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Edmund Spensers Amoretti sonnets tell a lot about love in the late 1500s They also tell about the role of women during that time and what men thought of them Todays love is much different women and men are different they way they think act and how women are seen by men Time changes and so does love and how it is viewed Edmund Spenser thinks very highly in his second wife Elizabeth Boyle all of his sonnets of Amoretti are about her and how he feels for her In Sonnet one Spenser puts her on a very high pedestal she has complete power over him Spenser basically puts his life in her hands Happy ye leaves when as those lily hands which hold my life in loves soft bands Lines 1-3 In the poem the leaves are his poem and it would crush him if she read his poem about her and didnt like it she could mentally kill him This contradicts the actual way women were treated in the 150s because he thinks so highly of her so much so that she could ruin him But then women werent treated well or praised at all In an article by Tim Lambert he states The traditional role of women simply included being an obedient daughter a loving and caring sister and a loyal wife Lambert Women couldnt do anything but be loyal and caring yet Spenser respects this women enough for her to have such a huge effect on his confidence Spenser gives power to Elizabeth the power over his life and the power over his mind Sonnet 34 uses similes to compare Spensers loss of Elizabeth to that of a ship without the guidance of a star Lyke as a ship that through the ocean wyde By conduct of some star doth make her way Whenas a storme hath dimed her trusty guyde Out of her course doth wonder far astray 1-4
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