What is the speaker's tone in "Sonnet 75" by Edmund Spenser?


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The tone of the speaker in Edmund Spenser���s ���Sonnet 75��� is optimistic and romantic. The speaker writes the name of his ladylove twice in the sand, only to see the waves wash it away. Instead of admitting his love will ���decay," though, the speaker promises his verse will eternalize her.

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Spenser���s sonnet cycle, the ���Amoretti,��� largely concerns itself with the love of a lady. In ���Sonnet 75,��� the voice of this lady questions the speaker���s attempt to immortalize such "a mortal thing" as her name. In an almost practical voice, the speaker dismisses her concerns. He concludes that through his verse, she ���shall live by fame" and their ���love shall live, and later life renew.���

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