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Sir Philip Sidney : A Study of his Life and Works - A. C. Hamilton

Sir Philip Sidney

A Study of his Life and Works

Paperback Published: 26th January 2012
ISBN: 9780521158909
Number Of Pages: 228

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A general critical study of Sidney's life and works: his life in relation to his works and both in relation to his age. In the late 1570s and early 1580s, when the literary scene in England was barren, Sidney emerged as the right man at the right moment to establish a national literature. In his Defence of Poetry he formulated a poetic which showed 'why and how' imaginative literature could be written in Protestant England; and in his poetry and prose, chiefly in Astrophel and Stella and the two versions of The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, he revealed that the English language was, as he claimed, 'indeed capable of any excellent exercising of it'. Through the influence of his personality, his critical insight, and his brilliant achievement in both poetry and prose - which Professor Hamilton in this study establishes through careful analysis - Sidney became the central figure of the English literary Renaissance.

Sidney in life, legend, and in his works
Sidney and the pastoral: The Lady of May and the Old Arcadia
Sidney's 'unelected vocation'
Sidney's poetics
The New Arcadia: 'an absolute heroical poem'
Notes to pages 1-174
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ISBN: 9780521158909
ISBN-10: 0521158907
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 26th January 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3