The Countess of Pembroke s Arcadia The Old Arcadia

The Countess of Pembroke s Arcadia  The Old Arcadia

Philip Sidney was in his early twenties when he wrote his `Old' Arcadia for the amusement of his younger sister, the Countess of Pembroke. The book, which he called `a trifle, and that triflingly handled', reflects their youthful vitality.

Author: Sir Philip Sidney

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0199549842

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

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Philip Sidney was in his early twenties when he wrote his `Old' Arcadia for the amusement of his younger sister, the Countess of Pembroke. The book, which he called `a trifle, and that triflingly handled', reflects their youthful vitality. The `Old' Arcadia tells a romantic story in a manner comparable to that of Shakespeare's early comedies. It is divided into five `Acts', and abounds in lively speeches, dialogues, and quasi-dramatic tableaux. As a vehicle for Sidney's prophetic ideas about English versification, the `Old' Arcadia also includes over seventy poems in a wide variety of metres and genres. In clarity, symmetry, and coherence the `Old' version is greatly superior both to the ambitious but unfinished `New' Arcadia and the amalgamated, `composite' version, a hybrid monster which Sidney himself never envisaged.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Countess of Pembroke s Arcadia

The Countess of Pembroke s Arcadia

A romantic story in the manner of Shakespeare's early comedies, the 'Old' Arcadia also includes over 70 poems in a variety of meters and genres. This edition contains a Glossary and an Index of First Lines.

Author: Philip Sidney

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780140431117

Category: Fiction

Page: 870

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Sidney was in his early twenties when he wrote his 'Old' Arcadia for the amusement of his younger sister, the Countess of Pembroke. A romantic story in the manner of Shakespeare's early comedies, the 'Old' Arcadia also includes over 70 poems in a variety of meters and genres. This edition contains a Glossary and an Index of First Lines.
Categories: Fiction

Sir Philip Sidney and Arcadia

Sir Philip Sidney and Arcadia

This book rejects the Calvinist and deconstructionist interpretations of Sidney and argues instead for a man of humane and generous sympathies who thought deeply about human experience and the art and function of writing.

Author: Joan Rees

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838634060

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 158

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This book rejects the Calvinist and deconstructionist interpretations of Sidney and argues instead for a man of humane and generous sympathies who thought deeply about human experience and the art and function of writing.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney s Arcadia

A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney s Arcadia

The first appearance of the text since the seventeenth century, this volume includes both a modernized and an old-spelling edition of the text.

Author: Anna Weamys

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199770779

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Page: 288

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Anna Weamys's A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia is a woman's contribution to one of the dominant genres of her sex's readership in the seventeenth century: the heroic romance. Part of the considerable power and appeal of this work is its reduction of the heroic romance to a smaller scale. In its shorter length and its comparatively direct style, it avoids the fustian and bloat of the form. At the same time, it elaborates on the genre's stronger points--its playfulness and fantasy, its explorations of the nuances of sensibility--while not sacrificing its capacity for political statement. Weamys's Arcadia is an interesting and accessible story that, while it pairs well with Sidney, can stand on its own or be paired with other writers of romance like Shakespeare or Spenser. The first appearance of the text since the seventeenth century, this volume includes both a modernized and an old-spelling edition of the text.
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Sir Philip Sidney

Sir Philip Sidney

Through the influence of his personality, his critical insight, and his brilliant achievement in both poetry and prose - which Professor Hamilton in this study establishes through careful analysis - Sidney became the central figure of the ...

Author: A. C. Hamilton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521214230

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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A general critical study of Sidney's life and works, first published in 1977: his life in relation to his works and both in relation to his age. In the late 1570s and early 1580s, when the literary scene in England was barren, Sidney emerged as the right man at the right moment to establish a national literature. In his Defence of Poetry he formulated a poetic which showed 'why and how' imaginative literature could be written in Protestant England; and in his poetry and prose, chiefly in Astrophel and Stella and the two versions of The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, he revealed that the English language was, as he claimed, 'indeed capable of any excellent exercising of it'. Through the influence of his personality, his critical insight, and his brilliant achievement in both poetry and prose - which Professor Hamilton in this study establishes through careful analysis - Sidney became the central figure of the English literary Renaissance.
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The Sound of Virtue

The Sound of Virtue

Blair Worden reconstructs the dramatic events amidst which the Arcadia was composed and shows for the first time how profound is their presence in it.

Author: Blair Worden

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300066937

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 406

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Blair Worden reconstructs the dramatic events amidst which the Arcadia was composed and shows for the first time how profound is their presence in it. The Queen's failure to resist the Catholic advance at home and abroad, and her apparent resolve to marry the Catholic heir to the French throne, seemed likely to bring tyranny and persecution to England.
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