Analysis of Sir Philip Sidney's Defense of Poesy

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Analysis of Sir Philip Sidney's Defense of Poesy

  1. 1. Megan D. Casilla Classical Literary History: An Aid to Sir Philip Sidney's Defense in 'An Apology for
  2. 2. An analytic overview of the value of the classics as presented in An Apology for Poetry of Sir Philip Sidney in defending poetry.
  3. 3. How is classical History presented in An Apology for Poetry? What lies in the classical history affecting the text? Who are the classics or the ancients with whom the author based his arguments from? And how?
  4. 4. Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) • First of the great English Poets • He wrote ‘An Apology for Poetry’ in response to Stephen Gossen’s ‘School of Abuse’ which attacked poetry. • Neoclassical writer • Soldier and Courtier to Queen Elizabeth
  5. 5. An Apology for Poetry • Defence of Poesy • Critical Essay • Written at about 1579, published on 1595 • This was written not only to defend Poetry from what Stephen Gossen says but also to generally defend Poetry to everyone.
  6. 6. The research on the classical history found in the text is fueled by the urge to establish a wider scope of knowledge presented by Sir Philip Sidney in his text. This text is vital in the field of Literary Criticism and to break down the factors affecting the making of this text would as well be helpful in understanding the content of the text.
  7. 7. Historical-Biographical Criticism • An Apology incorporated most of its ideas from three classics or ancients: • Plato • Aristotle • Horace • He also included contemporary ways to defend poetry through religion and Philosophy
  8. 8. Plato • Wrote his series of texts entitled, ‘Republic’ • Theory of Forms and Ideas • Mimetic Theory • Deceitfulness of Poetry • Poetry as waste of time • Should be Banned
  9. 9. Aristotle • Wrote ‘Poetics’ • Mimetic Theory • True imitation of what is reality in this world • Nature • Tragedy
  10. 10. Horace • Wrote ‘Ars Poetica’ • Ars Poetica is more like a plea to take Poetry seriously • Drama • Poetic Unity and Simplicity • Delce et utile
  11. 11. Additional Arguments • • • • • • Poetry is an Educator The Ideal aim of Poetry Morality introduced by Poetry Poetic Culture Christianity Monarch of Education and Philosophy • Speaking Picture of Poetry

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