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Sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser Prezi
Transcript of Sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser Prezi
Spenserian Sonnet- fusion of Petrarchan sonnet and Shakespearean sonnet
Spenserian stanza- 3 quatrains and a couplet
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
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?
Created By: Catherine Tran & Hollyanna Hoang
born around 1552 in London
Died January 13, 1599
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.
Waves represent death and time
Sand represents memory
His verses = to scripture
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
"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.