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The marriage in arcadia.

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The marriage in arcadia.
Shakespeare's final two sonnets transport us to an arcadian setting where he lets go of his beloved Dark Lady but states that he will always love her . The sonnet sequence now switches to the long poem A Lovers Complaint. The arcadian setting is continued and it is here where Shakespeare pays Sidney the ultimate compliment and gives the Dark Lady back to Sidney with this magnamous gesture Shakespeare is effectively writing the final chapter to Sidney's Astrophil and Stella. The two will be married by the reverend figure who also appears in this poem . The marriage that should have occurred in real life between Philip Sidney and Penelope Rich will now occur in arcadia. In this poem both Sidney and Rich are given non idealised personas Philip Sidney is given a composite of his own personality and that of his alterego Pamphilus from his Arcadia texts and Penelope Rich is a composite of her own personality and an older and disillusioned Stella. Who will eventually choose Sidney as her lover. The choice of using an alterego that has come from a writers own work to describe him was common practice. In his funeral elergies many writers referred to sidney as either Astrophil or Philisides both were alteregos from Sidney's own work. Shakespeare is simply continuing this tradition. A Lover's complaint is Shakespeare's most emotional poem and with this poem Shakespeare gives a happy ending to the Astrophil and Stella sequence. By keeping both Sidney and Penelope rich in pastoral disguise Shakespeare is continuing the poetic shadowing that is seen in the sonnets.
Posted on October 6, 2010 Full Size| Slideshow