Philip Sidney Astrophel And Stella

ISBN 13: 9781162653815

Astrophel And Stella

 
9781162653815: Astrophel And Stella

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An Elizabethan sonnet sequence of 108 sonnets, interspersed with 11 songs, by Sir Philip Sidney, written in 1582 and published posthumously in 1591. The work is often considered the finest Elizabethan sonnet cycle after William Shakespeare's sonnets. The cycle tells the story of Stella ("star"), beloved by Astrophel ("star lover" or "beloved of a star," a play on Sidney's name), who loves poetry almost as much as he loves her. He details his passionate feelings for Stella, his struggles with conflicting emotions, and his final decision to abandon his pursuit of her in favor of a life of public service. In observance of contemporary poetic conventions, Sidney discourses in the sonnets on reason and passion, wit and will. The publication of Astrophel and Stella generated a vogue for the sonnet sequence, and among the English poets who responded was Edmund Spenser, who also wrote the elegy "Astrophel" after his friend Sidney's death in 1586. -- The Merriam-Webster Encylopedia of Literature

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