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Astrophil and Stella

The first four lines establish the poet's belief that when we are in love, we act in ways that cause us harm: . . . and those who deviate from its rules Are rebels against Nature, and their...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 8:55 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Since Astrophil and Stella is a sonnet cycle, understanding some sonnets depends upon first understanding certain others. In this instance, understanding Sonnet 20 depends upon first...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2011 6:53 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Among the literary devices used most prominently by Sidney in Sonnet 1 is personification. He mentions his attempt to find inspiration for his own poetry in the work of others: Oft turning others'...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018 4:18 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Who will in fairest book of nature knowHow virtue may best lodg'd in beauty be,Let him but learn of love to read in thee,Stella, those fair lines which true goodness show.There shall he find all...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2008 5:31 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Sonnet 6 of Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella displays some interesting poetic features in the realms of meter, rhyme, diction, imagery, and mythology. The sonnet is composed of fourteen lines...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2020 5:52 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

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...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 1:13 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The quoted clause, "where new doubts honour brings," is difficult to understand because it is a hyperbaton, which is a figure of speech that relies upon word order rather than word meaning to...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 2:07 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Sir Philip Sidney was one of the earliest sonneteers, posthumous publication of his sonnets in 1591 predating Spenser's (1595), Daniel's (1592), and Shakespeare's (1609) sonnets). He used a...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 2:02 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

First and foremost, sonnet 1 of Astrophil and Stella is a poem about poetry, a manifesto for the style of writing we are to find in the sonnet sequence to come. The poet begins with the right...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019 8:17 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

In this sonnet, Sidney's poetic devices include anaphora, antithesis, alliteration, and allusion, along with metaphor. Anaphora occurs when repeated lines of poetry begin with the same word or...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2020 2:19 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

By what outward signs do we truly know that somebody is in love? This is the question that this sonnet by Sir Philip Sidney seeks to address. The sonnet opens by listing the number of things that...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2011 12:18 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

In the first four lines, Sidney admonishes the affected intellectuals who call on "the Sisters nine" (the nine muses) in order to mask their works with "flourishes" the poets themselves cannot...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 9:29 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

In sonnet 28 of Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella sonnet sequence, Astrophil rejects allegorical or symbolic interpretations of his poetry. In lines 1-3 he addresses those who make a habit...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011 9:07 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

This sonnet is part of the Astrophel and Stella sequence of sonnets by Sir Philip Sidney, which chart the struggle of the speaker to embrace his emotions for his lover. This sonnet focuses on the...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2011 10:03 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Sonnet 18 from Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella sonnet sequence is typical of the sequence as a whole in many ways, including the following: The sonnet begins with an emphasis on...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 4:54 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

This sonnet is similar to many other sonnets in the Astrophil and Stella sequence of sonnets, as it talks about and discusses the impact of love on the speaker and the way in which his Muse,...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2011 12:11 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

In sonnet 31 of Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella sonnet sequence, Astrophil extensively compares his own feelings about Stella with the feelings of the moon. Such an extended comparison was...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 5:16 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Lines 9-14 of the first poem of Sir Philip Sidney’s sonnet sequence titled Astrophil and Stella might be explained as follows: But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's stay, In spite of...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2012 2:31 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

If one were asked to state in one sentence the theme of Sir Philip Sidney’s sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella, one might offer a sentence such as this: “The theme of Astrophil and Stella is the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 10:54 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Sonnet 19 of Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella sonnet sequence might be analyzed in various ways, including the following: The poem opens with a line emphasizing a major theme of this sonnet...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2011 1:06 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella sonnet sequence describes the infatuation of Astrophil (“star-lover”) with Stella (“star”). Because of this infatuation, everything that Astrophil sees...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011 9:46 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Understanding Sidney's sonnets requires more than a simple reading. In some, the syntactical alterations need to be mastered; in some the structure needs to be understood; in some their place in...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2011 11:18 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

In the opening poem of his sonnet sequence titled Astrophil and Stella, Sir Philip Sidney is already beginning his depiction of Astrophil as a foolish young man who has trouble controlling his...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2012 1:51 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Astrophil and Stella is a sonnet sequence by Sir Philip Sidney that contains over one hundred sonnets. It is thought that the figure of Astrophil, the speaker, represents Sidney himself and that...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2017 6:50 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The central conceit of this poem is based around the personification of the moon as a love-struck individual, much as the speaker of the sonnet is frustrated in love. The speaker, in this sonnet,...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013 7:55 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Astrophel and Stella is a series of sonnets by Sir Philip Sidney, each of which expounds upon a different element or emotion of Astrophel’s unrequited love for Stella. In Sonnet 31, Astrophel is...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016 7:13 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

