"Sonnet 78" is part of Spenser's Amoretti, a sonnet sequence of 88 sonnets, which, along with Epithalamion (1595), is believed to memorialize his courtship and marriage to Elizabeth Boyle. "Sonnet 78" is a typical Spenserian sonnet, which blends the Shakespearean and Petrarchan (Italian) forms, using three quatrains and a couplet, but employing a linking rhyme scheme--abab/bcbc/cdcd/ee.
"Sonnet 78" centers on the poet's lost (presumably, temporary) lady, and consistent with Spenser's love of nature, uses metaphor draws from nature to carry his despair:
Lackyng my love I go from place to place,/Lyke a young fawn that hath lost the hynd;/And seeke each where, where last I saw her face./Whose ymage I carry fresh in mynd (ll. 1-4)
These lines appropriately establish the sonnet's...
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