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Sonnet 30 (Fire And Ice) Analysis



Author: Poetry of Edmund Spenser Type: Poetry Views: 1455

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THe Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Phillis Levin, ed., 2001, Penguin Books, p. 13My love is like to ice, and I to fire:

how comes it then that this her cold so great

is not dissolv'd through my so hot desire,

but harder grows, the more I her entreat?Or how comes it that my exceeding heat

is not delayed by her heart frozen cold,

but that I burn much more in boiling sweat,

and feel my flames augmented manifold?What more miraculous thing may be told

that fire, which all thing melts, should harden ice:

and ice which is congealed with senseless cold,

should kindle fire by wonderful device?Such is the pow'r of love in gentle mind

that it can alter all the course of kind.





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Good afternoon, I am going to paraphrase the first verse of Sonnet 30 by Edmund Spenser:
The author, compares the unrequitted love to the ice and the fire.
Spenser compares the fire because, as we all know, love is hot, really hot; and love is what the man in the poem feels to the woman mentioned.
And he compares the ice to the woman, to the heart of the woman, because she does not love the man.
Also Spenser plays with opposites words, which are those I mentioned : ice and fire.
The first verse is a complete sentence, with a subject, with objets and the verb.
Thank you for your attention readers
Mónica, from Spain, Madrid.
13 May 2014

| Posted on 2014-05-13 | by a guest


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Good afternoon, I am going to paraphrase the first verse of Sonnet 30 by Edmund Spenser:
The author, compares the unrequitted love to the ice and the fire.
Spenser compares the fire because, as we all know, love is hot, really hot; and love is what the man in the poem feels to the woman mentioned.
And he compares the ice to the woman, to the heart of the woman, because she does not love the man.
Also Spenser plays with opposites words, which are those I mentioned : ice and fire.
The first verse is a complete sentence, with a subject, with objets and the verb.
Thank you for your attention readers
Mónica, from Spain, Madrid.
13 May 2014

| Posted on 2014-05-13 | by a guest


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The poem centers about an unrequited love. The love of the man/lover for the woman is compared to fire augmented with flames. But the woman seems to have an insensitive feeling towards the speaker.The couplet summarizes the thought of the poem as whole.It conveys how powerful love can be that it can alter all course of kind.

| Posted on 2014-02-01 | by a guest


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It says that the Woman is like a "freezing ice" because she totally ignores and disregard the feeling of her lover. BUT even though she pushes him away and disregards his existence, the love he had for her will only be more passionate :)..
-Rica ♥

| Posted on 2013-11-06 | by a guest


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The theme of this sonnet is the power of love, which can cause alteration of feelings, emotion, and natural cource of life. This sonnet therefore has a very popular subject matter- the lover trying hard to immortalise the relationship. The poem is a sonnet grouped into three quatrains and a couplet.Spencer splits his poem into four different sections, each section being a question\" The lady in this sonnet is compared to ice whose feelings of coldness keeps her disinterested towards the burning love of the speaker. She is a heartless, insensitive woman who is not ready to melt down on the speaker\'s efforts and love. The speaker is thus shocked to notice such a type of behaviour and wonders that his exceeeding passions of love are responsible for the increasing indifference in the lady. The speaker, surprisingly is hopefull that one day his burning passions of love will melt her down and she will understand his love and true feelings.
Aastha Mathur,
India

| Posted on 2011-11-24 | by a guest


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The theme of this sonnet is the power of love, which can cause alteration of feelings, emotion, and natural cource of life. This sonnet therefore has a very popular subject matter- the lover trying hard to immortalise the relationship. The poem is a sonnet grouped into three quatrains and a couplet.Spencer splits his poem into four different sections, each section being a question\" The lady in this sonnet is compared to ice whose feelings of coldness keeps her disinterested towards the burning love of the speaker. She is a heartless, insensitive woman who is not ready to melt down on the speaker\'s efforts and love. The speaker is thus shocked to notice such a type of behaviour and wonders that his exceeeding passions of love are responsible for the increasing indifference in the lady. The speaker, surprisingly is hopefull that one day his burning passions of love will melt her down and she will understand his love and true feelings.

| Posted on 2011-11-24 | by a guest




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