A Defence of Poetry Often seen as a key to understanding Elizabethan poetry Sidney s persuasive treatise follows the rules of rhetoric in presenting evidence of the virtues of poetry Sidney argues with wit and irony tha

  • Title: A Defence of Poetry
  • Author: Philip Sidney J.A. Van Dorsten
  • ISBN: 9780199110223
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Often seen as a key to understanding Elizabethan poetry, Sidney s persuasive treatise follows the rules of rhetoric in presenting evidence of the virtues of poetry Sidney argues with wit and irony that poetry is the art which best teaches what is good and true.

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    1. I just couldn't get behind this one. I had to read it for my university course and while I do think some of my dislike comes from my lack of knowledge of the references he was making - that could not be all of it. I've read and enjoyed works where I cannot understand all of the references before. I simply was bored, from beginning to end. I didn't always agree with all of the statements he made. And while I can tell that he is being critical and presenting his arguements fairly well, it didn't m [...]

    2. This is a difficult read, but a good one. I really love that, when Sidney was writing, "arts" and "sciences" acted almost as synonyms, and each could be used to describe "the different branches of knowledge and/or learning." Maybe if we still thought in that way today, humanities departments at universities wouldn't be in danger of eradication.Also, I love that this was published under two different titles, the second being "an apology for poetry." Way to appeal to two camps by writing one thesi [...]

    3. Read as part of Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism, ed. Gavin Alexander (Penguin 2004)

    4. Gosson and the Puritan likes of him charged poetry with depravity and leading people astray etc. Sidney counters that it is not poetry that should be blamed but the amateur poets who don't know how to write good stuff. Poetry is simply a medium. He gives many examples to substantiate his argument and does it very nicely. Also, Sidney suggests that Plato held poetry in great esteem and it was only the 'abuse' of poetry in his time that led him to banish poets from his Republic. Poetry, in itself, [...]

    5. This is probably still the best way to finish a Defense:"But if - fie of such a but! - you be born so near the dull-making cataract of Nilus, that you cannot hear the planet-like music of poetry; if you have so earth-creeping a mind that it cannot lift itself up to look to the sky of poetry, or rather, by a certain rustical disdain, will become such a mome as to be a Momus of poetry; then, though I will not wish unto you the ass's ears of Midas, nor to be driven by a poet's verses, as Bubonax wa [...]

    6. Just read this in the new R.W. Maslen edition, which I highly recommend for the phenomenal notes and introductory material.

    7. *Read for College*The only reason I read this is because I had to read this for college, and to be honest, it didn't move me or or anything.

    8. I find Sidney's writing style to be very repetitive and overly verbose. This essay could be half the length that it currently is and he would not fail to get his point across. Sidney's argument is that poetry is the best of all teachers of virtue. History is limited by concrete events, whereas poetry is not. Philosophy only teaches the abstract concepts, whereas poetry dresses these abstract concepts in fantasy and thus makes them easier to understand and, in the special case of matters of virtu [...]

    9. Filled with wit and beautifully intelligent observations. Be at ease world, poets are here to rule you all.

    10. Sidney stands as an advocate for poetry when it is under fire and devalued in England. He has some very interesting ideas. This is a read that should be taken in slowly, as some of the sentences go an entire page. I think what he says is valuable, although quite a bit of it is based on Plato and Aristotle so if you have already read their literary and poetic ideas it is a bit redundant. His conclusion really socks it to you though, and he is definitely a wordsmith.

    11. This treatise is to poetry what Hebrews is to Christ: it shows the supremacy of poetry over other disciplines like philosophy and history.

    12. An elegently reasoned argument as to why "poesy" (by which Sidney means something closer to "fiction" than bare "poetry" as we understand the terms: "Verse being but an ornament and no cause to poetry sith there have been many most excellent poets that never versified, and now swarm many versifiers that need never answer to the name of poets") is worthwhile both to read and to write. The crux of his argument is that (in Platonic terms) art doesn't imitate life, which is already one step from the [...]

    13. I had to read "An Apology for Poetry" in my first year of my Literature Bachelor and at the time I most say I hated it. It was a very complicated read, and a mandatory on top of that. A year later I read it again and this time I actually got to understand more and really get importance of poetry and Sidney's point of view.Sidney's defense of poetry is brilliantly presented and justified with many examples take backup his argument, all this while using a very rich and extensive vocabulary that sh [...]

    14. I prefer my romanticism not be deconstructed by anyone but me. And I feel a comedic sense in this short read; in so far that the consistent persuasion of categorizing the grammarian, historian and all other non-poets forces Sir Sidney's granular poetic analytics to be categorized with those aforementioned! Luckily, it's implicitly clear that his learned and exhausting explanation is not to be confused with supra-poesy.This would be much more enjoyable if I were read in Greek lore and mythology-- [...]

    15. 3,5 starsA difficult read but I'm tempted to give this a four star rating because of how Sir Philip Sidney defends poetry - exceptionally well, I must say. I'll rate this three and a half because the theory behind the prose is wonderful and very well presented but it was, like I said, an arduous reading.

    16. Sidney's language is a little tough to understand but his usage of vocabulary is extensive and enriches our knowledge of English and shows us how little we know of the language. His defense of poetry is indeed a fantastic argument with valid reasons and one can simply not deny what Sidney tells and that poetry is superior to all other branches of learning.

    17. This text has 2 titles are "A Defence of Poetry" and "Apology for Poetry." The author wrote this book, gave it 2 opposing titles and sent it to 2 different publishers on the same day. It deserves 5 stars just for being so gutsy and clever.His writing is pretty cool. He also wrote Astrophil and Stella.

    18. *For College*I had to read this essay because of college and even though it was hard at first, it revealled itself interesting. A new view over poetry which only purpose is "to teach and to delight".

    19. Links to Areopagitica or the Winter's Tale. Reading this little defence helped me understand something previously escaping me about my dissertation. Gratitude, Sidney.

    20. "ne can both teach and move thereto so much as poesy, then is the conclusion manifest that ink and paper cannot be to a more profitable purpose employed."

    21. This book deserves five stars because of its influence on English poetry, however I found it quite difficult to follow at times.

    22. Every time I read this one, it's a different experience. I can't quite decide whether or not I like it. What I can say is that it's an excellent example of a well-thought-out argument.

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