physical beauty is not the most important attribute of the woman the speaker is addressing. This, of course, is not necessarily a striking idea...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019, 1:59 am (UTC)

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According to Arnold Sanders, Goucher College, Spenser’s Amoretti are mostly written in a concatenated rhyme scheme of ababbcbccdcdee. The underlined rhymes are concatenated, linking stanzas across...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2010, 3:42 am (UTC)

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Critics say Epithalamion is Spenser's masterpiece, recalling the greatness of The Faerie Queene, and the greatest poem in the English language. In it, Spenser creates a complex celebration of life...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2010, 8:28 am (UTC)

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In this sonnet by Edmund Spenser the poet is asking for something very simple - happiness. It is a generous request because he does not just ask for happiness for himself, but for all mankind. The...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2010, 7:10 pm (UTC)

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The two sonnets both suggest that poetry is the superior mode by which a beloved's fame or perfection may endure time and nature's decay. In Spender, the waves obliterate the beloved's name written...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018, 9:18 pm (UTC)

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In this poem, the main example of personification that stands out is that Spenser has the tide, or the waves, speak to him. Personification is giving inanimate objects human-like traits, so a wave...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2009, 11:32 am (UTC)

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The poem presents a "dialog" between Spense and his lady. He attempts to immortalize her by writing her name in the sand, but the waves (time) relentlessly erase what he writes. He writes again,...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2009, 5:30 am (UTC)

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Themes: The themes compare in that both narrator’s of these sonnets are relating the difficult trials they face in life and how they perceive them. The themes also compare in that both narrator’s...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2015, 9:00 pm (UTC)

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The speaker in Edmund Spenser's "One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon the Strand" plans to immortalize his beloved in verse. He describes this in lines eleven and twelve when he states, "My verse your...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016, 1:21 am (UTC)

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The Spenserian stanza was developed by Edmund Spenser for The Faerie Queene and was an adaptation of several preceding stanza forms. The Spenserian stanza is unique for having nine lines and for...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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A Spenserian Sonnet, invented by Edmund Spenser, consists of 14 lines. The term "quatrain" refers to a grouping of 4 consecutive lines. Spenserian Sonnets are formed of 3 quatrains followed by a...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019, 2:51 am (UTC)

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Edmund Spenser's first work, The Shepheardes Calender (1579) is a collection of twelve pastoral poems deliberately written with archaic (out of date) vocabulary and spelling to recall the English...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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Spenser's "One Day I Wrote Her Name" is one of my favorites: ONE day I wrote her name upon the strand, / But came the waves and washèd it away: / Again I wrote it with a second hand, / But came...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2009, 4:26 pm (UTC)

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Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser's "Sonnet 75" is a Spenserian sonnet, so it has a specific structure/form that it follows, but it is not possible to discuss the form of this sonnet without discussing the rhyme...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019, 6:31 pm (UTC)

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In sonnet 1 of Edmund Spenser’s sixteenth-century sonnet sequence titled Amoretti, the speaker addresses the “happy leaves” (or pages) of a book as if they were living things. This use of...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011, 11:45 am (UTC)

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One of the most intriguing aspects of Edmund Spenser’s sonnet sequence known as Amoretti is that the male lover is actually successful in winning the affection of the female beloved. In many other...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011, 3:11 pm (UTC)

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Edmund Spenser is probably best known for The Faerie Queen, written as an idealized notion of Elizabethan England and intended to provide the reader with the means to become a perfect gentleman. In...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015, 5:08 am (UTC)

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One musical motif that relates to the time of day and changes through the course of Spenser's Epithalamion is the singing that occurs above and leading into the 17 variations of the refrain: The...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011, 4:34 pm (UTC)

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Since the literary application of the theme of individual immortalized love is that poetry is an immortalizing art and therefore of high and inestimable value, a logical question would be whether...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2009, 10:08 am (UTC)

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I understand aesthetic in this context to mean the Kantian objective and universally recognized beauty that combines aesthetic and taste for evaluations that call on the intellectual, the sensory...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2009, 8:38 am (UTC)

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This Spenserian Sonnet is very similar to Shakespeare's "Sonnet 118," ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day") in that both are meta-poetry (poetry about poetry). Both poems' speakers believe,...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2009, 9:39 pm (UTC)

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On June 11, 1594, the poet Edmund Spenser married Elizabeth Boyle. In celebration of their marriage, he composed the poem Epithalamion, a traditional wedding song, that begins by calling on the...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2020, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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Both poems are sonnets, and both are about love. Shakespeare’s speaker describes his lover in metaphors and she seems to return the affection, but Spenser’s speaker describes a lover that does...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013, 2:32 pm (UTC)

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Spenser uses the idea of writing and a dialogue with his beloved to advance the theme of this sonnet. As the sonnet opens, the speaker has been writing his beloved's name in the sand by the sea,...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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"Amoretti: Sonnet 33" begins with the poet's apology for not having already finished the "Queene of Faery" (The Faerie Queene), a work that would have increased her praises. Spenser then appeals to...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2011, 9:36 am (UTC)

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Edmund Spenser is one of the best-known writers of the English Renaissance, which overlaps with the Elizabethan period (when Queen Elizabeth I was monarch of England). Spenser's famous poem The...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018, 4:57 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 54 by Edmund Spenser: Of this worlds theatre in which we stay,My love like the spectator ydly sitsBeholding me that all the pageants play,Disguysing diversly my troubled wits.Sometimes I...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2010, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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Spenser's Sonnet 75 is part of a sonnet sequence and presents on element of his love for his lover. In short, the element involved here is his desire to immortalize his lover and their love. The...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2010, 5:21 am (UTC)

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"The Procession of the Seasons" uses personification to describe the sequence of seasons. Using personification, the sequence of seasons is mixed with a metaphor of the life of a person. So, in...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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There are many significant differences between Spenser's Amoretti sonnets and his celebratory wedding Epithalamion. Aside from the style and structure of the two, the Amoretti chronicled the...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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Personally, I would say "no" to this question. I do not believe that both poems send the message to readers that the object of the speaker's affection shall last forever because of the verses that...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019, 5:30 pm (UTC)

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Two of the multiple things that set Spenser apart as a great writer among his peers, like Shakespeare and Jonson, and in contemporary times are his genius for allegory and his uncanny ability to...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2011, 1:34 am (UTC)

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This poem is part of the Amoretti cycle of sonnets, which Edmund Spenser wrote to record his courtship with his beloved (and eventual wife) Elizabeth Boyle. The speaker in the sonnet cycle (and...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2021, 2:28 pm (UTC)

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Edmund Spenser's own popularity plus the popularity of the sonnet form combined with Spenser's refreshing twist on the love sonnet sequence to make Sonnet 75 very popular in his own day. Five years...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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This famous sonnet concerns a theme which is explored through many different sonnets by various authors, such as Shakespeare himself. The subject of this sonnet concerns the speaker's attempts to...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011, 12:37 am (UTC)

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While there is no mention of, reference to nor allusion to a class of people in Spenser's Epithalamion, Spenser himself represented the new class of individuals who had new opportunity--within the...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2010, 5:45 am (UTC)

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Let's begin by reviewing some of the characteristics of Renaissance literature. Then we'll look at how Edmund Spenser exhibits these characteristics in his poetry. Renaissance literature is known...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2021, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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