Sidney's the Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism

ISBN-10: 0141439386

ISBN-13: 9780141439389

Edition: 2004

Authors: Sir Philip Sidney, Gavin Alexander, Gavin Alexander

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Out of the intellectual ferment of the English Renaissance came a number of outstanding critical works that sought to define and defend the role of literature in society and to comment on the craft of writing. Foremost among these is Sir Philip Sidneys The Defence of Poesy, an eloquent argument for fiction as a means of inspiring its readers to virtuous action. George Puttenhams The Art of English Poesy is an entertaining examination of poetry, verse form, and rhetoric, while Samuel Daniels A Defence of Rhyme considers the practice of versification and praises the English literary tradition. Along with pieces by such writers as Sir John Harrington, Francis Bacon, and Ben Jonson, these works reveal the emergence of key critical ideas and approaches, and celebrate the possibilities of the English language.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Gavin Alexander is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.

Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
The Defence of Poesy (c. 1580; printed 1595)
The Art of English Poesy (1589)
A Defence of Rhyme (1603)
Selected Passages
Certain Notes of Instruction (1575)
from The Garden of Eloquence (1577; 1593)
from A Discourse of English Poetry (1586)
A Brief Apology of Poetry (1591)
from Musophilus: Containing a General Defence of Learning (1599)
from Observations in the Art of English Poesy (1602)
from The Advancement of Learning (1605)
'To Henry Reynolds, of Poets and Poesy' (1627)
from Anacrisis. Or a Censure of some Poets Ancient and Modern (c. 1635)
'A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme' (before 1637)
from Horace, his Art of Poetry (before 1637)
A Note on Rhetoric
A Note on English Versification
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