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Spenser and SidneyEdmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney both wrote sonnet sequences. Sonnets are almost always fourteen lines long; it usually has an octave followed by a sestet. Octave’s set up an idea, or ideas, and the sestet continues it. The rhyme and rhythm make telling a memorable argument in a short space. Of the sonnets that both writers wrote, they wrote their sonnet sequences about love. The name of the sonnet sequence Spenser wrote was called “Amoretti.” The speaker wrote these for her to read, to look at, and to admire, so she can realize how uniquely he views her. He just wants her to acknowledge the sonnets and even him. The sonnets are about her, all the little things about her that he notices, that may not catch the normal eye. “Amoretti” means little loves. The speaker is captive of whom he speaks of, her love, and her love for him. Throughout this poem, Spenser is setting up for the small things, small goals like her finally acknowledging him. The speaker in the sonnet is very

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