Sorry there's no witty title to accompany this post. I know you all look forward to reading them on cold mornings with your half-caf and buttered toast. Anyway, here's the essay.
In Thou Blind Man's Mark by Sir Philip Sidney, the poem's theme, desire, is ensconced by various poetic devices and techniques that allow the speaker's attitude to be made more complex. Where at the commencement of the poem, desire is characterized as a maleficent force, the speaker eventually describes it a s a weakness of character rather than an external antagonist.
At the outset, Sidney's heavy use of metaphors allows constant direct characterization in which desire is painted as a Pandora's Box. The fact that they all share similar structure emphasizes the author's motion to accumulate many negative qualities in desire.
In addition, the poem's simple rhyme scheme allows for facilitated diffusion from one attitude to the next, each line being connected to another line by rhyme. This, in turn, conveys to the reader the idea that they are evolution of opinion. While the poem moves along with rhyme, the change in opinion of desire follows.
That which creates the most complexity in the speaker's attitude of desire is the shift. While the flow of rhyme goes uninterrupted, the meaning of the lines changes at line five with the introduction of first-person pronouns. This emphasis on the effects of desire which emanate from private decision illustrate the contrasting perspective of the poem's second half. This generates a new portion of the speaker's attitude in regards to desire, improving complexity of the opinion toward desire.
By utilizing such poetic devices as rhyme scheme and shift, Sir Philip Sidney is able to illustrate a multi-tiered opinion of desire. His speaker's change to personal analysis accounts for the largest portion of the complexity, also supported by use of consistent metaphor, structure, and rhyming scheme.
Wow. What a baby essay. Would somebody mind sharing their conclusion paragraph technique because mostly I just summarized :/