Sir Philip Sidney

Sir Philip Sidney

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Sir Philip Sidney, whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 31, is now regarded as one of the most important poets of the Elizabethan era. A contemporary of Shakespeare, he was an influential figure at court, and was regarded by some as almost a crown Prince. This short selection represents the full range of Sidney's remarkable poetic gifts, and includes "Astrophil and Stella", "The New Arcadia" and "The Defence of Poesy", as well as a number of shorter lyrics. The book reveals that beneath the often dazzling verbal asserance and prosodic talent was a vein of profound melancholy. This lends greater weight to the conventional forms of amorous complaint, and resonance of his verse has been compared to "the sound of gongs beaten under water" by one critic. Throughout his short career he displayed the greatest confidence which, had he lived, would have been triumphantly vindicated through the works of his younger contemporaries - Marlowe, Donne, Jonson and Shakespeare. Katherine Duncan-Jones is the author of the biography, "Sir Philip Sidney: Courtier Poet".show more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 124.5 x 190.5 x 17.8mm | 113.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192822748
  • 9780192822741

Table of contents

Part 1 "The Lady of May": from "Certain Sonnets" - song - "Sleep, baby mine, desire", song - "Who hath his fancy pleased", "Ring out your bells", sonnet - "Thou blind man's mark", sonnet - "Leave me, O love"; from 1593 "Arcadia" - "The lad Philisides", from the "Old Arcadia" - "What tongue can her perfections tell", epithalamium - "Let Mother Earth", Philiside's fable - "as I my little flock", double sestina - "Ye goat-herd gods", followed by dizain and crown - "I joy in grief", pastoral elegy - "Since that to death", "Farewell, O sun". Part 2 "Astrophil and Stella. Part 3 "The Defence of Poesy".show more

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