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Here the image of the ship lost at sea is coupled with the sense of the lover who will never win his lady. But beyond that, Petrarch’s choice of reason and ‘arte’, with their overtones of literary creativity, suggest that the poetic voice also fears that the text itself will not be completed. Yet, in the final moment of the sonnet, closure is achieved and the poet/ lover/traveller does reach the ‘fin’, while claiming that he despairs of exactly that which he has achieved. Personal and cosmic are thus brought together in an irreconcilable combination through a conceit that links the individual with nature, exploration, love, and art itself.
It is important to remember 32 Sidney to Milton, 1580–1660 that the Early Modern understanding of translation was very different from our own. While we use the term to mean a transposition into another language that remains as true as possible to its original, for Wyatt the word would have inferred the text as a mere base for his own literary imagination. Moreover, Wyatt’s versions of the sonnet form seek to work out an English equivalent in terms of line, stress, metre and rhyme scheme. Thus, Wyatt retains the 8/6 split into octave and sestet, but transforms the Italian metre into English iambic pentameter.
He certainly does this. (Sidney 1973, xiv) But the relevance of such close identifications has increasingly been questioned. For example, Sidney clearly mocks Astrophil and the ideal courtly love conventions he aspires to, even as the character is cast as a poetic second self. In sonnet 30 the ‘busie wits’, whom Astrophil wishes to propitiate because he is encumbered with the good manners of a gentleman, suggest a court culture not too far from the verbose world of Euphues. And Sidney’s compression of political allusions self-consciously engages with the superfluity of reference in Lyly’s prose work.