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Amoretti: A sonnet sequence

Edmund Spenser

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The Amoretti (meaning little love poems) is a sequence of 89 sonnets written in the tradition of the Petrarchan sonnets, a popular form for poets of the Renaissance period. Spenser’s sequence has been largely neglected in modern times, while those of his contemporaries William Shakespeare and Sir Philip Sidney have been acclaimed. However, because of the artistic skill, along with the emotion and the humor exhibited, these poems deserve a broader hearing, even though they may be somewhat difficult for the present-day reader, partly through Spenser’s love for words and expressions that were already archaic in his time. Amoretti, written throughout the year 1594 and published the following year, violates at least one of the conventional elements of the Renaissance sonnet sequences. Other poets, including Petrarch and Sidney, chose as the inspiration for their sonnets a woman who was inaccessible to the poet, sometimes even married to someone else. They idealized this woman, seeming to be extravagantly suffering because of their passionate admiration, while in real life they might hardly know the lady and had no real interest in an actual love affair. Spenser, however, dedicated his verses to a woman that he actually loved and sought, Elizabeth Boyle, whom he then married. Also the sonnet series by other poets were usually despairing of any fruition in regard to the lady, and Spenser certainly does show much frustration himself in his efforts to achieve a closer relationship with his love; but as the series progresses, he gradually sees improvement in the success of his wooing, as his actual wedding nears. The poems feature elaborate imagery, loaded with metaphorical situations, saying much the same thing repeatedly in a wide variety of ways, with much clever creativity, sometimes impressive and sometimes a bit awkward. There is a rich vein of humor running through the whole sequence, often through mock passion, and there is even a bit of sensuality in some of the later sonnets. The better poems are often sharp an

Language:

English

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Length:

1h 52m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:49