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But what, shall the abuse of a thing make the right use odious Who is it that ever was a scholar that doth not carry away some verses of Virgil, Horace, or Cato, which in his youth he learned, and even to his old age serve him for hourly lessonsIn this short, and very dense, Apologia , Sidney sets out to refute Plato s position that Poets and Poesy have no place in an ideal Republic Drawing from his wide reading and scholarly wit, the dense, humorous, and witty result, is noth But what, shall the abuse of a thing make the right use odious Who is it that ever was a scholar that doth not carry away some verses of Virgil, Horace, or Cato, which in his youth he learned, and even to his old age serve him for hourly lessonsIn this short, and very dense, Apologia , Sidney sets out to refute Plato s position that Poets and Poesy have no place in an ideal Republic Drawing from his wide reading and scholarly wit, the dense, humorous, and witty result, is nothing short of spectacular.Along with Aristotle sPoetics , an essential exploration of literary theory.I read this from the Oxford World Classics Collection, Sir Philip Sidney The Major Works, which contains excellent notes by Katherine Duncan Jones.For those of you who incline with Plato s view, Sidney has a little something to say to you I conjure you all that have had the evil luck to read this ink wasting toy of mine, even in the name of the Nine Muses, noto scorn the sacred mysteries of poesy noto laugh at the name of poets, as though they were next inheritors to fools noto jest at the reverend title of a rhymer but to believe, with Aristotle, that they were the ancient treasurers of the Grecian s divinity to believe, with Bembus, that they were the first bringers in of all civility to believe, with Scaliger, that no philosopher s precepts can sooner make you an honest man, than the reading of Virgil to believe, with Clauserus, the translator of Cornutus, that it pleased the heavenly deity by Hesiod and Homer, under the veil of fables, to give us all knowledge, logic, rhetoric, philosophy natural and moral, and quid non to believe, with me, that there are many mysteries contained in poetry, which of purpose were written darkly, lest by profane wits it should be abused to believe, with Landin, that they are so beloved of the gods that whatsoever they write proceeds of a divine fury Lastly, to believe themselves, when they tell you they will make you immortal by their verses Thus doing, your names shall flourish in the printers shops thus doing, you shall be of kin to many a poetical preface thus doing, you shall be most fair, most rich, most wise, most all you shall dwell upon superlatives thus doing, though you be Libertino patre natus, you shall suddenly grow Herculea proles, Si quid mea Carmina possunt thus doing, your soul shall be placed with Dante s Beatrix, or Virgil s Anchisis 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 was, to hang himself nor to be rhymed to death, as is said to be done in Ireland yet thus much curse I must send you in the behalf of all poets that while you live, you live in love, and never get favour, for lacking skill of a sonnet and when you die, your memory die from the earth for want of an epitaph. Read as part of Sidney s The Defence of Poesy and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism, ed Gavin Alexander Penguin 2004 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 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 move me in any way All in all meh I can t really recommend this one to anyone 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 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 thesis, Sidney.I wish we had discussed this in class forthan two minutes, but it s definitely something I will want to read again when I havetime to study literary theory 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, 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, is not evil or anything, believes Sidney It is simply the terrible use of it and for that poets must be blamed, not the divine art of poetry And if someone still doesn t like it, then Sidney, in the last lines of his apology sends forth a curse to all such dull soulsyet thus much curse I send you in the behalf of all poets that while you live in love, and never get favour, for lacking skill of a sonnet and when you die, your memory die from the earth, for want of an epithet Haha Seriously After reading Gosson and now Sidney, I m not sure whether I should take Elizabethan criticism seriously any This text goes under 2 different titles, A Defence of Poetry and Apology for Poetry The author gave the text 2 opposing titles and sent it off to 2 different publishers on the same day You know, to fire up a debate It deserves 5 stars just for being so gutsy and clever His writing is witty at times with many references to figures from bygone days He also wrote Astrophil and Stella, a sonnet sequence with semi autobiographical elements where he tries about 108 different times to woo the s This text goes under 2 different titles, A Defence of Poetry and Apology for Poetry The author gave the text 2 opposing titles and sent it off to 2 different publishers on the same day You know, to fire up a debate It deserves 5 stars just for being so gutsy and clever His writing is witty at times with many references to figures from bygone days He also wrote Astrophil and Stella, a sonnet sequence with semi autobiographical elements where he tries about 108 different times to woo the same lady and is rejected each time Until, he finally resorts to song.I highly recommend the Penguin Edition that contains this Defensive gem of a read Included with Sidney s Defence are other key players in literary criticism of the time.Sidney s The Defence of Poesy and Selected Renaissance Literary CriticismIf you enjoy Sidney s wit, Peacock s Peacock s Four Ages of Poetry Shelley s Defence of Poetry Browning s Essay on Shelley may leave you on the floor in laughter Well, I m exaggerating a bit I was pleasantly surprised by how familiar this was one of those situations where you go, Oh, this is where that comes from Possibly my second favorite book next to Paradise Lost The introduction is brilliant, and the text itself validates my love of the written word Thank you, Sir Philip Sidney. 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