Write a critical analysis and summary of the sonnet "Amoretti 33" by Edmund Spenser.

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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 his best friend, Lodowick Bryskett, to agree that completing such a work as the "Queene of Faery," especially for a man with a "simple head" was more than a difficult task even if the poem were poorly written.  The acknowledgement that the work is "rudely writ" is undoubtedly Spenser's exercise of false modesty--he surely doesn't believe his work is badly written--but he may also be saying that the work is truly difficult for any one man to accomplish.

In lines 9-12, Spenser complains that how can he, with such limited intelligence, be expected to accomplish such a daunting task, especially when the task itself has "my spirite spoyle," that is, completely depressed him so that he cannot continue the work.  On one level, Spenser may be emphasizing the immense task of writing an epic poem, and on a deeper level, he may be commenting on the difficulties inherent in the act of writing anything.

The last two lines simply beg his friend to stop complaining about his tardy writing until he either gets some rest or Lodowick gives him someone to assist him in this monumental task.


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