Spenser uses two interesting elements to convey his feelings and emotions in reference to love to show us why love is mutual and shouldn t be given up upon. His strong and continually increasing desire only makes her less and less interested. Such is the pow'r of love in gentle mind that it can alter all the course of kind. He uses a metaphor to display his negative response towards love. First of all, I will analyse the formal structure of the poem by studying the rhyme scheme and the rhythm of the sonnet.
Most sonnet sequences of the time presented a speaker who yearned for a lover who is sexually unavailable. It is possible that the old ways of male superiority have not completely died in the art world,. What more miraculous thing may be told, That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice, And ice, which is congeal'd with senseless cold, Should kindle fire by wonderful device? The man can not believe that even though she has turned him away, his desire for her only increases. The rhyme pattern is abab bcbc cdcd ee written in iambic pentameter. The poet is feeling as if his effort towards this woman is not only futile but causing her to become more insensitive towards his fire. It is through his power, as a poet, to immortalize her transient manifestation of eternal beauty, that he attains her level: The Epithalamion is an ode written to commemorate the nuptials of the speaker and his bride. Later, Cupid wounds the speaker with an arrow plaed there by Diane, goddess of the hunt.
The Third section has a total turn around through the mood and the tone. The Poet produced the heat that caused the warm attractions, the burning passions, the melting desires that strengthened and hardened the love between him and his loved one. Yet, Spenser does focus on the raising of questions and use of commas throughout. The fire represents the man and his burning desire to be with the woman, while ice represents the woman and her lack of interest in him. This can be linked to the scientific references throughout the poem - fire and ice. Despite the threat of sorrow, this section of the sonnet cycle does take a turn for the better. Sonnets 87 through 89 dwell upon the speaker's misery at being separated from his beloved, but there is an implied expectation that they will, eventually, be reunited.
There is no such thing as impossible love. Also, the implicit sexual references can be contrasted with wider reading that encompasses much more explicit sexual references. Use of simile, presenting the juxtaposition. This poem is a Spenserian sonnet which is composed of three quatrains and a final couplet. Thus, it could perhaps symbolise her purity and celibacy. About the poet and the way of explaining what he has, he talks in a very original way about the subject, and at the same time, the continuing development of the subject helps you understand everything clearly. Symbolism is seen through out the poem very often in respect to human emotions and feelings.
The speaker brings the reader to the last section. Sure, love is warm and fuzzy, but sex, jealousy, and desire can run out of control. But the woman seems to have an insensitive feeling towards the speaker. The long-sought beloved has acceded to the speaker's request, making her his fiancee. The speaker is naive and short-sighted. This presents the power of love. What are the differences between an Italian sonnet and an Elizabethan or Shakespearean sonnet? He has developed a verse of eighteen lines, with the most complex orchestration of rhyme, and varying line lengths, and a refrain- 'The woods shall to me answer and my Eccho ring'- subtly altered as the poem proceeds, tracing the progress of the wedding-day from dawn to night.
This can be related to the text and the 'conflict' that Spenser is exploring between physical and spiritual love can be explored. The first section carries its own tone and mood, set by the first line, My love is like to ice, and I to fire, Spenser chooses two elements that are incompatible and completely opposite from each other giving the feeling of impossibility, hopelessness. He goes so far as to seek solace in the fact that she continues to torment him with rejection: if she continues to speak to him, even negatively, it is perhaps because she cannot resist interaction with him. Thus, metaphysical poetry focuses on sexual desires and the human nature of love. The speaker, as a response, decides to immortalize her in the sonnet. So we must be dealing with symbols. Displays the absurdity of this love, by using the laws of Physics.
Such is the power of love in gentle mind, That it can alter all the course of kind. It seems more likely that Spenser collected existing sonnets, adding to their number with such an arrangement in mind. On this increasingly precarious ground the speaker stands, desperate to squeeze some hope out of his miserable plight. Spencer splits his poem into four different sections, each section being a question, which illustrate human emotions and feelings through different states of love. In 1617, still under a death sentence, he was granted voyage to South America, however, his men attacked a Spanish settlement, and the Spanish king pressed King James to execute him. Symbolism is seen through out the poem very often in respect to human emotions and feelings. He also introduces another motif of analogies: predator and prey.
Spenser's metaphors of fire and ice create vivid imagery throughout the poem. Spenser views the science of this as a 'wonderful device' that kindles his fire. However, the woman he loves does not have the same romantic tendencies, rather, she is more practical. He doesn t fully realize his situation and the nature of his love towards this medium that has negative effects to his actions. The speaker tells Cupid that the mistake is understandable, as he has not been the first to confuse the two.