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Perspectives Of Love In Thomas Wyatt's They Flee From Me, And Edmund Spencer's Amoretti

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In past poetry, love and romance has been interpreted in many ways but mainly in a form known as sad and heartbreaking experiences. During the sixteenth century and times before that, many authors expressed love as gloomy and also wrote in the favor of men. Two interesting portrayals of love are in the sonnet “They Flee From Me” by Thomas Wyatt and collection of sonnets “Amoretti” by Edmund Spencer. In these poems, love is described mostly in two opposite ways. While “They Flee From Me” portrays men as the victim to women and their deviousness, “Amoretti” takes an opposing turn from how most poetry of that time wrote about love by celebrating it in a positive and joyful way.
“Amoretti” was a change and very different from most writings about love which expressed either death or dismay and Spencer talks about it as the most joyful experience . Because of this it’s safe to say no one dies, is severely depressed, overcome with jealousy, or vengeance. The inspiration for “Amoretti” is Spenser’s experiences obtaining his wife and the love tale between the two before their marriage. These poems provide thoughts and visions of love as exciting, joy-filled, and most importantly a pleasure to be in. For example, “And in the heavens wryte your glorious name. Where whenas death shall subdew, Our love shall live, and later life renew”, in this quote they say how there love will last forever (477). However, there is slight little conflict between the two lovers but all is solved just to make their bond stronger. This shows in this quote, ” Yet hope I well, that when this storme is past My Helice the lodestar of my lyfe Will shine again, and look on me at last,”(476). In those lines, the narrator hopes the storm between him and his lover will pass. Once it passes he hopes the light of his mood, which is her, will shine on him and so he will eventually feel better.
After this, the story line of this truly romantic tale can be broken down as a male lover being persistent in his pursuit of his love interest’s attention. Obtaining her attention is not easy but he continues until she is able to trust him, and after he gets her attention they love blissfully. As stated earlier, he didn’t get his lovers attention and trust easily and compares this pursuit to a hunter and the hunted in this line, “Lyke as a huntsman after a weary chace, Seeing the game from him escape away” (476). It is here his hard work for her seems to pay off as he steadily pursues her with love being his influence. In the line, “ Thinking to quench her thirst at the next brooke, There she beholding me with mylder looke, sought not to fly” she finally gives up herself and her trust to him after he has hunted and urged for her attention (477). Through this it can be seen that good things really does come to those who work hard and wait for it. Throughout these sonnets Spencer’s love, undeniable infatuation with everything she is, and admiration for his lover is shown. Like all lovers, they...

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