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Sydney’s audience knew their Roman mythology. Cupid is the son of Venus and Mars. The conceit is that Stella is cupid’s bow, and she has an infinite amount of ammunition. I am, as usual, not altering the text: this is Elizabethan English Stella and Astrophel XVII His mother deere, Cupid offended late, Because that Mars, […]

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You do not need to have an Elizabethan vocabulary or know that carret is a double pun on the royal hair colour and jewels. You only need to know that Spenser comes from an more ancient, stoic tradtion. He is to be pitied, for love is not a God. It is poison. Stella and AstrophilXVI […]

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I don’t transliterate Stella. It is elizabethan english, the difficulty is the variance in spelling: I am taking the text from Luminarium (as I do for Sunday) and that does not adjust the spelling for modern readers. This is a Petrachian Sonnet: two quatrains and two repeated triplets. However, Stella, is the muse, though she […]

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The trouble with losing your blog data is that you have to consider if you start poetry cycles again. In this case, I have not. I am continuing with the cycle, and in this Sydney makes a fundamental error. He lets his desire cloud his judgment. His friends counseled him: Stella was outside of his […]

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