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Sidney's 'The Defence Of Poesy' And Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism : Penguin Classics - Gavin Alexander

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

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 26th February 2004
ISBN: 9780141439389
Number Of Pages: 544
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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 Sidneyas aThe Defence of Poesy,a an eloquent argument for fiction as a means of inspiring its readers to virtuous action. George Puttenhamas aThe Art of English Poesya is an entertaining examination of poetry, verse form, and rhetoric, while Samuel Danielas aA Defence of Rhymea 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.

Chronologyp. vii
Introductionp. xvii
Further Readingp. lxxx
A Note on the Textsp. lxxxvi
The Defence of Poesy (c. 1580; printed 1595)p. 1
The Art of English Poesy (1589)p. 55
A Defence of Rhyme (1603)p. 205
Selected Passages
Certain Notes of Instruction (1575)p. 237
from The Garden of Eloquence (1577; 1593)p. 248
from A Discourse of English Poetry (1586)p. 254
A Brief Apology of Poetry (1591)p. 260
from Musophilus: Containing a General Defence of Learning (1599)p. 274
from Observations in the Art of English Poesy (1602)p. 281
from The Advancement of Learning (1605)p. 289
'To Henry Reynolds, of Poets and Poesy' (1627)p. 291
from Anacrisis. Or a Censure of some Poets Ancient and Modern (c. 1635)p. 298
'A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme' (before 1637)p. 301
from Horace, his Art of Poetry (before 1637)p. 304
A Note on Rhetoricp. 308
A Note on English Versificationp. 311
Notesp. 316
Indexp. 443
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ISBN: 9780141439389
ISBN-10: 0141439386
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 26th February 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.3  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1