The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (The Old Arcadia) by Philip SidneyThe Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (The Old Arcadia) by Philip Sidney

The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (The Old Arcadia)

byPhilip SidneyIntroduction byKatherine Duncan-Jones

Paperback | November 7, 2008

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Philip Sidney was in his early twenties when he wrote his `Old' Arcadia for the amusement of his younger sister, the Countess of Pembroke. The book, which he called 'a trifle, and that triflingly handled', reflects their youthful vitality. The `Old' Arcadia tells a romantic story in a manner comparable to that of Shakespeare's early comedies. It is divided into five `Acts', and abounds in lively speeches, dialogues, and quasi-dramatic tableaux. Two young princes, Pyrocles and Musidorus, disguise themselves as an Amazon and ashepherd to gain access to the Arcadian Princesses, who have been taken into semi-imprisonment by their father to avoid the dangers foretold by an oracle. As a vehicle for Sidney's prophetic ideas about English versification, the `Old' Arcadia also includes over seventy poems in a wide variety of metres and genres. In clarity, symmetry, and coherence the `Old' version is greatly superior both to the ambitious but unfinished `New' Arcadia and theamalgamated, `composite' version, a hybrid monster which Sidney himself never envisaged.
Katherine Duncan-Jones is a Fellow in English at Somerville College, Oxford. She is the author of Sidney: Courtier Poet (1991); and the editor of Oxford Authors Sidney (1989) and Oxford Poetry Library Sidney (1994).
Title:The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (The Old Arcadia)Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.81 inPublished:November 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199549842

ISBN - 13:9780199549849


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