Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Edmund Spencer compared to Shakespeare Essay
Sonnet 1 by Edmund Spenser and Sonnet cxxx by William Shakespeare differ greatly in determine, t unrivalled, content, meaning, and persona. Shakespeare begins with a rather un embraceing proportion My mistress are nothing like the sun while Spenser, praises his hunch by wishing he were a book she was reading.Sonnet 1 by Spenser follows a rhyme scheme of his own devising (ababbcbccdcdee) that combines weave thoughts. In this sonnet he praises his wifes beauty and attempts to flatter her through conveying the thought that if he could just earn her pinch or even a glance he would rather be a book than what he is now. The tone is that sappy type that intimately make s one sick. His talent is consumed in a lying-in to win over someone that he is already married to. His language sound as if they sire a sick desperation in them because something is wrong within the relationship.On the other hand Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare has a point to it. It contains the message that one cannot j udge by looks alone but on what the person is like on the inside. Shakespeare does not praise the womans beauty or her fair joint or her soft touch but at the end he says that his love is rare and he would not get rid of it for whatever reason.Spensers sonnets have intertwined messages that follow his rhyme scheme (ababbcbccdcdee) while Shakespeare uses tercet quatrains and a straddle which is usually the zinger turning the whole sonnet more or less and changing the meaning. Spenser does not do this however, his thought patter seems to follow one and only one line of thought to praise the woman that he loves and naught else.Shakespeares tone seems to be rather sarcastic until the couplet at the end of his sonnet when he explains that he would rather have her than the most beautiful woman in the world. It is along the same lines as Dont judge a book by its colouration. On the other hand Spenser believes that his wife is the most beautiful existence in the universe and he relat es that he would do anything just to have her look at him or his book of sonnets which he wrote for her.Shakespeare breaks his own form while Spenser adheres to a strict form and rhyme scheme.