Sonnet 75 Interpretation

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In Sonnet 75 of Edmund Spenser’s literary work, the statement love is everlasting and love is transitory both corresponds to the overall theme and context of the sonnet as supported by the verses found in text. There are three key points that are evident throughout the piece: 1. The speaker believes the his lover should be able to live forever although death occurs naturally; 2. His lover believes his attempts are all in vain and he cannot prevent life and time to metaphorically wipe her away; 3. The sonnet presents a theme that provides two paradoxical perspectives, one just as valid as the other. The setting of this sonnet is at a beach where the speaker is writing his lover’s name on the sand. His writing is washed away by the tide so he wrote it again yet his writings still suffered the same fate. In the sonnet, the tide/water is personified as a provider of pain to the speaker. The speaker’s wife steps in telling the speaker that all his actions are in vain since he cannot stop the tide from rushing in. Metaphorically speaking, the tide represents death that sweeps in continuously upon life and the act of the speaker’s lover stepping in simply shows that she believes that all the speaker’s actions are in vain for he cannot stop death from taking her from him and from time fading out her name. The waves signify time, a constant reminder of the cruelty of love and a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life. The speaker’s lover believes that she will “wash away” like her name written on the sand however the speaker believes otherwise. The speaker provides a different point of view from his lover. The speaker believes that the love he has for his lover will be everlasting and she will forever be immortalized and famed. Though death may separate them, the speaker still strives to immortalize their love through his writings thus proving that their love is
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