Sir Philip Sidney and an Analysis of Six of his Poems

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Everyone in this world starts somewhere, thousands of new beginnings each day, a new story drafted every moment. A story can be written, told by mouth, or acted out, but it is the original telling, the occurrence of such a story, which remains the most engaging and interesting, leading to the stories that will be told long after the characters are gone. With each birth a new story begins, with each achievement the plot of a story is established, and with each death a story is passed on. Some people create more stories than their own, weaving their words into a tale of their choosing. All of these stories are equally significant, some more popular than others are told often, some are shared only amongst few, and yet these stories all maintain a uniform weight of importance. Each story has a meaning. Sir Philip Sidney not only had a story of his own, but told many other stories, passing them on through his sonnets, songs, psalms, and other works. Sir Philip Sidney may not be one of the most renowned poets in history, however the stories that he told have impacted not only himself, but everyone around him, and people for generations to come. Sir Philip Sidney was born in 1554, and yet we continue to enjoy his work today, in 2010, the stories surrounding his life have been passed on for almost five hundred years, no small feat to be sure. His story was short, but his memory lives on, the tales being passed on for years yet to come.

Sir Philip Sidney was born on November 30, 1554 to Sir Henry Sidney and Lady Mary Dudley Sidney in Penshurst Place, Kent. Sidney first began school at the age of ten in Shrewsbury School, meeting many lifelong friends. He then attended Christ Church, Oxford for three years, subsequently leaving to study ...

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...that kiss. This emotion that lies deeper than the lips, mouth, and tongue, but it lies in the heart, beating steadily, it is called love.

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