For this class we’ll be focusing on sonnets and the sonnet sequence and will look particularly at the sonnet sequences by Edmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney.

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Here are the assignments for class:

  • Read the chapter from The Cambridge Companion to The Sonnet that you received in class on Tuesday, and come ready to give a summary of the information and arguments to the rest of the class.
  • Review the reading on Spenser and the sonnets from Spenser’s Amoretti that were assigned for last time. You can find them here.
  • Look over the introduction to Sidney and to Astrophil and Stella, paying attention to Sidney’s background and the conditions under which the sonnet sequence would have first been circulated. The file for reading is here: Sidney, Astrophil and Stella. **Please be sure to print these out to bring to class.**
  • Read the following from Sidney’s sequence, Astrophil and Stella. (Like Petrarch, Sidney interspersed songs into his sonnet sequence. I scanned the songs from a different source than the sonnets, and so they are located at the end, although below I have listed them in the order in which they occur in the sequence.):

If you are struggling to get to all of these, you can save the Eighth Song and Sonnet 91 for class on Feb. 24. That is when we will more likely get to those.