Astrophil and Stella

Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.7 stars; 6 reviews)

Astrophil and Stella is a sonnet sequence written by Philip Sidney, an Elizabethan poet and courtier. It details the frustrated love of Astrophil (whose name means "star-lover") for his beloved Stella (whose name means "star"). It is likely that Sidney based his poems on his own unrequited passion for a married woman. The sequence inspired other sonnet writers of the period, such as Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Lady Mary Wroth. (Summary written by Elizabeth Klett)

(2 hr 14 min)


Sonnets 01-30 27:49 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Sonnets 31-60 28:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Sonnets 61-84 29:13 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Sonnets 85-90 26:51 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Sonnets 91-108 22:12 Read by Elizabeth Klett


Astrophil and Stella

(5 stars)

Elizabeth Klett's clear, intelligent and beautiful reading of these poems is a delight. 16th century English has never been better read.