Natalie Meyers' Hidden Heart and Astophil's Astohpil and Stella

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Natalie Meyers'Hidden Heart and Astophil's Astohpil and Stella

Longing to bleed my love into words that stain his heart,
That in my wound he take, delight that has no wear:
Delight may light a fire, of burning thoughts to start,
To fan the flame of pity, would help to spark his care,
Desperate to show my sorrow with words equal to art.
Searching round the depths for lucid language, fair,
The force behind my mind locked round a solid part.
Some spry ideas seeped, through my reason with a tear,
But whisked into a wind, that twirled them in a haze,
And dizzy fog that blurs my head into a stare,
Becomes a source of strength to break my callous gaze.
Frustration takes a dive, and offers me a dare,
A new voice (not my own), calls
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This torment is best expressed by the "haze," "dizzy fog," and "callous gaze," that she describes when trying to choose her words

(9, 10, 11). Also, since she’s "Longing," "Desperate to show," and " Searching," her desire for the right words is very strong. These components provide a strong thematic thread that was imitated from Sydney’s poem. His desire for effective expression is shown when he "sought fit words," and tried to "see if thence would flow" (5, 7). Both poets are inhibited by their tendency to censor and over analyze their work, thus preventing themselves from free expression. Luckily, both poets come to a realization that the only way to truly express themselves is to write from their heart.

The diction in "Hidden Heart" helps create imagery and a tone that is characteristic of what the poet is feeling. The words "bleed," "stain," and "wound," all connect to paint a picture of pain. "Bleed" and "wound" are used to illustrate the temporary nature of Natalie’s anxiety during the writing process, while "stain" emphasizes the permanent quality of the letter and the importance of its effectiveness (1,2). In contrast, Sydney places contradictory words side by side to subtly create tension. Words like "pity/grace," "halting/forth," and "burned/ brain," add to the strain and pressure that Astrophil feels (4, 8, 9). Also, Natalie uses harsher words

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