ENG 2205 Auburn University Montgomery The Petrarchs Sonnets Discussion Choose one prompt to answer in complete sentences. Cite from a poem or poems directly. Cite the poet’s last name and lines, as follows: (Petrarch, lines). Are Shakespeare’s Sonnets 130 and 116 utilizing more Humanist concepts, such as Platonism and Neo-Platonism through the semblance of courtly love, or do they mostly promote Individualism through his lyrics as he declares that “If this be error and upon me prov’d, I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d”? Do you think Shakespeare is writing to a lover, or to only a friend? Justify your answer. How do these different philosophies impact the notion of the Renaissance’s establishment of a “rebirth” of the culture based on your interpretation? Define the notion of the Neo-Platonic notion of the immutable nature of love and time in Petrarch’s sonnets. Also, define the notion of Petrarchan idealism through…    read more