Sidney apology for poetry text. Sidney's Defense of Poetry 2018-12-22

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sidney apology for poetry text

It has achieved the status of a classical text. When in his tenth year Philip Sidney was sent from Ludlow to Shrewsbury Grammar School, where he studied for three or four years, and had among his schoolfellows Fulke Greville, afterwards Lord Brooke, who remained until the end of Sidney's life one of his closest friends. But if it be so in Gorboduc, how much more in all the rest? But I speak to this purpose, that all the end of the comical part be not upon such scornful matters as stir laughter only, but mixed with it that delightful teaching which is the end of poesy. The astronomer, with his cousin the geometri- zs cian, can hardly escape when they take upon them to measure the height of the stars. That same framing of his style to an old rustic language I dare not allow, since neither Theocritus in Greek, Virgil in Latin, nor Sannazzaro in Italian did affect it. A year later I read it again and this time I actually got to understand more and really get importance of poetry and Sidney's point of view.

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A Defence of Poesie and Poems by Philip Sidney

sidney apology for poetry text

Anger, the Stoics said, was a short madness. Junius do entitle the poetical part of the scripture; against these none will speak that hath the Holy Ghost in due holy reverence. Sidney wrote the sixteenth century. Truly I could wish—if at least I might be so bold to wish in a thing beyond the reach of my capacity—the diligent imitators of Tully and Demosthenes most worthy to be imitated did not so much keep. Infinite proofs of the strange effects of this poetical invention might be alleged; only two shall serve, which are so often remembered as I think all men know them. That time of seclusion, after the end of March, 1580, he spent with his sister at Wilton. Poetry is the waste of time.

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Sidney's Defense of Poetry

sidney apology for poetry text

And now that an over-faint quietness should seem to strew the house for poets, they are almost in as good reputation as the mountebanks at Venice. He, after some years, hearing the overthrow of Priamus, for to make the treasure his own murdereth the child; the body of the child is taken up by Hecuba; she, the same day, findeth a sleight to be revenged most cruelly of the tyrant. He wonders why Plato found fault with poetry. They supposed that he desired marriage with Penelope Devereux, who was forced by her family in 1580--then eighteen years old--into a hateful marriage with Lord Rich. And so a conclusion not unfitly ensues; that as virtue is the most excellent resting-place for all worldly learning to make his end of, so poetry, being the most familiar to teach it, and most princely to move towards it, in the most excellent work is the most excellent workman. Usque adeone mori miserum est? This Alexander left his schoolmaster, living Aristotle, behind him, but took dead Homer with him. For he doth not only show the way, but gives so sweet a prospect into the way as will entice any man to enter into it.

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From An Apology Of Poetry

sidney apology for poetry text

But the poet, as I said before, never affirms. But hereto is replied that the poets give names to men they write of, which argueth a conceit of an actual truth, and so, not being true, 3oproveth a falsehood. Shelley's modern argument for poetry is cast in a Romantic strain in his critical work titled. One of the most important examples is in the work of the poet and critic,. The incomparable Lacedaemonians did not only carry that kind of music ever with them to the field, but even at home, as such songs were made, so were they all content to be singers of them; when the lusty men were to tell what they did, the old men what they had done, and the young what they would do.


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An Apology for Poetry : Wikis (The Full Wiki)

sidney apology for poetry text

See we not virtuous Cato driven to kill himself, and rebel Cæsar so advanced that his name yet, after sixteen hundred years, lasts in the highest honor? How often, think you, do the physicians lie, when they aver things good for sicknesses, which afterwards send Charon a great number of souls drowned in a potion before they come to his ferry. Where the English has all three, as due: true, father: rather, motion: potion; with much more which might be said, but that already I find the triflingness of this discourse is much too much enlarged. He also wrote Astrophil and Stella, a sonnet sequence with semi-autobiographical elements where he tries about 108 different times to woo the same lady and is rejected each time. And doth the lawyer lie then, when, under the names of John of the Stile, and John of the Nokes, he puts his case? If they be not illuminated, e. The natural philosopher thereon hath his name; and the moral philosopher standeth upon the natural virtues, vices, or passions of man; and follow nature, saith he, therein, and thou shalt not err.

