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My comments on sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 –13 January 1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queen, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the English language. As to his sonnet 75, it is a short poem but conveys the author’s thoughts and emotions, which is regarded as a represent of his achievements.

Though the English sonnet is greatly popularized by Shakespeare, the Spenser form in fact demanded more skills and dexterities of language which was named ―the Spenserian stanza. ―Sonnet 75 was according to this structure, which is special in the rhyme abab bcbc cdcd ee:

One day I wrote her name upon the stra nd, (a)

But came the waves and washed it aw ay: (b)

Agayne I wrote it with a second ha nd, (a)

But came the tyde, and made my paynes his pr ay. (b)

―V ayne man,‖, said she, ―that does in vain ass ay,‖ (b)

A mortal thing so to immortal ize. (c)

For I my selve shall lyke to this dec ay, (b)

And eek my name bee wiped out lykew ize.‖ (c)

This kind of interlocking pattern made the two quatrains connect closely, which is consistence with the romantic dialogues between poet and his lover. And the main theme of the poem was expressed naturally. Romantic dialogues, fluent structure made the whole poem more like a prose. Exactly, it became a prose poem. Sonnet 75 was also according to the tradition of iambic feet, emphasizing on unstressed syllable and stressed syllable which is corresponding with tide’s fluctuation. When readers read it, as if they were in the shore and have watched the scenes by themselves.

sonnet75 赏析

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