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

Gavin Alexander
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26 Feb 2004 Penguin Classics
Controversy raged through England during the 1570-80s as Puritans denounced all manner of games & pastimes as a danger to public morals. Writers quickly turrned their attention to their own art and the first & most influential response came with Philip Sidney's Defense. Here he set out to answer contemporary critics &, with reference to Classical models of criticism, formulated a manifesto for English literature. Also includes George Puttenham's Art of English Poesy, Samuel Daniel's Defence of Rhyme, & passages by writers such as Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon & George Gascoigne.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141439386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439389
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gavin Alexander, University Assistant Lecturer in English & Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, has written on the Sidney family & circle, & the literary response to him.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection 12 April 2009
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I bought this primarily because it contains almost the whole of George Puttenham's 'The Art of English Poesy' which is difficult to get hold of at a reasonable price, but the collection as a whole is both stimulating and well put together. Sidney's 'Defence' is also here in its entirety, but is also available in the Oxford Sir Philip Sidney: The Major Works. But even for those familiar with Sidney's text, it takes on a whole new meaning when placed against the other writing on writing in this volume.

Alexander's introduction and notes are illuminating and succint, and the bibliography is helpful. So overall this is a really useful volume for any students of Renaissance poetry, and at an excellent price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sidney's 'Defence' 18 Mar 2004
A highly anticipated, and much needed, volume, Gavin Alexander has done a superb job with works integral to an understanding and appreciation of Renaissance poetry.
Much effort has been devoted to Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy', and its near contemporaries, over the years, and Alexander ably shows that this rich vein still has much to offer the critical community. Although this collection arrives a mere four years after the last authoratative attempt to map some important aspects of English Renaissance literary criticism, Alexander's comprehensive insights must surely mean this work replaces Brian Vickers' as the standard reference collection.
The introduction provides a useful starting point for those perhaps less familiar with the criticism of the period, as well as exploring nuances that will appeal to scholars and enthusiasts alike. The explanatory notes are thorough and revealing; the glossary and note on versification likewise enable a clear navigation through the ideas of the texts.
In short, a wonderful and necessary collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for my course 13 July 2013
By Lorna
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This was a recommended book for one module at university and I found it very useful when compiling my essays for said module. If it is listed on your reading list - get it. You will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a source! 9 May 2011
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I find it difficult to believe there are no reviews of this book yet. From what may be the greatest period of English poetry, when the very definition of what might constitute poetry was developing in both practice and critical statements, this book includes all the work about poetry and poetics that one might wish to have: works by Sidney, Puttenham, Daniel, Gascoigne, Campion, Drayton, and more. This is a work you will find fascinating, exciting, and useful if you care about poetry at all, from any period. Buy it while it's available! You won't regret it.
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