Sidney's 'the Defence Of Poesy' And Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism

Paperback | June 29, 2004

bySir Philip VariousIntroduction byGavin AlexanderNotes byGavin Alexander

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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 and most influential response came with Philip Sidney's Defense. Here he set out to answer contemporary critics and, 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, and passages by writers such as Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, and George Gascoigne.

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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 and most influential response came with Philip Sidney's Defense. Here he set out to answer contemporary critics and, with referen...

Gavin Alexander is a University Assistant Lecturer in English & Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and has written on the Sidney family and circle and the literary response to him.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.8 × 5.12 × 1.25 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141439386

ISBN - 13:9780141439389

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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