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Sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser Prezi

An analysis on Sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser.

Holly Hoang

on 3 February 2017

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Lyric poetry - rhyming schemes that express personal and emotional feelings

Spenserian Sonnet- fusion of Petrarchan sonnet and Shakespearean sonnet

Spenserian stanza- 3 quatrains and a couplet
-iambic pentameter
Rhyme scheme- ababbcbccdcdee

Shifts: line 5- poet to woman
line 9- woman to poet
First 4 lines, desperate to write name
Dialogue, adds personal attachment
Last 6 lines, motivated to make their love everlasting

First person point of view

Theme: Our love cannot be destroyed
By Edmund Spenser
Sonnet 75
What other ways are there to make something or someone eternal?

What would you do for the person you love?

Why does the speaker work in vain to eternalize
his lover's name?
Sonnet 75
Edmund Spenser
Created By: Catherine Tran & Hollyanna Hoang
born around 1552 in London
Died January 13, 1599
occupation: poet
friends with Walter Raleigh

best known for The Faerie Queene- pleased Queen Elizabeth --> small pension for life

pamphlet, A View of the Present State of Ireland, genocidal intent

Sonnet 75- part of Amoretti (little love poems) sonnet cycle to Elizabeth Boyle, his wife
One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed 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 doest in vain assay,
A mortal thing so to immortalize,
For I myself shall like to this decay,
And eke my name be wiped out likewise."
"Not so," quoth I, "let baser things devise
To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:
My verse your virtues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens write your glorious name.
Where whenas Death shall all the world subdue,
Our love shall live, and later life renew."
One day, I wrote her name on the sand of the seashore, but the waves washed her name away. Then I wrote it again but it was gone because the tide came.
"Unsuccessful man," she said ,"who tries unsuccessfully,
you try to preserve my name
when you know that I will be forgotten after my death like my name being wiped from the sand."
"Not quite right," I said ,"Let worthless things plan
to die and become dust but your name will live on
because my poetry will make you eternal.
When Death conquers the world
Our love shall live on.
The Poem
Waves represent death and time

Sand represents memory

His verses = to scripture
in heaven
Literary Devices
Personification- the tide "made my pains his prey"
the waves came to "wash it away"
Alliteration- "devise to die in dust"
"Our love shall live, and later life renew"
"verse your virtues
Repetition- decay, die, death
Second hand: handwriting
strand: beach
assay: try
eke: also
quoth: said
devise: plan
baser: worthless
subdue: conquer
"The Biography of Edmund Spenser." PoemHunter.Com. Web. 19 March 2013.

Geffen, Jos. " Edmund Spenser -- Sonnet 75 -- info." Home Page of Jos van Geffen . N.p., 13 Oct. 1994. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
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