The individual's perception and feelings are explored to such an extent as to make the complexity of self the true subject of the Sonnet.
As the Humanist spirit of individuality developed in transitional England, the Sonnet was adopted as the perfect poetic expression of the individual consciusness, either for that which regards love, with Spencer and Shsakespeare, or, later, for that which regards faith and religion, with the Metaphysical poets.
The celebration of humasn love in the secular Sonnet became a subject of public debate and censure in the later years of the 17th century.
Eroticism and, at timnes, bawdy language, puns and double entendres, made the morev libertine poems disasteful to Puritan readers.
The celebration of chastity and sexual purity, on the other hand, of Platonic love or monogomous love, remained popular themes.
The poetic voice in the Sonnet appears as as realistic presence in the text, and while the senses and emotions are described throughly, reason and logic, in the form of carefully constructed argumentation, comparison and opposition , dominate the tone of the poem, giving the poetic utterance the status of asn argument or debate.
Poetic convention and self revelation are interdepedent in the Sonnet form which is developed as a rl structure for the expression of emotion.