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In Astrophil and Stella 1, 10, and 21, contrasts reason withlove is being made. Why...

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emont23 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM via web

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In Astrophil and Stella 1, 10, and 21, contrasts reason with
love is being made. Why does Sidney do that?

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wshoe | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted October 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM (Answer #1)

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This is the internal conflict the speaker is experiencing.  He believes he can connect with Stella if he can get her to read his writing, even if it means she does so out of pity for him.  As the sonnet sequence progresses the speaker cannot control his emotions with reason.  His understanding of the situation does not make his love for Stella lessen.

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