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The Sidney Psalter: The Psalms of Sir Philip and Mary Sidney (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Sir Philip Sidney , Mary Sidney , Hannibal Hamlin , Michael G. Brennan , Margaret P. Hannay , Noel J. Kinnamon
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10 Sep 2009 Oxford World's Classics
'the highest matter in the noblest form'

John Donne's description of the Psalms celebrates not only the perfection of the biblical psalms but their translation into poetic form by the Sidneys, who turned them into some of the most accomplished lyric poems of the English Renaissance. Although it was not printed until the nineteenth century, the Sidney Psalter was widely read in manuscript and influenced poets from Donne and Herbert to Milton and beyond. It turned these well-known and well-loved Psalms into sophisticated verse, selecting or inventing a different stanza form for each one. This variety of forms matches the appeal of their content: there are Psalms of praise and blame, Psalms of cursing and lamentation, Psalms of joy and exaltation, Psalms that recount history, and Psalms that describe Creation or divine law.

This is the first complete edition of the Psalter for over forty years. The Psalms are provided in an authoritative modernized text, with helpful glosses and notes illuminating points of interpretation, and an introduction setting the Psalms in their literary and cultural contexts.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (10 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199217939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199217939
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hannibal Hamlin was born in New Haven, CT, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He teaches in the Department of English at The Ohio State University and specializes in Renaissance literature and the Bible. He has been awarded a prestigious Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and a National Endowment from the Humanities Fellowship to study at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. He co-curated the exhibition, Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterife of the King James Bible, which showed at the Folger Library in 2011, as well as a traveling version of the exhibition which toured the United States from 2011-2013, and a permanent website at www.manifoldgreatness.org. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Cori Martin.

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Hannibal Hamlin is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sidney Psalter 22 April 2011
By Corpora
An excellent edition, utilizing some of the top specialists in the field. Hannibal Hamlin wrote 'Psalm Cutlure and Early Modern English Literature', and seems to contribute most of the introduction. Brennan, Hannay and Kinnamon edited the OUP edition of Mary Sidney's Psalm translations (44-150) and continue their erudite schoalrship here. The editors use the authoratitive Penhurst manuscript as the basis for their edition with supplement from the Tixall and Bod. MS Raw. 25, which gives the collection a much needed sense of unity, especially when so many variants of individual psalms exist. If I were to offer one criticism it is that the scholarly apparatus feels a little light compared to other (admittedly academic) editions - especially Rathmell's 1963 edition of the Psalter. For instance, in the slim bibliography, there is no mention of the Sidney's contemporaneous influences such as de Beza or Calvin. Also, the introduction seems to tread well-worn ground, not raising any issues over authorship/translation/autonomy in the problematic time of its composition. However, there is a generous selection of notes for an Oxford World Classics, and it's great to see this understudied classic of Renaissance literature available more widely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling Singers 20 Jun 2010
By Anne L. Prescott - Published on Amazon.com
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It is hard to imagine a more poignant publication than this fine edition of a sister, Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, who finished a translation of the Psalter, begun by her brother, dead in 1586 fighting to help the Dutch stay free. Her poetry is often as powerful as that of more famous poets, not least George Herbert, and it is wonderful to have her and her brother's translations in an edition most of us can afford. The editors are meticulous scholars, well-known in the academic world, and we all owe them--and the Sidneys--applause and gratitude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Edition of a Neglected Classic 29 Nov 2013
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A new edition of a masterpiece of late-Renaissance poetizing. Sir Phillip and his sister Mary put the biblical Psalms into wonderful English poetry, showing a depth of biblical insight as well as a mastery of the English language. The editorial apparatus in this edition is very helpful and well done--not only the Introduction but Note on the Text, Explanatory Notes, and Emendations. I actually like this edition better than the JCA Rathmell edition (1963); I find it more useful. It's also very attractive typographically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a glorious interpretation! 24 Nov 2012
By Roberta G. Sautter - Published on Amazon.com
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These are the psalms, not so much translated as interpreted. They are stunningly beautiful. Just read one or two an you will want this book!
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