ENG 210-08 Paper 1 - Whiting 1 Tori Whiting Geoffrey A....

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Whiting 1 Tori Whiting Geoffrey A. Johns ENG 210-08 18 October 2011 Commonalities and Differences: Do Both Ideas Matter? Jonathan Culler, author of Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, discusses in his text Ferdinand de Saussure’s idea that “language is a system of differences” (57). He states that language is given its identity based on contrast to other elements or ideas in language. Although this is valid, is it still possible to understand and effectively interpret an idea in language in accordance to what it has in common with another idea, along with how it differs? Petrarchan and Anti-Petrarchan poetry is a prime example. In both “Rima 190,” by Francesco Petrarch, and “To His Coy Mistress,” by Andrew Marvell, the idea of desire is explored. These two poems are very different, but each author uses a common idea, desire, in their own way to reach different conclusions. The theme of “Rima 190” is that of the effects of desire on one’s purity, whereas the theme of “To His Coy Mistress” is that of carpe diem, seize the day, in desire. These differing themes are reached through the application of intensely developed poetic devices in relationship to the idea of desire. As polar opposite as the two ideas are, it is useful to understand the construction of each to further understand the statements of the other. Petrarchanism was modeled after Francesco Petrarch’s consistent use of an extended metaphor, petrarchan conceit. These conceits often include two characters, the “beloved” and the “lover.” The beloved is impossibly beautiful and perfect, alluring and unattainable. Therefore the lover is forever dedicated to the beloved, but rejected by her. He is often driven to despair by the love he cannot have. In “Rima 190” the extended metaphor is visible within the first couple of lines; “a doe of purest white upon green grass/ wearing two horns of gold, appeared to me” (Petrarch, “Rima 190” 1.1-2). Petrarch’s use of a doe as his metaphor is intriguing because he specifically chose a doe, not just a simple deer or some other animal. In this poem the doe symbolizes a graceful and
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