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MoonAn object can represent many different things to many different people One object of interest is the moon Philip Larkin the speaker of Sad Steps and Sir Philip Sidney speaker of sonnet 31 from Astrophel and Stella have different feelings and attitudes towards the moon Each speaker uses various rhetorical devices to present their opinion of the moon Larkin uses these devices to show his bitterness and the ridiculous nature of the moon and what people think of it and Sir Philip Sidney uses these devices to prevail his admiration of the moon in its grace amongst the starsSir Philip Sidney is in a state of awe when faced by the moon He believes that the moon has the answers to all of his questions He asks through a series of rhetorical questions whether they call virtue there ungratefulness line 15 or whether they above love to be loved and yet Those lovers scorn whom that love doth possess line 13-14 Sir Philip Sideney believes that the answers to these questions can be found out from the moon for the moon is omniscient He further believes that the moon can judge of love and can solve his love troubles as a lozenge of love Sad Steps line 11 would Sir Philip Sidneys attitude toward the moon is quite serious which is also the tone of the essay He takes the moon very seriously as if it were divine He adds character to the moon as if it were a person He describes the moons love acquainted eyes line 5 and remarks how wan a face line 2 it has This imagery makes the moon more real and praiseworthy for how can you admire a person without a face The imagery adds a face to the moon for others to admire as does himself Philip Larkins attitude toward the moon is quite different although there is a definite connection between the two poemsLarkins attitude toward the
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