EN 2100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 18, Sprezzatura

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Love – most common type of poetry
What makes a good love poem?
-Thinking of the beloved or person being talked about in the poem as a
real person rather than an object
-Thinking of love as immortal
-Expression of the speaker’s emotions
Petrarchan sonnet rhyme scheme – abba abba (octave) cdecde (setset)
Shakespearean sonnet – 14 lines +xed metre (ends in a rhyming
couplet) iambic pentameter
A C E
B D F G -> rhyming
A C E G -> couplet
B D F
QUATRAINS
Terms
Iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl, spondee, pyrrhic, Volta (turn),
sprezzatura (to conceal e<ort or to make something seem e<ortless)
-Anything can talk about the ideal – Sydney’s argument
Sonnet 18 – shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Compare gender roles in 2 poems
-Like as a huntsman (Edmund Spenser), Amoretti 64 vs. other poems
for this week (sonnet 18)
-In these 2 poems, women are submissive/to be owned or possessed
-Agency is assumed to be male; women are looked at as passive
Conceit – important for sonnet. An extended simile or metaphor often
comparing two very di<erent things/ideas
Sonnet 12 pg. 258 (about time passing/slowing down of time) ->
Shakespearean sonnet
The turn (Volta) is at the last rhyming couplet
-There’s something here that can defy time -> if you have children
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