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An Apology for Poetry : Wikis (The Full Wiki)

sidney apology for poetry text

To the modern reader Sidney's reasoning seems shockingly brutal, yet the repression he advocates is typical of English attitudes toward the Irish during Elizabeth's reign. Thwarted in his political ambition, Sidney turned his attention briefly to exploration, investing in three New World voyages by Martin Frobisher. For grammar it might have, but it needs it not; being so easy in itself, and so void of those cumbersome differences of cases, genders, moods, and tenses, which, I think, was a piece of the Tower of Babylon’s curse, that a man should be put to school to learn his mother-tongue. And certainly, though a man should grant their first assumption, it should follow, methinks, very unwillingly, that good is not good because better is better. Saint Paul himself, who yet, for the credit of poets, allegeth twice two poets, and one of them by the name of a prophet, setteth a watchword upon philosophy,—indeed upon the abuse. For what else is the awaking his musical instruments, the often and free changing of persons, his notable prosopopoeias, when he maketh you, as it were, see God coming in His majesty, his telling of the beasts’ joyfulness and hills’ leaping, but a heavenly poesy, wherein almost he showeth himself a passionate lover of that unspeakable and everlasting beauty to be seen by the eyes of the mind, only cleared by faith? Now for similitudes in certain printed discourses, I think all herbalists, all stories of beasts, fowls, and fishes are rifled up, that they may come in multitudes to wait upon any of our conceits, which certainly is as absurd a surfeit to the ears as is possible. And no less of the rest which take upon them to affirm.

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Sir Philip Sidney

sidney apology for poetry text

See whether wisdom and temperance in Ulysses and Diomedes, valor in Achilles, friendship in Nisus and Euryalus, even to an ignorant man carry not an apparent shining. And though Plautus have in one place done amiss, let us hit with him, and not miss with him. For he doth not only show the way, but giveth so sweet a prospect into the way, as will entice any man to enter into it; nay, he doth, as if your journey should lie through a fair vineyard, at the very first give you a cluster of grapes, that full of that taste you may long to pass farther. His arguments are thorough, leaving no gaps between thoughts, and very persuasive in both content and style. {2} At first, truly, to all them that, professing learning, inveigh against poetry, may justly be objected, that they go very near to ungratefulness to seek to deface that which, in the noblest nations and languages that are known, hath been the first light-giver to ignorance, and first nurse, whose milk by little and little enabled them to feed afterwards of tougher knowledges.


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sidney apology for poetry text

The ancient marked the quantity of each syllable, and according to that framed his verse; the modern observing only number, with some regard of the accent, the chief life of it standeth in that like sounding of the words, which we call rime. Now of time they are much more liberal. Well may you see Ulysses in a storm, and in other hard plights ; but they are but exercises of patience and magnanimity, to make them shine the more in the near following prosperity. In the 1590 Arcadia Sidney recalled in the character Kalander's house the warmth, serviceability, and understated grace of the Sidney home: The house itself was built of fair and strong stone, not affecting so much any extraordinary kind of fineness, as an honorable representing of firm stateliness; the lights, doors and stairs, rather directed to the use of the guest than to the eye of the artificer, and yet, as the one chiefly heeded, so the other not neglected; each place handsome without curiosity, and homely without loathsomeness, not so dainty as not to be trod on, nor yet slubbered up with good fellowship—all more lasting than beautiful but that the consideration of the exceeding lastingness made the eye believe it was exceeding beautiful. Europe, at this time, had its first encounter with inflation.


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An Apology for Poetry : Wikis (The Full Wiki)

sidney apology for poetry text

That Daedalus, they say, both in this and in other, hath three wings to bear itself up into the air of due commendation; that is art, imitation, and exercise. Both the other Scipio brothers, who had by their virtues no less surnames than of Asia and Afric, so loved him that they caused his body to be buried in their sepulchre. David 6 5, 9 19, 25 28, 35, 36 12, 38 4, 44 25. Literature can contribute to learning virtue but does not ensure virtuous action. But they that, with quiet judgments, will look a little deeper into it, shall find the end and working of it such, as, being rightly applied, deserveth not to be scourged out of the church of God. Plutarch teacheth the use to be gathered of them; and how, if they should not be read? And if he had, Scipio Nasica, judged by common consent the best Roman, loved him. Sidney implies that a life without such memories would surely be impoverished.


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