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Sonnet 75 Analysis



Author: poem of Edmund Spenser Type: poem Views: 36


One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed it away:
Agayne I wrote it with a second hand,
But came the tyde, and made my paynes his pray.
"Vayne man," sayd she, "that doest in vaine assay.
A mortall thing so to immortalize,
For I my selve shall lyke to this decay,
and eek my name bee wyped out lykewize."
"Not so," quod I, "let baser things devize,
To dy in dust, but you shall live by fame:
My verse your vertues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens wryte your glorious name.
Where whenas death shall all the world subdew,
Our love shall live, and later life renew."

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maybe the shore is a metaphor for the human mind, how we go through life making memories and loving people. then once those people are gone, they stay in our mind along with those memories. and you try and try to keep them alive in your mind (writing them on th shore over and over again) the sea could represent many things. such as time, something that cannot be changed, moved or paused. can b represented b the rest of the world (other people)trying to trick you into forgetting those who have passed away. basically, this sonnet represents a hard time in ones life where the tragedy of death occurred and the sit alone trying to revive them through memory, making sure the departed are not to be fogotten
A.kaye.

| Posted on 2013-05-08 | by a guest


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i dont think it is about love, i believe this is x-rated and shouldnt be read in modern times.

| Posted on 2012-06-18 | by a guest


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I believe that whom ever wrote this was a complete idiot. Well, the person who re-wrote it. They can not spell and should not write things they have no knowledge about.

| Posted on 2012-02-15 | by a guest


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this sonnet is an extract from the poem Amoretti written by Edmund Spencer in the renaissance era it is a spensirien sonnet (octave ; sestet ;2 couplets )the sonnets were in fashion at that time because they reflected the rigger and order that renaissance writers valued the poet writes the name of his beloved to prove her existance in this universe ; as all humanists of the time sought to focus on human capabilities and make him the center of the world ; by chalenging the orderof the universe we can see man\'s endeavour to surpass his own capacities and overcome his weeknesses ; his mortality; and the only way to do it is throught ART renaissance writers in general were fascinated by the thought of going beyond bounderies set by the great chain of being .so ; it is a poem based on the condradiction betwen mortality and immortality permanance and temporariness

| Posted on 2011-12-19 | by a guest


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the theme that Spenser employs in this sonnet is that of preservation through words, that one can achieve immortality through literature. in the verse \"Where whenas death shall all the world subdew,
Our love shall live, and later life renew.\"
he shows that once death comes for them they/their love will be reborn again when new generations read this poem.

| Posted on 2011-02-02 | by a guest


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so funny D.W.W.H
i dont know the meaning of these old words
would some 1 tell me
plz
Reem

| Posted on 2011-01-07 | by a guest


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He writes her name on the beach but a tide comes and washes it away. He again writes her name in the sand but again the tide washes it away. She criticizes him for caring so much about immortalizing things. This shows that everything in life is fleeting. In line 9 the poem turns. He says that he could immortalize his loved one through his verse (poetry). \"But you shall live by fame: My verse your virtues rare shall eternize...\" lines 10 and 11. He says through his poetry their love shall last forever.

| Posted on 2010-11-15 | by a guest


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He writes her name on the beach but a tide comes and washes it away. He again writes her name in the sand but again the tide washes it away. She criticizes him for caring so much about immortalizing things. This shows that everything in life is fleeting. In line 9 the poem turns. He says that he could immortalize his loved one through his verse (poetry). \"But you shall live by fame: My verse your virtues rare shall eternize...\" lines 10 and 11. He says through his poetry their love shall last forever.

| Posted on 2010-11-15 | by a guest


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Lucky Elizabeth Boyle To love and be loved by someone like Spenser. Good old English

| Posted on 2010-08-27 | by a guest


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Your spelling of the poem is wrong. Learn to spell correctly.
D.W.W.H.

