When nature made her chief work analysis
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The author opens this first sonnet by explaining his motivation for composing the sonnet sequence. He believes that if his love were to read the sonnets, she would eventually return his affection. He argues that her pleasure in his pain would cause her to read his sonnets, and her reading of the sonnets would allow her to know the extent of his affection, which might make her pity the author's situation-and this pity may transform into grace and love. The author also describes his difficulties in composing the sonnet sequence. He has struggled to express the pain and misery of his emotions and has tried to look at other poets' works in order to gain inspiration. Still, he has been unsuccessful.
Each of these responses that Sidney gives is offered with hesitation in the form of questions. These continuous questions, all of which seem like they could possibly make sense, do not truly define what her black eyes embody. It seems as though the sonnet is a clash of life and death. Death or blackness is conflicting to life and beauty, but without life there can be no death. The brightness of her eyes is a call to hope and fulfillment of life despite knowing that death is all but imminent. The question to me seems to be, is Stella actually mourning?
Astrophil and Stella 7: When Nature made her chief work, Stella's eyes. By Sir Philip Sidney. When Nature made her chief work, Stella's eyes,. In colour black.
a man falls to his death reflection
Critical and Creative Readings
Would she in beamy black, like painter wise, Frame daintiest luster mixed of shades and light? Or did she else that sober hue devise In object best to knit and strength our sight, Lest, if no veil these brave gleams did disguise, They, sun-like, should more dazzle than delight? Both so, and thus: she, minding Love should be Placed ever there, gave him this mourning weed To honor all their deaths, who for her bleed. I suggest you click here to open the sonnet in a separate window, so that you can refer directly to it as you read on through the analysis. The Real Question lines This is all the more paradoxical because darkness is stereotypically disfavored in female features at this time a stereotype oft honored in the breach, of course , and generally symbolizes evil. So why did Nature do this very strange thing?