Astrophil Essays

  • Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella

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    Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella The literary fortunes of Sir Philip Sidney illustrate nicely the contrast between the Elizabethan and twentieth century views on imitation and originality in literature. Sidney's sequence of 108 sonnets entitled Astrophil and Stella which appeared at the end of the sixteenth century drew immediate praise from English readers who appreciated his "blend of wit and sensibility, of intellectual brilliance and temperamental ardour" (Lever 53); they liked especially

  • Black is Beautiful in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Astrophil and Stella

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    Black is Beautiful in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Sidney's Astrophil and Stella Germinating in anonymous Middle English lyrics, the subversion of the classical poetic representation of feminine beauty as fair-haired and blue-eyed took on new meaning in the age of exploration under sonneteers Sidney and Shakespeare. No longer did the brown hair of "Alison" only serve to distinguish her from the pack; the features of the new "Dark Lady" became more pronounced and sullied, and her eroticized associations

  • Reader Response to Sydney's Sonnets, Astrophil and Stella

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    Reader Response to Sydney's Sonnets, Astrophil and Stella As we discussed Astrophil and Stella in class, I felt a familiar knot in my stomach. At first I could not pin-point the reasons for my aversion to these sonnets. However, as we discussed it in class, it became clear to me. I could identify with Penelope Devereux Rich. Although Astrophil and Stella could be interpreted as an innocent set of love sonnets to an ideal woman and not a particular woman, they reminded me of the letters I received

  • Natalie Meyers' Hidden Heart and Astophil's Astohpil and Stella

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    Meyers, a young woman expresses the frustration she experiences when trying to write her loved one. Likewise, the first sequence of Sir Philip Sydney’s sonnet, "Astrophil and Stella," explores one man’s struggle to write from his heart and eliminate the yearning to select the perfect words for a letter written to his love, Stella. Both Astrophil and Meyers are distraught over what to say and how to say it. Since "Hidden Heart" is an imitation of Sydney’s sonnet, several parallels can be drawn between

  • Love, Sonnets and Songs

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    Wroth was undoubtedly following her uncle's lead by trying to emulate Astrophil and Stella.  Astrophil and Stella and Pamphilia to Amphilantus are both about being in love and they both have over one hundred sonnets and songs. After rereading both pieces, I was struck not by their similarities but by their differences.  For example, Stella is assertive and Pamphilia is passive.  Stella is truly bound by her love for Astrophil while Pamphilia cannot break herself free from the love she feels forAmphilantus

  • Letter from Sidney to Shakespeare: A Comparison of Two Sonnets

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    my own sonnets: Sonnet #81 of Astrophil and Stella. Your views on the subject of kissing are very interesting, and in many ways parallel my own. For instance, you compare kissing to a holy and prayer-like act, where as I compare it to a union of souls. There was one aspect of your sonnet that reminded me very much of my own. Your Juliet is very clever and quick-witted in speaking to the lovesick Romeo in the same way that my Stella is in her response to Astrophil. In your poem, Romeo believes

  • Analysis Of Astrophil And Stella

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    The Cure to Writer’s Block: A Reader-Response Analysis of Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella On the surface Philip Sidney’s “Astrophil and Stella” is a poem about courting a young woman. It is a common assumption and an easily justified one. The title presumes as much as the “star lover” clings to hopes of attaining the “star”. Astrophil attempts to win the heart of Stella through his poetry. Although he is not short of emotion he is in search of adequate words. The true purpose of the poem reveals

  • Astrophil And Stella Analysis

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    Versions and Variants of Sidney’s “Astrophil and Stella” In comparing the 1591 and 1598 versions of Sir Phillip Sidney’s “Astrophil and Stella”, it is said that the 1598 publication proves to be the most authoritative version. The 1598 edition, published along with other works in Sidney’s Arcadia, contains many spelling, grammar, and punctuation corrections; a complete restructuring and organization of the sonnet sequence; as well as the replacement of lines that had been missing or miscopied in

  • Desire: The Power Of Desire In Astrophil Lament

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    A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen is defined as desire. Desire is an emotion and it is the focus of the poem “Astrophil Laments” which convinces the reader of the power of this emotion. “Astrophil Laments” is a lyrical allegory sonnet consisting of one stanza without a known author or published date. It is written in third person omniscient point of view and focuses on the power of emotions, desire in particular. Through the authors use of sound and

  • Analysis of Astrophil and Stella by Sir Phillip Sidney

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    Analysis of Astrophil and Stella by Sir Phillip Sidney In Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella "Sonnet 1," there is an observable poetic structure that can be analyzed on a literal as well as a figurative level in an attempt to gain a logical understanding of the poem. Sidney's style of writing appears to be easily interpreted on a literal level, yet there is a deeper and more complex dimension of figurative elements, such as metaphors, that require further exploration and examination to

