In Sir Philip Sidney’s Poem, “Thou Blind Man’s Mark,” Sidney presents a male speaker who struggles with a inner conflict of the human trait, desire. This desire is what the poem centralizes on and he wrestles with the human trait desire which causes conflict in his life and his mind. He knows he must deal with it and tries to figure out how to subdue or erase it completely. The motivation driving him to write the poem, is his burning ambitions and his want to always rise through problems. But the desire to rise above every ambition of his is dragging him down in his personal life. The opening paragraph needs textual evidence. Use embedded quotes.
In the beginning of the poem, he describes how much he hates a certain trait and how it is a burden to him. For example, he calls it by foul names which seem to show the extent on how much it affects him: “Thou blind man’s mark, thou fool’s self chosen snare. Fond fancy’s scum, and dregs of scattered thought”(1-2). It is his own central soul of evil and causeless care, whose will prevents it from ending: “Band of all evils, cradle of causeless care; Thou web of will, whose end is never wrought” (2-4). In the next line, the speaker reveals that this trait he conflicts with so extravagantly is desire. He paid for desire with a too high price of a mangled mind, but the desire ends up a waste and worthless to him: “Desire, desire! I have too dearly bought, With price of a mangled mind, thy worthless ware”(4-6). In the midst of the