English Renaissance Writers Sir Philip Sidney 1554-1586
Philip Sidney You will now read from the green lit book Read page 257 and then delve into “SONNET 31” on page 259. On the next slide, **on your own sheet of paper** IDENTIFY: Rhyme Scheme (notice how he has varied the scheme!!) Content Iambic Pentameter **Share your work and mark the next slide as a class.
“Sonnet 31” MARK RHYME SCHEME, CONTENT, and IAMBIC PENTAMETER (4 lines) • With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies ! How silently, and with how wan a face ! What, may it be that even in heavenly place That busy archer his sharp arrows tries? Sure, if that long with love-acquainted eyes Can judge of love, thou feel'st a lover's case;I read it in thy looks; thy languisht grace To me that feel the like, thy state descries. Then, even of fellowship, O Moon, tell me, Is constant love deemed there but want of wit? Are beauties there as proud as here they be? Do they above love to be loved, and yet Those lovers scorn whom that love doth possess? Do they call virtue there, ungratefulness?
“Sonnet 31” Questions • Answer each in complete sentences and turn in . • 1. In your opinion, because Sidney has chosen a different rhyme scheme than USUAL, does this mean he has violated the rules or rewritten them? • 2. How does the moon appear to the speaker? • 3. How does the speaker reveal his own situation by addressing the moon?
“Sonnet 39” MARK RHYME SCHEME, CONTENT, and IAMBIC PENTAMETER (4 lines) • Come Sleep; O Sleep! the certain knot of peace,The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe,The poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release,Th' indifferent judge between the high and low;With shield of proof shield me from out the preaseOf those fierce darts Despair at me doth throw:O make in me those civil wars to cease;I will good tribute pay, if thou do so.Take thou of me smooth pillows, sweetest bed,A chamber deaf to noise and blind of light,A rosy garland and a weary head;And if these things, as being thine by right, Move not thy heavy grace, thou shalt in me, Livelier than elsewhere, Stella's image see.
“Sonnet 39” Questions • Answer each in complete sentences and turn in . • 1. What benefits does the speaker attribute to sleep in lines 1-4 of this sonnet? • 2. What reward does he promise sleep in lines 13-14? • 3. Judging from his “reward,” why does he crave sleep?