| Posted on 2010-08-12 | by a guest


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I think that Spenser wanted to tell through this sonnet how a man explains, and shows, his beloved that he loves her so much, and now is writing in verse to know also the others that, because he don't likes to disappear this true and strong love. Also he writes this to her beloved because he is not sure, is this love above morality but has convinced himself that this love can't be disappeared. Until current time the love won and he was right. by UP-Prishtina -Kosovo

| Posted on 2010-06-05 | by a guest


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First,the lover tries to immortalise his beloved by writing her name in the sand but every time hi tries sea washes and his work goes in vain,he tries this for th firs time ,second and so on...until his lover,seeing that he is trying to make possible something that is impossible,tells him that he is not going to make it,and then explains that she has tried the same thing but the result was like his now.But beliving at his possibility in making her and their love immortal he tells her that he will write every thing in his verses so that even when they will be dead and thei generation too athers that will come are going to read them and know about the great love that they have for each other.kosova

| Posted on 2010-05-31 | by a guest


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First,the lover tries to immortalise his beloved by writing her name in the sand but every time hi tries sea washes and his work goes in vain,he tries this for th firs time ,second and so on...until his lover,seeing that he is trying to make possible something that is impossible,tells him that he is not going to make it,and then explains that she has tried the same thing but the result was like his now.But beliving at his possibility in making her and their love immortal he tells her that he will write every thing in his verses so that even when they will be dead and thei generation too athers that will come are going to read them and know about the great love that they have for each other.kosova

| Posted on 2010-05-31 | by a guest


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First,the lover tries to immortalise his beloved by writing her name in the sand but every time hi tries sea washes and his work goes in vain,he tries this for th firs time ,second and so on...until his lover,seeing that he is trying to make possible something that is impossible,tells him that he is not going to make it,and then explains that she has tried the same thing but the result was like his now.But beliving at his possibility in making her and their love immortal he tells her that he will write every thing in his verses so that even when they will be dead and thei generation too athers that will come are going to read them and know about the great love that they have for each other.kosova

| Posted on 2010-05-31 | by a guest


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The poem “One day I wrote her name upon the strand” (rpt. In Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 10th ed. [Boston: Wadsworth, 2009] 1003) written by Edmund Spenser is a poem of true love. What this poem is basically trying to portray is that when you love someone or something that love does not have to end. Love is eternal and in this case it will last into what the author believes to be heaven. The central purpose of this poem is to make one realize that our lives are not forever, our relationships are not forever, but love is. Love is the only thing that can break the rules of mortality. Love is forever and will last into our next lives if our path leads us to heaven, thats where our love will follow us.
This poem, consisting of 14 lines and a rhyme scheme of (abab bcbc cdcd ee), is a Shakesperian sonnet. Also a sonnet like this has three quatrains and a couplet in iambic pentameter.
It starts out with a man writing a woman's name in the sand but it washes away. He tries again with his other hand, but a second time it washes away. “But came the tide, and made my pains his prey”. The first eight lines of this poem illustrates a man that is trying to make what is perishable, last forever. This man tried to write her name upon the strand twice, he is trying to do the same thing twice and hopes to expect different results, this illustrates insanity on the mans part. After that, a woman say “Vain man” she calls this man vain because he writes in the sand expecting for the name to stay there, and it obviously wont because the tide will wash it away. She goes on to say “ that dost in vain assay A mortal thing so to immortalize. For I myself shall, like to this, decay, And eek my name be wiped out likewise”. Basically what this woman is trying to say is that this man is a fool in the aspect of life and relationships. Just like the sand is washed away from the tide, this woman he cares for will die eventually and there is nothing that he can do to control that because immortality is not real.
The poem goes on to say “Not so,” quoth I, “let baser things decise To die in dust, but you shall live by fame: My verse your virtues rare shall eternize, And in the heavens write you glorious name,” These lines in the poem the man claims he can make their love last forever despite mortality. He says he can do this by using his verse. He goes on to say that when people die,(because people do die because they are mortal) that everyone will still have knowledge of their love because it will be eternal.
The last two lines of the poem are the rhyming couplets, these are the most important lines of the poem because they have so much meaning and they conclude the poem. “Where whenas death shall all the world subdue Our love shall live, and later life renew.” What the speaker is trying to portray is that they may live mortal lives but their love will last forever. They will be together until death and even after death they will reunite into the kingdom of heaven, where they will live forever.

