To analyze the first sonnet in Sidney's sequence Astrophil and Stella, I will break it down into sections and then discuss how the writer uses poetic techniques to create effect or meaning.
The first quatrain of the poem reads as follows:
Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,
That she, dear she, might take some pleasure of my pain,—
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know,
Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain,— (1-4)
Sidney's main idea in this opening quatrain is that Astrophil will write poetry to his love in the hopes that it will win her over; however, he is not overly idealistic about how that will happen. He says that he loves "in truth" and that he does "fain in," or takes pleasure in, showing his love through poetry. He will transmit his true feelings for her and hopes that his beloved "might takes some pleasure of [his] pain." This is an example of paradox
: the poet feels both pain and pleasure as a result of his love for...
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