Astrophil and Stella: Pure and Impure Persuasion

  title={Astrophil and Stella: Pure and Impure Persuasion},
  author={R. Lanham},
  journal={English Literary Renaissance},
  pages={100 - 115}
  • R. Lanham
  • Published 1972
  • Art
  • English Literary Renaissance
HE first Sonnet in Sir Philip Sidney’s sequence cor&onts the difficulty of writing poetry with a stale and borrowed rhetoric, the need to seck a fiesh source of inspiration in real feling and, p r e s w b l y , in an undaed praise and relationship to his mistress. Style becoma not only means but theme, and t h i s at the earliest possible moment. Sidney betrays, too, that acute self-consciousness wherever we touch him, in life or art. Both poet and poetry assert themselves as of thematic… Expand
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