Sidney's Apologie for Poetrie

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Clarendon Press, 1907 - Poetry - 111 pages
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Page 92 - I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth ; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. " And yet on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book. "Who kills a man, kills a reasonable creature, God's image ; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself; kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye.
Page vii - Yet faded from him; Sidney, as he fought And as he fell and as he lived and loved Sublimely mild, a Spirit without spot, Arose; and Lucan, by his death approved: Oblivion as they rose shrank like a thing reproved.
Page 52 - ... it is very defectious in the circumstances, which grieveth me, because it might not remain as an exact model of all tragedies.
Page 82 - The torrent roar'd ; and we did buffet it With lusty sinews ; throwing it aside And stemming it with hearts of controversy. But ere we could arrive the point proposed, Caesar cried,
Page 61 - masculine rhyme," but still in the next to the last, which the French call the "female," or the next before that, which the Italians term sdrucciola. The example of the former is buono: suono, of the sdrucciola, femina: semina.
Page 39 - Muses to inspire into him a good invention; in truth, not labouring to tell you what is, or is not, but what should or should not be. And therefore, though he recount things not true, yet because...
Page 10 - Poesy therefore is an art of imitation, for so Aristotle termeth it in his word Mimesis, that is to say, a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth: to speak metaphorically, a speaking picture: with this end, to teach and delight; of this have been three several kinds.
Page 9 - ... bringeth things forth far surpassing her doings, with no small argument to the incredulous of that first accursed fall of Adam: sith our erected wit, maketh us know what perfection is, and yet our infected will, keepeth us from reaching unto it.
Page 52 - Asia of the one side, and Affrick of the other, and so many other vnderkingdoms, that the Player, when he commeth in, must euer begin with telling where he is, or els the tale wil not be conceiued.
Page 22 - So then the best of the historian is subject to the poet; for whatsoever action, or faction, whatsoever counsel, policy, or war stratagem the historian is bound to recite, that may the poet (if he list) with his imitation make his own, beautifying it both for further teaching, and more delighting, as it pleaseth him, having all, from Dante's heaven to his hell, under the authority of his pen.

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