EN 1006 Lecture Notes - Quatrain, Petrarch, Courtly Love

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
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English 1100 B Thurs. Oct.
2, 2008
Some definitions:
Conceit An extended metaphor
Pg. 436 of text –read the sonnet
What are some similes?
Her beauty is naturalized; read through nature that liken
her to flowers
The conceit Spencer uses in the sonnet is ‘lover as garden’
Uses senses of touch and smell to evoke the beauty of
the beloved
What are some of the formal aspects of a sonnet?
14 lines
Usually an ayamic pentametor
Rhyming couplets
The Sonnet Form:
Fixed verse form consisting of 14 lines that are five-foot iambics
that rhyme
Originated in Italy 13th century
Reached highest forms of expression in 14th century in Petrarch
Franscesco Petrarch:
Italian scholar and poet
Wrote 300 sonnets to Laura
These sonnets contributed to renaissance flowering of lyric poetry
Sonnets to Laura treat a variety of moods and subjects, particularly
intense psychological reactions to his beloved
Once the printing press was invented, Petrarch’s poems became
increasingly widespread
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What are some similes: her beauty is naturalized; read through nature that liken her to flowers. The conceit spencer uses in the sonnet is lover as garden": uses senses of touch and smell to evoke the beauty of the beloved. What are some of the formal aspects of a sonnet: 14 lines, usually an ayamic pentametor, rhyming couplets. Fixed verse form consisting of 14 lines that are five-foot iambics that rhyme. Reached highest forms of expression in 14th century in petrarch. These sonnets contributed to renaissance flowering of lyric poetry. Sonnets to laura treat a variety of moods and subjects, particularly intense psychological reactions to his beloved. Once the printing press was invented, petrarch"s poems became increasingly widespread. First -> octave states problem, asks question, expresses emotional tension. Rhyme scheme of sestet varies: cdecde, cdccdc or cdedce. Iamb a metrical unit of verse, having one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable.

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