Sonnet 75

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Sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser seem to be about author attempts to immortalize his wife and the love of his life by use of symbols, her name and heaven, external conflicts, and alliteration. He puts himself in the center of his poem, express very personal thoughts, emotion and convictions. This poem, the author uses the poetic elements quatrains, couplet at the end. The 1st stanza is quatrain and the rhyme scheme is ABAB. The author and his woman were walking along the shore of the beach, and he attempts to write her name in the sand “I wrote her name, upon the strand” but the ocean’s waves washed it away as how many time he tried to wrote “wash it away”, “came the tide”. The main symbol of this poem is the name wrote on the sand, it symbolized his love for the woman he‘s with and it's the initial reason this sonnet was written. The author used imagery to convey his feeling for his wife, but the waves make he feels that the ocean is taunting him and making him suffer. The images of the beach waves crashing and erasing the name, also represent the first conflict in the poem. The poet has a conflict with the waves since he wants the name he has written in the sand to stay but the waves keep coming and making his “prey." He metaphorically represents the waves as a beast of some sort, hunting for prey; prey in which being the love he possess for his woman. The 2nd stanza is quatrain and rhyme scheme is BCBC. His wife steps in to tell the speaker “vain man”, and he needs to stop what he is doing and is vain for his efforts. His wife says that it is that of mortals to attempt to immortalize that which isn’t in existence any longer “a mortal thing”, “immortalize”. She claims that the man’s attempts were in vain and that no mortal being can be immortalized due to the cruelness of time . The simile “like” in this stanza that showed his wife compares herself to the vain attempt of immortality and says that she will “wash away” just like her name was washed away by the tide....
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