Gavin Alexander

Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism
  • Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism

  • 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.

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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