Astrophel


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As´tro`phel


n.1.See Astrofel.
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It was now, too, that Spenser wrote Astrophel, a sadly beautiful dirge for the death of his friend and fellow-poet, Sir Philip Sidney.
First of the important English sequences is the 'Astrophel and Stella' of Sir Philip Sidney, written about 1580, published in 1591.
Jay had written his Master's thesis on Astrophel and Stella, Sir Phillip Sydney's fifteenth-century sonnet sequence.
He has been also portrayed as an advanced disciple of Gabriel Harvey (1552-1631) in the dissemination of a Ramist programme for the arts of logic and rhetoric at Cambridge, as a follower of Harvey's and Spenser's precepts and experiments with quantitative verse, as a protege of the Sidney family, and as a first-hand connoisseur of pre-publication manuscripts of key works such as Spenser's The Faerie Queene or Sidney's Arcadia and Astrophel and Stella.
In the first piece in his cycle "Astrophel and Stella" (1591) the poet was directed by Muse: "Look in thy heart and write,"--her response to his troubled doubt how to write.
In his 1591 introduction to Philip Sidney's Astrophel and Stella, he mentions a recent English translation of Sextus's Outlines.
The essay is difficult to summarize; for it is densely argued with essential illustrations, such as Descartes's famous compass (from Geometrie) which is used to demonstrate the process of Sidney's first sonnet in Astrophel and Stella.
(11) Mary Sidney's brother Sir Philip participated in domestic theatrical activities, confirmed by Edmund Spenser's elegy for him, 'Astrophel', which recalls that 'he himselfe seemd made for meriment, / Merily masking both in bowre and hall'.
Wealthy gentlemen writers like Thomas Wyatt and Philip Sidney circulated their works in manuscript form: The first print edition of Sidney's Astrophel and Stella was pirated and published after Sidney's death.
And I keep remembering that advice in "Astrophel and Stella," one of Philip Sydney's sonnets: 'Fool' said my Muse to me.
In fact, if we take Shakespeare's reference to signal Marlowe's authorship of the poem, then we would need to take Nashe's lines from Summer's last will: "Well sung a Shepherd, that now sleeps in skies, 'Dumb swans do love, and not vain chattering pies'" (48) to signal Sidney's authorship of the same, since Nashe is here attributing a line from Astrophel and Stella to a dead shepherd.
Sean McDowell, in "Stealing or Being Stolen: A Distinction between Sacred and Profane Modes of Transgressive Desire in Early Modern England," uses sonnets from Sidney's Astrophel and Stella and Barnabe Barnes's Parthenophile and Parthenophe to illustrate the profane mode and certain poems of Richard Crashaw's Carmen Deo Nostro to represent the sacred.