Study Guide

With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies! Tough-o-Meter

By Sir Philip Sidney


(6) Tree Line

This poem is no walk in the park, that's for sure. While Sidney is very kind when it comes to word choice (no super-weird words that nobody really uses, for example), his sentences are tricky—sinewy, serpentine, complex. The whole bit about "Sure, that long with love acquainted eyes," really threw us for a loop, and we're supposed to be the experts. A couple other sentences in this poem are tricky, but besides those, Sidney isn't totally unreadable. If you want to make your life difficult, however, take a look at some of his other sonnets. They can be pretty tough.

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