Arlene N. Okerlund's research while affiliated with San Jose State University and other places

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The rhetorics of Elizabethan sonnets and metaphysical lyrics reflect differing perceptions of the phenomenon of love. The sonneteer's voice separates lover from loved one with formal syntax, bifurcated pronouns, and images of pursuit and entrapment. The metaphysical voice unites the lovers with direct address, shared dialectics, and images of physi...

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... The light she shines on him will increase because of its reflection in his adoration of her: "Yet since your light hath once enlumind me, / with my reflex yours shall increase" (13-14). As Okerlund (1982) pointed out, the poet's admiration of the lady "elevates their love into a spiritual phenomenon that transcends mere earthly matters" (39). In sonnet XVII he once again contrasts her "Angels face" (1) with "the world's worthlesse glory" (3). ...