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What is the explanation of Sonnet 31 & 39 by Sir Philip Sidney?

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sunny05 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 10, 2007 at 4:54 AM via web

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What is the explanation of Sonnet 31 & 39 by Sir Philip Sidney?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 11, 2007 at 12:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Sonnet 31 uses a poetic conceit to reflect on love. The narrator asks the moon if it is sad, and says that it must be. He then goes on to discuss love in both realms (heavenly and earthly), communicating bitterness and disappointment and suggesting a lack of recognition and appreciation on the part of the beloved.

Sonnet 39 addresses sleep directly, asking it to come and give the speaker peace. It goes on for some time about the pains he's suffering, and how sleep would be a relief, and closes by giving the reason: he (one assumes) is longing for Stella, so much so that he's sure he'll be dreaming of her.

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