Astrophil and Stella

Sir Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586)

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. (Summary written by Elizabeth Klett)

Genre(s): Poetry, Sonnets

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Sonnets 01-30 Elizabeth Klett
Play 02 Sonnets 31-60 Elizabeth Klett
Play 03 Sonnets 61-84 Elizabeth Klett
Play 04 Sonnets 85-90 Elizabeth Klett
Play 05 Sonnets 91-108 Elizabeth Klett