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Essay on Reader Response to Sydney's Sonnets, Astrophil and Stella

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Reader Response into Sydney's Sonnets, Astrophil and Stella As we discussed Astrophil and Stella in course, I felt a familiar knot in my gut. At first I couldn't pin-point the reasons for my aversion to such sonnets. However, since we discussed it in class, it became apparent to me. I could identify with Penelope Devereux Rich. Although Astrophil and Stella could be interpreted as an innocent set of love sonnets into a perfect woman and not a specific woman, they advised me of the letters I received last year from a man, Lee Burt, I'd not seen in seven years. He stalked me by phone and mail. I felt small and vulnerable, and in certain ways, offended. I do not hold greater remarks of Sir Philip Sydney. I would argue that Sydney's sonnets were not innocent, but obsessions, and he also may be considered a stalker. In Sydney's first stanza, he attempts to rationalize and provide a reason for writing these sonnets. He expects that by writing what is in his heart, "may cause her read, reading might make her know, understanding might pity win, and pity grace obtain." Lee didn't write these sentiments out as obviously, but they were frequently implied. He did state, "I'll send you my thoughts in segments and let you piece them together." He then proceeded to send me a poem per day until I finally started simply stamping them return . These "pieces" reminded me of Sydney's stanzas. The obsession with idealized beauty is also consistent between Lee's letters and Sydney's poems. In 1 letter, Lee wrote, "You walked into that area like a angel in all its glory. Having a gorgeous smile upon your face you introduced yourself to me. My heart, from that instant on, gave itself voluntarily." This really is a striking parallel to Sydney's stan...

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