| Posted on 2010-05-06 | by a guest


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Sonnet 75
Edmund Spenser
One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed it away:
Again I wrote it with a second hand,
But came the tide, and made my pains his prey.
Vain man, said she, that dost in vain assay
A mortal thing so to immortalize!
For I myself shall like to this decay,
And eek my name be wiped out likewise.
Not so (quoth I), let baser things devise
To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:
My verse your virtues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens write your glorious name;
Where, whenas death shall all the world subdue,
Our love shall live, and later life renew.
Spenserian sonnet
Rhyme scheme: abab bcbc cdcd ee
Part One (Lines 1-8)
He is talking about how things in this world are impermanent. He wrote her name in the sand, but it washed away. She criticizes him for trying to make a mortal thing (them/their love) immortal (last forever).
Part two (Lines 9-12)
Line 9 begins the turn of the poem (turn is a poetry term). He has set up this idea of impermanence, but he is going to begin to change thought here. He claims that he can make her/.their love live forever…he says he can do this by using his verse/this sonnet. He talks about how all people will die, and even when they do, the whole world will still know of their love.
Part three (13-14) rhyming couplet
These two lines sum up the whole poem. The whole world is going to die, but our love will last forever (because of this poem.)
The idea of immortalizing love in poetry is a very common theme for sonnets. (Shakespeare did it all the time, Spenser is doing this also)
Sonnets are romantic poetry---declaring love and all that good stuff.

| Posted on 2010-04-14 | by a guest


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thee poem at first seems to be an english sonnet...however, with the rhyme scheme abab bcbc cdcd ee, it is clearly a spenserian sonnet. a combination of english and italian sonnet

| Posted on 2010-03-31 | by a guest


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obama is not hot and where are those "changes" we were supposed to see/promised???

| Posted on 2010-03-18 | by a guest


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This is a spenserian sonnet. Its a different type of sonnet that was invented by spenser himself 8)

| Posted on 2010-03-09 | by a guest


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Actually, a SHAKESPEAREAN SONNET's rhyme scheme is: abab cdcd efef gg. This one is definitely not Shakespearean.

| Posted on 2010-02-24 | by a guest


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Thank you for providing me my assignment in english III. This site is very helpful to students like me especially in studying different literary works. :)
- ella nemis - (//_^)

| Posted on 2009-12-03 | by a guest


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This poem is actually a Shakesperian Sonnet.
ababb
cbccd
cdee
"Little Cupids."

| Posted on 2009-12-02 | by a guest


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obama is not hott you freaks. this poem is boring and lame. i love you!! fo sho/

| Posted on 2009-11-10 | by a guest


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I have concluded that this is my life....in Spenserian form. No doubt, home slice. I like whales. Not as much as my sweet Elizabeth. I like making sand castles. I like making sand angels...they are pretty much the same thing as snow angels....except in the sand. But then this stupid contraption made by the DEVIL called the ocean comes along and takes everything away...my soul included. And if you are wondering...YES...i AM, in fact, a demon child. 666 is the tat on my BEEEhind. I am tat, tat, tatted up fo sho. Holy water does burn me if you were wondering.
I like raspberries, too. Just FYI.

| Posted on 2009-09-24 | by a guest


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the poem is a typical example of the poetic credo/belief found commonly in the poets of the Elizebethan age, suggests how powerful art, in particular poetry/ literature ( because spenser is a poet) is. While, the sea erases all foot and other prints on the'sands of time', its only poetry that can confer immortality.His ladylove's extraordinary beauty and his love for her lives on forever defying cruel time-the wrecker of all that is beautiful and lovely. Shakespeare's sonnet 'Shall I Compare Thee..' also, more or less ends on the same note..'..and this(the poem)gives life to thee...'
Spenser's poem is remarkable and exquisite. Yoganand Kore, India

| Posted on 2009-09-06 | by a guest


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its an interesting poem. it shows how much passion people had back than and its relevant even in todays world. the poem is about time washing away everything in its path and leaving nothing to remember.

| Posted on 2009-09-01 | by a guest


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the poem reveals the transitoriness of every physical object. Irene Siddique bangladesh

| Posted on 2009-03-17 | by a guest


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apparently they're not moderated...(see OBAMA'S SOOO HOTT post). moron.

| Posted on 2009-02-19 | by a guest


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he is saying that people are easily forgotten, especially once they are gone. time often slips thru and many efforts are made in vain. he did not know his writings would still be read today, so how could he be saying that she will always be remembered? memories can forget, paper destroyed, and he could have never been known. so he was only keeping her alive for the short amount of time, for all he knew, 400 hundred years later (currently) we would never know of either of the two. he is saying time washes away all things, good and bad, weather we want it to or not.

