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

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

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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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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 35.56mm | 408.23g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • glossary, chronology, bibliography, notes
  • 0141439386
  • 9780141439389
  • 259,922

About Gavin Alexander

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.

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Table of contents

Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary CriticismChronology Introduction Further Reading A Note on the Texts Sir Philip Sidney The Defence of Poesy (c.1580; printed 1595) George Puttingham Th Art of English Poesy (1589) Samuel Daniel A Defence of Rhyme (1603) Selected Passages George Gascoigne Certain Notes of Instruction (1575) Henry Peachum The Garden of Eloquence (1577; 1593) William Webbe A Discourse of English Poetry (1586) Sir John Harington A Brief Apology of Poetry (1591) Samuel Daniel from Musophilus: Containing a General Defence of Learning (1599) Thomas Campion from Observations in the Art of English (1602) Francis Bacon from The Advancement of Learning (1605) Michael Drayton To Henry Reynolds, or Poets and Poesy (1627) Sir William Alexander from Anacrisis. Or a Censure of some Poets Ancient and Modern (c. 1655) Ben Jonson A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme (before 1637) Ben Jonson from Horace, his Age of Poetry (before 1637) A Note on Rhetoric A Note on English Versification Notes Index

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