Sonnet 30 Diction

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Sonnet 30 portrays a dialogue between an enamored man and an uninterested ice cold hearted woman who shows no intention of ever reciprocating the feelings. The stubborn woman continues to discount his love even with the diligent efforts of affection and attention the man uses to entice her. Throughout the development of the sonnet Spenser not only utilizes diction and syntax to facilitate the comprehension of the poem, but also uses tone to reflect the narrators passionate love. The heightened and grandiose poetic vocabulary combined with the rich verse style reflects the formal diction that Spenser uses throughout his sonnet. Even though the poem is written in a way that could be translated easily, the eloquence of the diction is noted…show more content…
Throughout the poem Spenser utilizes these complex sentences to address the narrators requests of love towards the woman with formality. In addition Spenser also sprinkles rhetorical questions, parallel structure, and repetitions to his piece. The rhetorical question is stated when the narrator describes how his “so hot desire”(3) -which is not transpiring through her cold heart – is increasing every time she rejects him. Moreover the quatrains of the sonnet slightly seem to mimic each other therefore conveying partial parallelism. Lastly there is unquestionably repetition along the sonnet since the narrator keeps looping around the same topic of his abundant love and her constant dismissal. To create the rhythm of the language Spenser uses a variety of alliteration to keep the poem straightforward and facile to comprehend while capturing the fortitude of his love and her disdain; such as , “But…burn…boiling” (7) and “her heart”(6) . The poem is organized into quatrains within a single stanza and as a whole the syntax of the poem provokes the questions: can love really conquer even the coldest of hearts? Or what does love really require of a…show more content…
The narrator remains hopeful throughout the poem even though he constantly faces obstacles due to the woman disregarding his affection. Moreover the tone seems reflective because while the narrator is having these feelings for the woman, he also pauses and ponders his emotions of whether or not his efforts for pursuing the woman are worthwhile. Finally the narrator remains persistent throughout his journey and believes that the powers of love will “ alter the course of kind”(14). All in all the tone conveys how the narrator has faith that his love will transpire through the woman’s icy heart and his persistence will have been for a

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