Sidney’s Defence of Poesie. ENGL 203 Dr. Fike. Main Point for Today.
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Sidney’s Defence of Poesie
(Source: Ellrodt’s Neoplatonism in the Poetry of Edmund Spenser, pages 25ff.)
POINT: We’re developing the idea that Sidney’s inspiration was classical and Platonic.
First two rows, #1; second pair, #2; third pair, #3: find a partner and search for answers.
Forms (highest, most real)
Art (lowest, least real)
Art is a reflection of a reflection of the most real.
Art (golden, higher)
Nature (brazen, lesser)
Was blowing on my body, felt within
A correspondent breeze, that gently moved
With quickening virtue, but is now become
A tempest, a redundant energy,
Vexing its own creation.