Amoretti LXXV: One Day I Wrote her Name

By Edmund Spenser 1552–1599 Edmund Spenser
One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed it away:
Again I wrote it with a second hand,
But came the tide, and made my pains his prey.
"Vain man," said she, "that dost in vain assay,
A mortal thing so to immortalize;
For I myself shall like to this decay,
And eke my name be wiped out likewise."
"Not so," (quod I) "let baser things devise
To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:
My verse your vertues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens write your glorious name:
Where whenas death shall all the world subdue,
Our love shall live, and later life renew."

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Poet Edmund Spenser 1552–1599

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Love, Poetry & Poets, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Realistic & Complicated

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 Edmund  Spenser

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To understand Edmund Spenser's place in the extraordinary literary renaissance that took place in England during the last two decades of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, it is helpful to begin with the remarks of the foremost literary critic of the age, Sir Philip Sidney. In The Defence of Poetry, (1595), written in the early 1580s, Sidney looked back on the history of English literature and sees little to admire. He mentions the . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Love, Poetry & Poets, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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