The text I wanted to share today is a sonnet by Sir Philip Sidney, and it’s from a cycle called Astrophil and Stella (Starlover and Star). They’re really about unrequited love, but I thought this one in particular would be really relevant to all you writers out there – can’t we all relate to this desperate search for inspiration? (Also I think it’s a really beautiful poem!)
Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,
That she, dear she, might take some pleasure of my pain,—
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know,
Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain,—
I sought fit words to paint the blackest face of woe;
Studying inventions fine her wits to entertain,
Oft turning others’ leaves, to see if thence would flow
Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sunburn’d brain.
But words came halting forth, wanting invention’s stay;
Invention, Nature’s child, fled step-dame Study’s blows;
And others’ feet still seem’d but strangers in my way.
Thus great with child to speak and helpless in my throes,
Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite,
“Fool,” said my Muse to me, “look in thy heart, and write.”
So tell me! Where do you find your inspiration?
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!