Sonnets 31 And 39 More Closely Follow An Italian- Petrarchan Form
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In Sonnet 31, the moon appears sad, quiet, and pale. The speaker attribute’s the moon’s mood to that of his own, where he is most likely in love with a woman who does not love him back and therefore thinks of him as foolish. The speaker reveals his own situation of a love struggle by addressing the moon with questions, wondering whether love exists in the heavens as well as if love is only there for the humor. Additionally, he refers to the moon because he believes the moon is the only true judge of love because it is familiar with it.
In Sonnet 39, the speaker describes sleep as a time of rest for the mind, the medicine of sadness, a wealth for everyone, and a prisoner’s escape. In lines 13-14, the speaker promises sleep the “rewards” of a bed with pillows, a quiet room, shielding it from the light, as well as flowers for a pleasant smell and a tired head. Judging from his “reward”, the speaker craves a great sleep, a sleep where he can rest his mind and see his lover in his dreams.
“Do they above love to be loved, and yet
Those lovers scorn whom that love doth possess?” (Sidney 12-3)
“Of those fierce darts Despair at me doth throw: O make in me those civil wars to cease” (Sidney 6-7)