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An Analysis of Sir Philip Sidney's The Defence of Poesy -

An Analysis of Sir Philip Sidney's The Defence of Poesy

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The Defence of Poesy is the first major piece of literary criticism in English. Taking aim at classical authors who disparaged poetry, and contemporary critics who saw literature as a corrupting influence, Sidney foregrounds the moral force of poetry. Sidney considers the real life affects of poetry upon the reader arguing that the stories instill virtues like courage in the reader. He combines this moral argument with a discussion of the technical features like genre, metre and rhyme. The Defence of Poesy thus began a long tradition of poets writing about poetry and is a touchstone for modern poetic criticism.

Product code: 9781912453139

ISBN 9781912453139
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129
Series The Macat Library
No. Of Pages 96
Publisher Macat International Limited
The Defence of Poesy is the first major piece of literary criticism in English. Taking aim at classical authors who disparaged poetry, and contemporary critics who saw literature as a corrupting influence, Sidney foregrounds the moral force of poetry.