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Proportional Form in the Sonnets of the Sidney Circle: Loving in Truth

Tom W. N. Parker


The structure of Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella is governed by a distinctive and complex set of proportions, found also in the sonnet sequences of Fulke Greville and Robert Sidney written under its influence. For all these works to be ordered around the same set of proportions indicates a remarkable degree of careful planning and precise execution, and in turn affects their meaning. The tremendous effort of constructing the sequences according to intricate mathematical patterns suggests that the patterns themselves held a particular significance, one that requires investigation for the l ... More

Keywords: Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella, sonnet sequences, Fulke Greville, mathematical patterns, cosmological ideas, 1590s

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom W. N. Parker, author