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 turrned 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 Defence of Rhyme, & passages by writers such as Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon & George Gascoigne.
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Product details

  • 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
  • 269,783

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
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
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