Digital Kit Week 9

This week I have decided to compile a digital kit on Sir Phillip Sydney in order to further understand his position and contribution to the English Renaissance period.



General facts about Sydney

Here is a link to a spoken form of his famous sonnet,  Astrophil and Stella. It is crucial to remember that these were written for oral presentation and so deliver a stronger impact to the listeners. This was his first sonnet and it is said that it was this that made sonnets a popular medium of the time.

The following is one of Sydney’s poems which expresses one of the big questions of this time, LOVE! This is something that was also expressed by Shakespeare;s plays.
Astrophil and Stella 1: Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show
Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,
That she, dear she, might take some pleasure of my pain,—
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know,
Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain,—
I sought fit words to paint the blackest face of woe;
Studying inventions fine her wits to entertain,
Oft turning others’ leaves, to see if thence would flow
Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sunburn’d brain.
But words came halting forth, wanting invention’s stay;
Invention, Nature’s child, fled step-dame Study’s blows;
And others’ feet still seem’d but strangers in my way.
Thus great with child to speak and helpless in my throes,
Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite,
“Fool,” said my Muse to me, “look in thy heart, and write.”


I hope this blog filled with links to useful resources helps to assist others in understanding Sydney as a significant influence of this period. This blog can give you a taste of his wonderful work and point you in the right direction for future research that is communicated by videos, images, written work and audio. I hope this is as helpful to others as it was to me!

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