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Sonnet 30 by Edmund Spenser

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Alyssa Olafson

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of Sonnet 30 by Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser Edmund Spenser
1552-1599 Poetry Terms Sonnet 30-Reading. Song-Love Stinks
J. Geils Band What type of Sonnet is this?

Is the author's love represented by the fire or ice?

How is the woman like ice?

Does the author's love effect the woman?

Who is a famous author that shares a cemetery with Spenser? Spenser came from a relatively poor family. His first poems were written when he was 16. He received a master of arts degree from Cambridge. He has written one of the greatest poetic romances in English literature, The Faerie Queene. In honor of his great literary achievements, Spenser was buried near Geoffrey Chaucer-one of his favorite poets-in what is now called the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. The poem Sonnet 30 was written to describe Spenser's love for a women who has no feelings for him in return. Every sonnet is a 14 line love poem. Sonnet 30 is a Spenserian sonnet which means it is three quatrains (4 lines) followed by a couplet (2 lines). Whereas a Shakesperian sonnet has a different rhyme scheme, but the lines are set up the same way. A Petrarchan sonnet is an octave (8 lines) followed by a sestet (6 lines)
Sonnet 30 contains similes such as "My love is like to ice, and I to fire"
It has a rhyme scheme of abab bcbc cdcd ee
Sonnet 30 has many examples of imagery. Such as "heart-frozen cold" and "boiling sweat" which create great pictures in a reader's mind. Quiz Sonnet 30
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