In “Sonnet 30” from Amoretti Edmund Spenser uses the poetic elements of metaphor, imagery, and sound. Spenser uses these techniques to reveal the emotion of sexual desire and show the idea that love defies logic. The way Spenser blends the elements to his poetry creates a magnificent combination of words and gives the reader the a sense of the mood he/ she is in.
Spenser uses metaphor to reveal the idea that love is not bound to laws of nature, the speaker states "Or how comes it that my exceeding heat is not delayed by her heart frozen cold," creates the feeling of intensit of this desire and the use of more metaphors of his heat exceeding in the midst of the cold. The phrase of "heart frozen cold" is a metaphor that illustrates the absence of desire or heat within. The line that states; "What more miraculous thing may be told; That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice," shows the Spensers amazement on how his great desire can make his love reject him even more. The description of this ice in line 11," And ice, which is congealed with senseless cold," confirms the negative thoughts of cold as being senseless. Line 12 is metaphor in that his great desire are kindled by the cold; "Should kindle fire by wonderful device?." The couplets at the end change the mood and tone; the statement "Such is the power of love in gentle mind", refreshes the readers thoughts.
Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,
That the dear She might take some pleasure of my pain:
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know,
Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain,
I sought fit words to paint the blackest face of woe,
Studying inventions fine, her wits to entertain:
Oft turning others' leaves to see if thence would flow
Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sun-burned brain.
But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's stay,
Invention, Nature's child, fled step-dame Study's blows,
And others' feet still seemed but...