Come, darkest night, becoming sorrow best;
Light, leave thy light, fit for a lightsome soul;
Darkness doth truly suit with me oppressed,
Whom absence’ power doth from mirth control:
The very trees with hanging heads condole
Sweet summer’s parting, and of leaves distressed
In dying colours make a grief-ful roll,
So much, alas, to sorrow are they pressed.
Thus of dead leaves her farewell carpet’s made:
Their fall, their branches, all their mournings prove,
With leafless, naked bodies, whose hues fade
From hopeful green, to wither in their love:
If trees and leaves for absence mourners be,
No marvel that I grieve, who like want see.
1. How does Wroth’s sonnet imagine the concept of love? Is it like any other writers we’ve seen so far?
2. What is the tone? what is the theme?
3. Sonnets often work with the speaker’s emotions of frustration, sadness, anger, or melancholy. Do you think the speaker is depressed or sad? Angry? Who or what makes the speaker feel this way?
4. Notice the images in the sonnet. Did any surprise you or seem to jar with the tone? What do they convey?
5. What figures of speech are predominant in the sonnet? Which words or phrases do you find particularly striking?
6. Summarize the poem in your own words.
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