The one person given both the monikers, "father of Humanism" and "father of the Renaissance," by historians is none other than Franceso Petrarca (or Petrarch in English) Petrarch was an Italian writer who gave us the lyrical poem, the sonnet, as we...
In sonnet 39, the speaker dramatizes a division between himself and his poem, in order to think lovingly about the value of the poem without slipping into solipsism.
An introduction to the Sonnet as a poetic genre, focusing on the contribution of Wyatt, Sidney and Spenser as Elizabethan Sonneteers
The speaker is admonishing his future readers and listeners to keep their period of mourning short in case of his death. He feels that causing his beloved fans sadness is not up to his standards.
In Shakespeare Sonnet 53, the speaker explores the nature of the Divine, as he has examined the nature of his own soul and its relationship to his poetic ability.
In Edward de Vere's sonnet, the speaker compares falling in love to a game of tennis.
The speaker in sonnet 58 addresses his muse as he often does; this time he is examining the process of waiting on the pleasure of the muse to inform his creativity.
Christina Rossetti's "The Thread of Life" features three Petrarchan sonnets, each contributing to the finely constructed dramatization of the theme of soul realization.
The speaker of sonnet 63 broaches one of his obsessions, aging. Though all things physical will age, grow frail, and vanish, his love will remain in his lines of poetry.
Shakespeare sonnet #2 continues the "Marriage Sonnets" with the speaker imploring the young man to marry and produce offspring before it is too late!