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natalie asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 3 months ago

I am having trouble figuring out symbols for this sonnet : 292?

The eyes I spoke of once in words that burn

The arms and hands and feet ad lovely face

That took me from myself for such a space

Of time and marked me out from other men

The waving hair of unmixed gold that shone,

The smile that flashed with the angelic rays

That used to make this earth a paradise,

And now a little dust, all feeling gone;

And yet I live, grief and disdain to me,

Left where the light I cherished never shows,

In fragile bark on the tempestuous sea

Here let my loving song come to a close;

The vein of my accustomed art is dry

And this. my lyre, tuned at last to tears

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  • Tina
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    3 months ago

    Very little of this sonnet is symbolic - Petrarch is talking about the physical presence of his lost love - eyes, hands, feet, face , hair - and her absence - death has literally left her nothing but 'a little dust'.

    But there are some symbols which you will find if you look carefully at the rest of the sonnet.

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  • 3 months ago

    The symbols like arms, hands feet and lovely face are a woman. Then the other symbols like dust are for death and symbols of love in descriptions of the woman as having angelic rays and waving gold hair.

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