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Petrarch in BritainInterpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years$
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Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

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The Comedy of Astrophil: Petrarchan Motifs in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella

The Comedy of Astrophil: Petrarchan Motifs in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella

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(p.228) (p.229) 14 The Comedy of Astrophil: Petrarchan Motifs in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella
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Petrarch in Britain
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John Roe

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.003.0015

This chapter examines the presence of Petrarchan motifs in Sir Philip Sydney's English sonnet Astrophil and Stella. It argues that despite Sidney's reputation as an anti-Petrarchan, much of his Astrophil and Stella was positively influenced by Petrarch. It explains that Sidney expanded Petrarchan antitheses beyond anything that can be found in the Canzoniere and in some poems he offered a witty critique of the Platonic interpretations of Petrarch commentators such as Giovanni Andrea Gesualdo.

Keywords:   Sir Philip Sydney, English sonnet, Astrophil and Stella, Petrarch, Petrarchan antitheses, Canzoniere, Giovanni Andrea Gesualdo

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