Poetry Series V: Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 1

So this is week five of my poetry series, and I’ve decided to give you all a break from the incessant Shakespeare by talking about the start of a different sonnet series, namely, Astrophil and Stella. This sonnet series was written by Sir Philip Sydney, and takes on a distinctly different tone than the Shakespearean Sonnets do. This first one is particularly interesting because it serves as an introduction to the entire series and what Sydney was attempting to do with his writing.

This analysis is much briefer than normal, because I focused more on its translation to prose than the deeper meaning of the sonnet.

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