Petrarch Laura Poem Analysis Essays

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The Italian title of a book of Petrarch’s sonnets is "Canzoniere" (literally "Songbook."). The poet worked on it for many years starting in 1336. Its final edition (1373) was entitled in Latin "Rerum vulgarium fragmenta" ("Excerpts in the vernacular"), containing 366 works (317 sonnets, 29 canzone, 9 Sestina, 7 Ballata, Madrigals 4).

The main theme of "Canzoniere" Petrarch set out in the first, introductory sonnet. It is a story of a mature man about confused feelings, that he had undergone a long time ago, in his youth time. The theme of the entire book is love for Laura, high, clean, impetuous, but timid and unrequited. Petrarch hopes his sonnets would meet sympathy and compassion. He hopes to awaken in readers the very same feelings, which he is himself ashamed of now.

Petrarch in his Sonnets is looking at his feelings of love analyzing it from the side, for now, years later, he "is not the same kind of who he used to be." The book tells of the pain of rejected love, unfulfilled hopes, but the passion never spills on the surface. Petrarch is not poured into the overflowing feelings, he reminisces about past love.

Referring to the theme of love, Petrarch followed the traditions of poetry in the vernacular, which, according to Dante, "originally was created for love songs." In "Sonnets" nature is lyrically contrasted to the city, bounding the inner freedom of the poet. The beauty of the woman he loved - that's the beauty of the Renaissance natural world.

Petrarch has created in the "Sonnets" special, Renaissance artistic style, which half a century later, had an impact on the entire European Renaissance poetry.

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It was the day the sun’s ray had

Turned pale

With pity for the suffering of his Maker

When I was caught, and I put up no


My lady, for your lovely eyes had

Bound me.

It seemed no time to be on guard


Love’s blows; therefore, I went my way

Secure and fearless - so, all my


Began in midst of universal woe.

Love found me all disarmed and found

The way

Was clear to reach my heart down

Through the eyes

Which have become the halls and

Doors of tears

It seems to me it did him little honour

To wound me with his arrow in my state

and to you, armed, not show his bow

At all.

Petrarch wrote books on infatuation- a brief passion for someone or something.Petrarch had a short-lived love for Laura, some young woman he saw first in church.This poem talks about how love attacked him and he was defenseless to it, probably didn’t want to ignore that love.In the last stanza it says how love attacked him or shot him, meaning he fell in love, but how to the woman did not bring love to her.So he loved her nut she did not. That is why the line 18 and 19 talk how he cried, maybe for that reason.He fell in love with someone that could not love him back.

Francis Petrarch to be able to express grief over the death of "Laura," an unidentified woman who became his ideal of love. There is still an echo of the shift in tone in lines 8-9.Usually about love, sonnets often are written about beauty but also about the effects of time and mortality.The sonnet form (from the Italian sonneto , "little song") was set well enough to be defined as Italian poets were writing them: 14 lines are divided into an 8-line problem statement that is resolved in the last 6 lines.The Petrarchan Sonnet . The Petrarchan Sonnet or Italian Sonnet has a characteristic split into two parts, the first eight lines form the octave and the last six lines for the sestet. The rhyme pattern of the octave is usually abbaabba, while that of the sestet varies from the following three: cdcdcd or cdedce or cddcdd. Petrarch developed this sonnet type in order to have a problem or question in the octave and a solution in the sestet. The octave and sestet may be used for a number of other ways too, to display a point and then a counterpoint or to display two sides to the same story.

The three poems are about the same, they all talk about love to Laura. They all have the same style and same way he describes her as beautiful.The way he was attracted by her and yet she could not love him.Head-over-heels in love with Laura, Petrarca wrote 365 sonnets, one passionate poem a day dedicated to his true love. Considered the first modern poet because of his interest in individuality, the Italian poet perfected the sonnet during the 14th century. The sonnet, a lyric poem of 14 lines with a formal rhyme scheme, expresses different aspects of a thought, mood, or feeling.

Tone is the writer's attitude toward the subject he or she is writing about. On the other hand, mood is the feeling the reader gets when reading.My tone was sadness and love that could not come true.The way he grieved for laura and the way he described her was touching.Although it seems he did nothing to be noticed and never fought to win her love.Mostly it was oh look at her eyes and she is so perfect and then but I am not and then but I live when she is gone, how?There was nothing that showed me he wanted her except for words but the poems where beautiful.The mood was grievance, to mourn the death of laura and of course sad and a love story.

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