Sonnet 30 Analysis

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Misleading Love Although love can be kind and beautiful, it can cause some people to become blind and follow their hearts rather than think with their mind. “Sonnet 30” by Edmund Spenser dramatizes the conflict of a man’s burning desire to be with a woman who has no interest in him. Edmund Spenser uses the metaphorical comparisons of dramatically opposites, fire and ice. The man is fire, who is obsessed for this ice cold hearted woman, which returns nothing. The poem explains why this man can’t get this woman to love him back. The author uses stylistic devices, theme, and tone to emphasize how he cannot get the woman he deeply loves. The conflict is best represented by the lines, “How comes it then that this her cold so great is not…show more content…
His desire to capture her love is huge. Spenser uses figurative language and his metaphors to illustrate this man’s desire. He also uses similes to compare his love to ice as it is to fire. Only the fire, something strong and illusive, is what was used to illustrate the point of desire. The man in “Sonnet 30” by Edward Spenser was persistent and though failure does not know persistent, this man was denied the love of a woman, as his persistence continued and desires grew, the love of the woman was hidden away behind a cold, artic wall that grew colder along with the desires of the man. The man explains in depth using analogies and metaphors that his affection in life is often mistaken and misleading. Love, although sweet, can burn a hole through ones heart. That is one of the characteristics of love, it cannot be forced nor can I always go as your heart desires. The nature of love causes us to be misled and has the power to change natural occurrences, such as fire melting frozen ice. Although this man’s love burns with a passion, it is not enough to melt this woman’s ice cold heart. In other words, his desire is not nearly enough to capture the heart of this woman, nor change her affection toward him. Through this poem, we must learn to accept this misfortunate reality of love and simply, move

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