Analysis: Sidney presents himself as a passive participant in the progression of love. Since he did not feel the flames of love, he believed that the other men were simply cowards or weak. But words came halting forth, wanting invention's stay; Invention, nature's child, fled step-dame study's blows; And others' feet still seemed but strangers in my way. Astrophel fears that perhaps Stella is immune to love. Stella is incredibly angry at Astrophel's betrayal of her trust, but Astrophel is still unable to appease his desire. Sidney held many positions in the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
Strangely enough, the last line of the sonnet ends with a word that is the very essence of betrayal. Yet, this ambush is still playful; Astrophel welcomes the betrayal at the hands of Cupid. Astrophel is concerned with his difficulty in maintaining reason in his life. In the last section of the poem, Astrophel becomes gentler as he begins to describe Stella. GradeSaver, 3 August 2007 Web.
When she won't, he calls her ingrateful. This sonnet is simultaneously tongue-in-cheek because, although he may not plagiarize, Sidney does utilize classical mythology and florid language in other sonnets in this sequence. Stella's image is enough convince Virtue to fall in love, but Astrophel emphasizes that this is a result of her inherent virtue rather than her power. 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. O make in me those ciuil wars to cease; I will good tribute pay, if thou do so. This achievement recalls the deaths in the Iliad, countless warriors fall, but none do so in the same way.
It is at this point in the plot that their love affair finally begins to move forward. As the opening line says, this is about a betrayal. With this in mind, he warns the reader that the emotions expressed in the entire sonnet sequence stem directly from the heart-thus, he cannot be held rationally responsible. If you are a true and faithful lover up there, are you considered foolish? This exalted position is one that Stella may not be ready or able to live up to. Are beauties there as proud as here they be? But, he asks, what was the price of that knowledge? Ironically, Cupid is trapped in Astrophel's heart because of his own actions: it was he who first stoked the flames for Stella that eventually burned Cupid's wings.
Virtue let me have some rest. All of the ladies became sunburned except for Stella. Phillip Sidney's narrator is a lustful, musing about his chosen woman, her body and a sexual intercourse. On no, her heart is such a fortress Defended by wit, filled with disdain, That all the true skill and trouble is in winning her heart itself. He offers his pillows, his bed, his chamber to sleep.
He was the lord deputy governor of Ireland on three separate occasions. Humorous, symbolic, enigmatic and beautiful, these poems will delight all who love the drama of a true life love story. He believes that the text of a poem should always refer to the author's intention; the words should not signify any another meaning. Analysis: The moon and horns of the first two lines refer to the Islamic crescent. Unfortunately this never happens, and their love is doomed to remain unfulfilled.
He has no control over his emotions. At the end of the poem, Astrophel gives his reply. In addition, the objectification of Stella is interesting from a feminist standpoint. He dramatizes love as a sort of ambush; he is no longer the hunter, having become the hunted. Of course, this is deeply ironic if we interpret the whole sequence as an allegory in which Astrophel represents Sidney and Stella is Penelope. This places blame for the love on Stella, who at this point is still oblivious to his attentions. Astrophel acknowledges the truth of this declaration.
Astrophel begins by citing Plato, the wisest scholar. He blames Cupid for this failure, presenting Love as a sort of asexual figure who, literally, does not know what he is supposed to do with a beautiful woman. Yep, as in, the girl is real -- but somehow he just didn't like to mention the real name. However, when you take into consideration that Sidney wrote them all as part of a massive 108-sonnet sequence, some light is shed in his poetic achievement. You can vary your presentation style as you like, but it would be helpful for you to have your comments entered as a brief text file, from which you could cut and paste pieces for each section.