Comparing Two Love Sonnets by Sir Thomas Wyatt and Sir Philip Sidney

1797 Words Nov 29th, 2001 8 Pages
Love is a difficult thing to express in words in any given language. It is near impossible to convey the paradoxical pain and pleasure of love that sounds dreadfully horrid but simultaneously magical. Most people are often confused and have a hard time figuring and sorting out exactly how they feel and felt about their love and relationship. However, to love someone or be loved by someone is a special gift, and to be able to convey your gratitude for whatever you received out of the relationship is an extremely intense and concentrated task.
Poetry is one of the best ways to express oneself sincerely. With the time and convections that go into writing poetry, it allows the reader to think of exactly what he or she desires to say, and
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The last quatrain is the ending to the narrator's thought, which is then summarized in the ending couplet. The ending couplet reads:

Then farewell world, thy uttermost I see; 13 Eternal Love, maintain thy life in me. 14

The ending couplet acts as a sort of last word for the sonnet. It is usually not specific, but generalized to convey the basic idea of the sonnet and what the author was essentially trying to say and what he has come to after his experiences. This gives the poem a very solid feel to the ending; it feels like a catharsis for the narrator. Although similar in form and topic, the theme and tone of the two sonnets are not entirely similar. Both of the sonnets are based on love and the complex emotions that come from it, but they both do not share the same end feeling toward the general concept of love. In Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder's "Farewell, Love," the narrator seems to be accepting of the failures that sometimes occur with love, and seems a little saddened and used by love and relationships. The tone that the narrator gives is that he has lived and experienced and doesn't care or feel the desire to experience anymore. This is emphasized with the last two lines of the poem that read:

For hitherto though I have lost all my time 13 Me lusteth no longer rotten boughs to climb. 14 He generally sounds like he is too old to deal with the fickle and uncertain ways of love anymore. In Sir Philip Sidney's