William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 75 By Edmund Spenser And Sonnet 18

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The theme of poetry is highly elaborated within Renaissance poems especially shown in Sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser and Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare where both speakers promise to their beloveds the power writing holds to “immortalize” and “eternize” their relationship and love (Spenser 6, 11). Just like the name which continued to be washed away by each crashing wave on the sandy shores, Spenser suggests in his poem that love is also impermanent and capable of being erased. Similarly, Shakespeare also agrees that “every fair from fair sometimes decline” where love, as well as everything else, will eventually fall victim to death and decay (Shakespeare 7). However, in the final couplet of both sonnets, the speakers compare the eternalness of their love to the brevity of mortal lives and the beauty of nature, stating that though everything will come to an eventual end, the woman’s beauty as well as her fame will “in eternal lines to time thou grow’st” in their writing (Shakespeare 10). The speakers appear quite confident in their abilities as a poet to make the promise of immortalizing their relationship. Poetry, therefore, becomes such an important recording device that even their love can exist after death in the verses of the poet’s writing.
The role of women has considerably improved in the Renaissance era when compared to past decades. Addressed in “The Flea” by John Donne and Sonnet 39 by Sir Philip Sidney, the poets do not characterize women as mere objects or…

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