Sonnet 1 by Edmund Spencer compared to Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare
Sonnet 1 by Edmund Spenser and Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare differ greatly in form, tone, content, meaning, and persona. Shakespeare begins with a rather unflattering attribute; "My mistress' are nothing like the sun" while Spenser, praises his love by wishing he were a book she was reading.
<Tab/>Sonnet 1 by Spenser follows a rhyme scheme of his own devising (ababbcbccdcdee) that combines interwoven thoughts. In this sonnet he praises his wife's beauty and attempts to flatter her through conveying the thought that if he could just have her touch or even a glance he wo…
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