Sidney's "The Defence of Poesy" and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism

Sidney's "The Defence of Poesy" and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism

Paperback Penguin Classics

Edited by Dr Gavin Alexander

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 36mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141439386
  • ISBN 13: 9780141439389
  • Illustrations note: glossary, chronology, bibliography, notes
  • Sales rank: 190,949

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Controversy raged through England during the 1570-80s as Puritans denounced all manner of games & pastimes as a danger to public morals. Writers quickly turned their attention to their own art and the first & most influential response came with Philip Sidney's "Defense". Here he set out to answer contemporary critics &, with reference to Classical models of criticism, formulated a manifesto for English literature. Also includes George Puttenham's "Art of English Poesy", Samuel Daniel's "Defense of Rhyme", & passages by writers such as Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon & George Gascoigne.

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Gavin Alexander, University Assistant Lecturer in English & Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, has written on the Sidney family & circle, & the literary response to him.