In the first stanza, the intellectuals that surround our speaker see a kind of quiet thoughtfulness in the speaker's eyes, so they begin to guess what might be the cause—though the speaker tells us...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2017 12:23 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Astrophil and Stella is a sonnet sequence and "songs" that relate the love and obsession of Astrophil, whose name means "star-lover" in Greek, for Stella, whose name means "star" in Latin. Thus,...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2014 3:57 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella is a sonnet sequence that was inspired by Sidney's relationship with Penelope Devereux. Sidney was in love with Penelope, but she married another man. This...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019 7:30 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

[INTERPRETATION CONTINUED FROM ABOVE] In the next stanza (25-29), Astrophil assures Stella that the noise she has just heard was made by a mouse; everyone else in the house except the two of them...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2011 11:33 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The beginning of understanding Sidney's Sonnet 27 (sonnet cycle c. 1575-1585) lies in grasping the structure, as there may be several structures to sonnets. The structure of this sonnet opposes...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2011 3:05 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

A conceit is an unconventional metaphor that compares two things in illogical or surprising ways as opposed to more conventional metaphors comparing things that are more apparently similar, like...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2013 2:49 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

This sonnet contains two speakers. The first seems to be a friend of Astrophil who notes that Astrophil's love is causing his behavior to shift. Astrophil has been losing his sense of reason, his...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2011 6:48 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The term in rhetoric for intentionally altering standard English word order of Subject Verb Object (SVO) to another order, for example OVS or VSO or OSV, is hyperbaton. Hyperbaton in its various...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 12:48 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

I have only a few brief points to add to the excellent answer already posted. One involves the title names of Sidney's poetic cycle. The names for himself and his beloved are symbolic (although of...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2018 3:17 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

In sonnet 30 of Sir Philip Sidney’s sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella, Astrophil once more stresses his obsession with Stella. He claims that when others ask him questions about international...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011 9:50 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The names Astrophil and Stella mean, respectively, "star-lover" and "star." The title, therefore, can be justified as accurately depicting the main subject of the sonnets, which is Astrophil's love...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019 3:13 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

In sonnet 18, Philip Sidney employs a conceit, or extended metaphor, throughout the poem. Metaphor is direct comparison of unlike things for effect. The speaker, Astrophil, uses numerous financial...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 4:02 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The tone of Sonnet 1 in "Astrophel and Stella" by Sir Philip Sidney varies over the course of the poem, following the convention of the Shakespearian, or English sonnet, in having a minor turn...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 5:42 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

An oxymoron is a literary device in which two opposites are put together. This can create a jarring effect that causes a reader to stop and think. Line four of Sidney's poem follows, and it...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018 11:25 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Sonnet 55 of Sidney's Astrophil and Stella cycle has two tones. The first is a matter-of-fact tone while Astrophil speaks of his partnership with the Muses. The second is a love-struck tone as...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 6:03 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

It is possible to argue that in Astrophil and Stella, Sidney presents a highly ironic view of secular, earthly love. Astrophil seems mainly interested in Stella's physical beauty and in her...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 4:39 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The narrator, Astrophil, is suffering from unrequited love and notes how "wan [pale] a face" the moon has as it rises. Astrophil projects his own experience onto the moon, imagining that it must be...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2017 11:00 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

This sonnet, as with all of the Astrophil and Stella sequence by Sir Philip Sidney, deals with the impact of love on the speaker as he seeks to articulate the change that has come upon him now that...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2011 12:25 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

[INTERPRETATION CONTINUED FROM ABOVE] Still, Astrophil cannot quite resist this opportunity to have some physical contact with Stella. He persuades himself that her “swelling” lips “Do invite a...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2011 12:35 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The adjective “Petrarchan” alludes to the writings of the 14th-century Italian poet Francesco Petrarca (known in English as “Petrarch”). Petrarch’s most influential compositions consisted of a...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011 10:39 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Astrophil laments how he has lost and wasted the gifts that Nature provided him with at birth. Heaven has "lent" him such qualities as his "youth," "knowledge," and "wit." He describes how Reason...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2018 5:58 pm UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

The first, and most well-known, sonnet of Philip Sydney's sonnet sequence, Astrophil and Stella, uses many different literary devices. The most obvious is meter. The poem is written in iambic...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2012 2:20 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

Perhaps because Sidney himself was a warrior knight, who died as a result of wounds in Holland, he was drawn to the history of Edward IV, who usurped the English throne in 1461 and, in the process,...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2011 6:10 am UTC

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Astrophil and Stella

This is a very broad question considering that Astrophil and Stella is a sonnet cycle comprised of 108 sonnets and songs of other lyric types, while "Whoso List" and "Love that Lost" are both...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2013 3:43 pm UTC

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