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This paper examines Samuel Daniel’s great work `Delia`, examining the influence of Sir Philip Sidney’s “Astrophel and Stella” on Samuel’s work.

This paper is an analysis of Samuel Daniel’s work “Delia”. It references several other works in order to make the correct analysis such as: Sidney’s `Astrophel and Stella,` Petrach’s “Canzoniere” and more. It details the sonnet in the English Renaissance, the Petrarchan sonnet and how it became a major influence on European poetry, the typical Elizabethan use of the sonnet , and more.
“Samuel Daniel’s ”Delia’ presents to the modern reader a nearly perfect mechanism through which to contemplate the structure of the sonnet in English as it first came to be incorporated into the common practice of this language. His use of Petrarchan forms and metrical traditions demonstrates that the sonnet when it first entered into wide use in the Renaissance was indeed a direct carry-over from the Italian, a mimicking by English writers of the Italianate structure of neoclassicism, a harkening back to Rome and so to Athens. By examining Daniel, we hear a twinning of neoclassical and English forms that would be lost almost entirely by Shakespeare’s later sonnets so much more familiar to most of us. Shakespeare made the sonnet into a native form for English speakers, made it a part of our own language, as natural as a lullaby sung from one generation to the next. But before Shakespeare could have done this, there had to be writers like Daniel. This paper examines Samuel’s great work “Delia,” looking particularly at the influence of Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophel and Stella on Samuel’s work.”

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