| Posted on 2009-01-05 | by a guest


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he is saying that people are easily forgotten, especially once they are gone. time often slips thru and many efforts are made in vain. he did not know his writings would still be read today, so how could he be saying that she will always be remembered? memories can forget, paper destroyed, and he could have never been known. so he was only keeping her alive for the short amount of time, for all he knew, 400 hundred years later (currently) we would never know of either of the two. he is saying time washes away all things, good and bad, weather we want it to or not.

| Posted on 2009-01-05 | by a guest


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he is saying that people are easily forgotten, especially once they are gone. time often slips thru and many efforts are made in vain. he did not know his writings would still be read today, so how could he be saying that she will always be remembered? memories can forget, paper destroyed, and he could have never been known. so he was only keeping her alive for the short amount of time, for all he knew, 400 hundred years later (currently) we would never know of either of the two. he is saying time washes away all things, good and bad, weather we want it to or not.

| Posted on 2009-01-05 | by a guest


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Sonnet 26 from Edmund Spenser in the Faerie Queene

| Posted on 2008-11-17 | by a guest


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OBAMA 08 OMG HE IS SO HOTT I CAN'T WAIT FOR HIM TO BE ELECTED YES!!!! WE'LL GET FREE STUFF, FREE MONEY EVEN WITHOUT JOBS LIFE WILL BE AMAZING!!! OBAMA 08!

| Posted on 2008-06-09 | by a guest


.: Paraphrase :.

[One day I wrote her name upon the strand(sand exposed during low tide)]
[But the waves came and washed it away]
[I wrote it again with my other hand;]
[But the waves came, and again destroyed my efforts.]
[She then says, "You efforts are in vain.]
[A mortal thing so to immortalize(his writting's are "alive", but are "killed" by the waves)]
[Much like my name in the sand, memories of me will also be lost.]
[My name is washed away, much like the memories of me]
[Not at all, let these lesser things]
[Die out, but you will be remembered forever]
[My poetry and your excellence will be remembered forever]
[and when you get to heaven present your glorious name]
[and when I die]
[everyone will remember our love, and our legacy will continue]

| Posted on 2008-05-08 | by a guest


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[One day I wrote her name upon the strand(sand exposed during low tide)]
[But the waves came and washed it away]
[I wrote it again with my other hand;]
[But the waves came, and again destroyed my efforts.]
[She then says, "You efforts are in vain.]
[A mortal thing so to immortalize(his writting's are "alive", but are "killed" by the waves)]
[Much like my name in the sand, memories of me will also be lost.]
[My name is washed away, much like the memories of me]
[Not at all, let these lesser things]
[Die out, but you will be remembered forever]
[My poetry and your excellence will be remembered forever]
[and when you get to heaven present your glorious name]
[and when I die]
[everyone will remember our love, and our legacy will continue]

| Posted on 2008-05-08 | by a guest


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This poem, first of all, is a Spenserian sonnet, created by, of course, Edmund Spenser. The Spenserian sonnet is broken up into four parts, with a couplet acting as an answer to the poem. The poet speaks of his trying to immmortalize the woman he loves by writing her name in the sand. He tries to defy nature, God, etc by trying to write her name in a place that is only going to dissapear each time. He writes it in vain, though vanity plays two seperate roles in this poem. By referring to the tide washing the name away, he is expressing a mental and spiritual immortality, and also referring to time and that eventually we will die.

| Posted on 2008-03-26 | by a guest


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one day, i wrote her name on the sand of the seashore, but the waves washed her name away. Then i wrote it again but it was gone baecause the tide came. Then she said, you are only trying in vain. why are you still writing my name when you know that i will be forgotten after my death. No, your wrong, I said. your name and our love for each other will live on for all of eternity in my poetry.

| Posted on 2007-07-08 | by a guest


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During the Elizabethan age, love sonnets traditionally told the story of men in love with unattainable women. However, Spenser's sonnets from his sonnet sequence "Amoretti" defy the general pessimism and give an optimistic look at love. In fact, his "Sonnet 75" shows such optimism that his persona, after a realization in the poem, claims that his love will be immortal through verse. "Sonnet 75" stands as a successful sonnet because it presents an optimistic view on love through graphic imagery and a realistic story. Spencer takes the success of the work a step further because he uses form, rhyme, personification, and alliteration to mirror the imagery and story of his Elizabethan sonnet. Poetry blows.



| Posted on 2007-03-25 | by a guest




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