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Symbolism In The Poetry Of Renaissance Authors Sir Phillip Sidney And Edmund Spenser

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Renaissance poets Sidney and Spenser convey their messages with the help of the literary element symbolism. In “Sonnet 75” and “Astrophel and Stella” there is the presence of symbolism. This element is a cornerstone to these poems and helps the reader think deeper beyond the literal meanings of words, and how they represent something greater. The use of symbolism also makes the readers mind think about how the sentences state something literally, but also have a deeper meaning. If this element were not to be used, then the poems would lose some of their charisma because most sonnets have a deeper meaning to be conveyed with the use help of symbolism.
In “Sonnet 75,” written by Edmund Spenser, symbolism is found in the beginning couplet. “One day I wrote her name upon the strand, / But came the waves and washed it away” (Lines 1-2). The literal meaning of these lines can be read as; one day Edmund Spencer went to the beach and wrote someone’s name in the sand. When the water came into the shore, the name was simply washed away and erased. As previously mentioned, this couplet can be seen to have a deeper meaning, and that is where symbolism is evident. The deeper meaning of this couplet is similar to the literal significance, but requires more open interpretation. The first line is where Spenser writes a woman’s name in the sand, and can be replaced by anything significant to a person. When the water washes away the words, it can be understood as something being erased forever. So the deeper meaning is that time washes away everything in its path and leaves nothing to remember. In line six, there is also another example of symbolism. “A mortal thing so to immortalize” (L. 6). ...

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