Thou Blind Man's Mark

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“Thou Blind Man’s Mark” Desire, a word normally meant for passion or aspiration, and never known for negative intention nor its excessive use. The word itself is suggested contrary to its familiar notability of eagerness towards a goal in this Shakespearean Sonnet. The speakers perspective of desire is for the termination of the word. In ,”Thou Blind Man’s Mark”, Sir Phillip Sidney conveys a bitter tone towards “Desire” through the speaker by using a series of repeating structure, pessimistic diction, and poetic sound devices. Sidney epitomizes desire, and perhaps provides a rage of desires outlook instead of its content. Through evaluation, the speakers repetition elaborates on Sidney’s idea of hatred such as, “In vain thou madest; In vain thou kindlest”. The echoing of “In vain” reestablishes the speakers thought that the word is self-admiring, none the less accommodating towards ones ambition. In more re-occurring phrases for example, “Too long, too long” to indicate the unsettledness of the speaker. Sir Phillip Sidney exaggerates this expression to construct a drag of hate over time. Desire is depreciated by the speaker throughout the poem, yet not upon its enlightenment but for its golden coating. Sidney provoked pessimistic diction when calling desire just as bad as, “scums and dregs”. By this implication of downgrading “desire” to the lowest of the low, the reader feels the negativity received by the writer though the speaker. Sidney continues the cynical thought by quoting, “band of all evils”. This continues to establish his despise towards desire itself by calling it the devils trail. The speaker wanted people to recognize that its not the fulfilling feeling someone retracts from desire but more of the glimmering repeal. It is conveyed through poetic devices that indicate a sour approach regarding “desire” by Sidney. Therefore, when alliteration
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