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Astrophil and Stella

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

1. 01 – Sonnets 01-30
2. 02 – Sonnets 31-60
3. 03 – Sonnets 61-84
4. 04 – Sonnets 85-90
5. 05 – Sonnets 91-108

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Astrophil and Stella is a sonnet sequence written by Philip Sidney, an Elizabethan poet and courtier. It details the frustrated love of Astrophil (whose name means “star-lover”) for his beloved Stella (whose name means “star”). It is likely that Sidney based his poems on his own unrequited passion for a married woman. The sequence inspired other sonnet writers of the period, such as Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Lady Mary Wroth.