  • William Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella

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    artistic fashion, poets such as Phillip Sidney and William Shakespeare negotiate poetic boundaries, while implementing Italian conventions. They manipulate the sonnet form and climb Castiglione’s “ladder of love” throughout their poems. Sidney’s Astrophil (Astrophil and Stella) behaves wildly, as Castiglione’s Bembo (The Courtier) expects from a young courtier; he is incapable of being able to see beyond physical form. Shakespeare’s speaker in “Sonnet 130” sees beyond form, almost to a fault. He berates

  • Themes Of Love In Sir Philip Herbert's 'Astrophil And Stella'

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    In “Astrophil and Stella” sonnet one by Sir Philip Sydney is about the speaker’s love towards Stella. While “Jordan (1)” by George Herbert is about the speaker’s love towards the divine (God). Both of these sonnets are similar as both poems are wanting to convey their love through formal features. However, I will be arguing in this essay that the formal features are not expressing the speaker 's love but is questioning their love. Furthermore, love is challenged through the formal features of imagery

  • Sir Phillip Sidney's Sonnet #47 from Astrophil and Stella

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    Sir Phillip Sidney's Sonnet #47 from Astrophil and Stella Sir Phillip Sidney's Sonnet # 47 from Astrophil and Stella The sonnet is a short concise form of writing and it takes a great mind to master it. By mastering it, I mean to be able to say so much in what seems like so little space. Sir Phillip Sidney comes as close to mastering it as anyone else in his time or any other does. As the opening line says, this is about a betrayal. Strangely enough, the last line of the sonnet ends with a word

  • Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 20 versus Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

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    In Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 20 and William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130, both are talking about love. Love in a romantic relationship, yet they seem very different from each other. Sir Philip Sidney’s is the traditional Petrarchan sonnet and Shakespeare’s have his own style of sonnet. Take a side on the type of sonnets, the two sonnets shares some more differences. The love object in Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 20 and Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare are very unlike, the former one fits

  • Virtuous Love In Sidney's Sonnet 12 From Astrophil And Stella

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    Poets have long ostensibly described virtuous love while shielding their more base desires with idyllic lyrics through blazon poetry. Sonnet 12 from Astrophil and Stella is one such poem by Sidney, as it seemingly depicts a pure admiration from afar, when in reality it reflects a more base conquest. This turns the poem into a dissection of physical attraction, making the subject not Stella, but the narrators own lust. The poem begins as though praising Cupid, when, in reality, Cupid stands

  • Compare and Contrast the Ways Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella and Milton's Comus explore Gender and Sexuality.

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    periods, attempting to see gender and sexuality in a new light. Sexuality and desire Philip Sidney: Astrophil and Stella (c. 1591) Sidney's Astrophil and Stella, a compilation of 108 sonnets and 11 songs, describes a desire of a poet for his muse, inspired by Petrarch. It is a variation of his rhyme, and a motive Petrarch exploited: the poet's love and want for a woman. In these sonnets, Astrophil, the star lover, presents new attitudes on an idea of a sexual desire, and its ambiguity. His relationship

  • The Sidney's and Their Love Stories

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    connection between the sonnet sequence of Lady Mary Worth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus and Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella. Not only are these sonnets sequence are similar because they are about two lovers, but there are also many sonnets from both sequences that can be related in context, rhyme and emotions. In particular sonnet seven in Pamphilia to Amphilanthus and sonnet fifty-three in Astrophil and Stella are relatable in several aspects. First of all, both of these sonnets share that they are

  • Structure, Theme and Convention in Sir Philip Sidney's Sonnet Sequence

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    by the Elizabethans was Sidney's sonnet sequence called Astrophil and Stella, a variation on Petrarch's Canzoniere. Sidney who was indeed acclaimed the 'English Petrarch', nevertheless wrote with his Elizabethan readers in mind as his characters spoke in English accents, voiced English concerns and evoked the spirit of the time. The sequence, which like all Renaissance sequences is not a realistic autobiography, is about a man, Astrophil who is attracted to and in pursuit of a married woman, called

  • How Does The Sonnet Form To A Stage Appreciation

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    Expressionism, Imitative and Performance all interweave among each other in terms of literature. To play is to perform, to bring in our own evaluations are to enrich the developing recreational piece in progress. Key sections of Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella and Edmund Spenser's Amoretti will be assessed in terms of their dramatic qualities in forwarding the sonnet form to a stage appreciation. This essay will be situated around these poets of the sixteenth century, a period in which the

  • Chivalry in Elizabethan Poetry

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    Introduction The reign of Elizabeth I is considered to be the “Golden Age” of English history. During her reign, arts and literature flourished and became more diverse, which can clearly be seen in some of the greatest poets’ works, such as Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Philip Sydney, Edmund Spenser and William Shakespeare. Poetry in the Elizabethan age went through many changes and developments, in terms of form, imagery, subjects and themes. Most poets of this age tried to explore new genres and themes