Sonnet 30 Figurative Language

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Edmund Spenser’s Sonnet 30 demonstrates a recurring theme between a man’s wholehearted obsession and an icy souled woman who illustrates complete disregard to his passion. From the commencement to the closing stages of the sonnet the narrator depicts his willful persistence, in regards to his trust that “the pow’r of love...can alter the course of kind” (2-3). Throughout the progression of the poem Spenser utilizes an assortment figurative language and symbolism to contrast emotions and show the conflicting relationship between the narrator and woman, along with utilizing imagery to appeal to the readers senses. Throughout the text it is apparent that the narrator is merely a persistent man who has become infatuated with a woman and will surpass any obstacle that may be presented along his path: as seen when the narrator declares,” How comes it then that this her cold so great/ Is not dissolved through my so hot desire”(2-3). However, the narrator does not plainly convey his passion in simple language, rather he uses defined figurative language to denote his ever-burning passion. The variation in his word choice can be seen beginning with the simile “ My love is like to ice, and I to…show more content…
For example when the narrator proclaims, “My love is like to ice, and I to fire”(1) there is no double meaning for “fire”; rather it is a representation of his infatuation towards the woman. Moreover, throughout the poem it can be noted that the symbols utilized in this poem are mainly components of images therefore decreasing their significance and making it apparent that without complex meanings the image becomes a symbol. The use of symbolism in the sonnet serves, as the portrayal of different emotions occurring throughout the dialect along with providing an idea of the sensations that the narrator is

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