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" One day I wrote her name upon the strand" by Edmund Spenc
Transcript of " One day I wrote her name upon the strand" by Edmund Spenc
Background/ Biological Info.
- Born around 1552 in Smithfield, London
-Died on January 13th, 1599 in London
- Not a lot of info on his life
- Educated at: Merchant Taylor's School, Pembroke College (Cambridge)
-Served the English Forces during the Second Desmond rebellion
-Met his future wife Elizabeth Boyle (half his age) in Ireland.
-His year long suit to win her hand in marriage is recorded in Spenser's Amoretti (little love poems).
Background/ Biological Info (cont.)
- There is no reliable picture of Edmund nor the people connected to him.
-Tomb in Kilcredan Church that contained the head of Elizabeth Boyle, but it's been lost.
"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 the tide and made my pains his prey.
Vain man (said she) that dost in vain assay
A mortal thing so to immortalise;
For I myself shall like to this decay,
And eke my name be wipèd out likewise.
Not so (quod I); let baser things devise
To die in dust, but you shall live by fame;
My verse your virtues rare shall eternise,
And in the heavens write your glorious name:
Where, when as Death shall all the world subdue,
Our love shall live, and later life renew."
- archaic second person singular present of do.
- to try or test; put trial or to examine or analyze.
-the land bordering a body of water.
- archaic: increase or lengthen
- the bottom or lowest part of something: the part on which something rests or supported.
- to contrive,plan or elaborate.
-to make eternal, to immortalize.
- to overcome.
- Having or showing high self worth on appearance or abilities; Useless
Edmund speaks about writing his love's name on the sand and having it be washed away by the waves. He attempts a second time to write her name and once again it is washed away. The way that he consistently attempts to write her name is symbolic of his desparity to keep his love immortal (as well as his poetry). Upon seeing this, his love is said to think him foolish, she does not believe that anything lives on forever and tells Edmund that she,too, will someday die and be forgotten...
" One Day I Wrote Her Name upon the Strand"
She claims him to be "vain", meaning that he is acting in self interest and that his attempts are useless. To this, Edmund argues that they will forever live on through his writing.
-Theme: Time and Immortality
-Main metaphor is based on "waves". They represent each individual life cycle and its process/ inevitable mortality.
- Iambic pentameter
- Rhyme Scheme: ABAB, BCBC,CDCD,EE
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Kilcredan Church in Cork, Ireland
Food for thought
- Does anything in the world last?
- Can people really live on through literature?
- In the future, will you attempt to immortalize yourself through literature or a significant event, or let yourself be forgotten?
have a good day