Even though the reverberating theme of the poem is one of moral bleakness it was nevertheless greatly admired and appreciated by the righteous and virtuous Elizabethans because of the conventions it adhered to, such as the didactical element, and the complementing structural features. Analysis: Sidney uses a series of contractions to express Astrophel's lack of control over his love for Stella. The paraphrase develops during this process. The sonnet begins with a sense of regret for Astrophel's loss of reason and rationality. On Shakespeare there are six commentaries now in print and I have those, and can also occasionally borrow Ingram and Redpath from the Borough Library. I am glad it is helpful in some way.
Although line eight suggests a dramatic shift in tone from the first and second quatrain, it serves an other function to provide the poem's entire structure with equilibrium. He describes Cupid as a little boy who pretends to go about the action of love with seriousness but actually misses the crucial elements. Not at the first sight, nor with a dribbed shot, Love gave the wound which, while I breathe, will bleed; But known worth did in mine of time proceed, Till, by degrees, it had full conquest got. In addition, this sonnet encompasses complex speech that must be interpreted through its underlying meaning and not what it appears to be on the surface. Perhaps some find Stella's great powers, that so confuse my mind. The irony of line eleven now comes into focus since his relationship with Stella is paradoxical.
The feminine Nature has applied her cosmetics properly, so that Stella's beauty is enhanced, tying all the possibilities together: Painting and writing, like cosmetics, can create and preserve beauty, but can also change it. The Devereus coat of arms was argent, a fesse, gules in chief three torteaux, three red discs on a silver background. Astrophil and Stella 1: Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show by Sir Philip Sidney Poetry Foundation agenda angle-down angle-left angleRight arrow-down arrowRight bars calendar caret-down cart children highlight learningResources list mapMarker openBook p1 pin poetry-magazine print quoteLeft quoteRight slideshow tagAudio tagVideo teens trash-o. For me in sooth, no Muse but one I know: Phrases and problems from my reach do grow, And strange things cost too dear for my poor sprites. No plaques have been or will be dedicated to him or his poetry.
This must have been Philips father, later Sir Henry, Lord President of the Marches of Wales and three times Lord Deputy of Ireland. Stella's eyebrows become Cupid's new bows while her eyes become the arrows, a fact that elevates her beauty to a celestial level; her eyebrows and eyes are heavenly enough to constitute the primary weapon of Love. Sidney views love in terms of what it can accomplish: enlightenment and attainment of a higher plane of emotion. Astrophel responds to scholars who deride astrology and do not recognize the wonders of the stars in the sky. Newman may also have been responsible for the consistent practice in early printings of calling the lover persona 'Astrophel'. So great is the obedience of all men generally to their Prince.
The author opens this first sonnet by explaining his motivation for composing the sonnet sequence. I apologize to those who might find such details superfluous or boring but then again, isn't one of the points of this challenge to learn about literary movements? It was not love at first sight, nor on the other hand was it an ineffectual shot with which 2. Hell is the butt literally of the joke. He is not suffering from writer's block or else the poem would appear haphazard or unfinished. Analysis: This sonnet has an interesting interplay between Love and Reason, two forces that are frequently set in opposition in the sonnet sequence. They ask his opinion about the Turkish empire and whether the Polish king will invade Russia. In an ideal world people would be reading Keats, E.
Without Cupid, another traditional poetic fallback is unavailable for use. In medieval and Renaissance belief, sight was the initial step to love or lust —a penetrative look. This is also another typical quality of sonneteers, who aim to morally instruct through their art. He has no control over Cupid because Love is now literally trapped in his heart; Cupid cannot fly away without his wings. Love undermines the speaker's credibility in the Court and proves the idea that love and poetry makes a person unsuited for a political career.
Within what bounds can one his liking stay, Where nature doth with infinite agree? And use my sensitivity and expertise to describe the scene of my degradation and torment. O how he leaps for joy, how he crows, And straight away sets about cunning use of them, Like a mischievous scamp at play, and I was in his way. Then he comes to love her but is unwilling to admit it. This is not an infallible process: there is no such thing in nature. Venus fears that Mars's affection for her is waning, and she asks Cupid to shoot him with his darts.
He argues that Nature was not idle; there must have been an excellent reason for the formation of the stars. It has been suggested that the 108 sonnets represent the 108 suitors in Homer's Penelope, who played a game of trying to hit a stone called the Penelope stone as a way of deciding who would win and court her. Astrophil realizes that he loses his freedom when he is in love. If government wants to reduce unemployment rate… 591 Words 3 Pages 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. Even if his rational knowledge of astrology fails him, Stella's eyes are sufficient to convince him of the truth. Despite the preceding lines that attempt to defense his case, the tone evoked here as supported by the rhythm and colloquial language suggests both desperation and ambivalence. It is through Astrophil's mistakes and negative example that Sidney is able to inculcate morality.