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Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism (Penguin Classics)
Author: Various
ISBN 13: 9780141439389
ISBN 10: 141439386
Edition: unknown
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2004-06-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $18.00
 
 

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 Sidney's “The Defence of Poesy,” an eloquent argument for fiction as a means of inspiring its readers to virtuous action. George Puttenham's “The Art of English Poesy” is an entertaining examination of poetry, verse form, and rhetoric, while Samuel Daniel's “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.