Astrophel and Stella - Sonnets 76 - 86, Songs 3 - 9 Summary & Analysis

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Sonnet 76 begins with the phrase, "She comes" (1), the first direct assertion the speaker makes to alert the reader to how close he is to Stella. The sonnet describes the speaker's excitement and growing desire as Stella walks toward him, an experience he describes as "her flamy glistering lights increase with time and place; / My heart cries, 'Ah, it burns;' mine eyes now dazzled be" (10-11). Sonnet 77 continues this scene of the exciting approach of the Beloved by describing Stella in even more hyperbolic terms than the reader has seen before: "Those looks, whose beams be joy, whose motion is delight; / That face, whose lecture shows what perfect beauty is; / That presence, which doth give dark hearts a living light; / That grace, which Venus weeps that she herself doth miss" (1-4). It is important to note that Sonnets 76 and 77 are written...

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