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Barker, Arthur E. „An Apology for the Study of Renaissance Poetry.‰ Literary Views:  Critical
and Historical Essays.  Ed. Carroll Camden.  Chicago:  William Marsh Rice University by  the University of Chicago, 1964.  37-43.  "An Apology for the Study of Renaissance Poetry" is included in a text of critical and historical essays.  Mr. Barker defends Sir Philip Sidney's Defence against critics, J. E. Spingarn, Rene Welleck, David Daiches, and M. H. Abrams who believed that Sidney's Defence was typical of Renaissance English self-contradiction (since, they think, it naively echoes Italian Neo-Platonism and neo- Aristotlianism in regarding the poet at once as in some sense Orphic and a seer and as an imitative artist whose operations should be controlled consciously ordering literacy principles) or as a nervously self-defensive and hence casually ironic apology by a minor poet who cannot escape from the stultifying moralism he dislikes.  "Barker defends Sidney calling him, "charming, cultivated, and intelligent while supporting the Defence using Sidney's arguments from the classic poets, the definition of poetry, and the function of imagination and poetry.  Much of what Barker supports in Sidney's Defence is linked to Sidney's religious beliefs and the role of imagination in poetry.  Barker theorizes that Sidney's witness of religious persecutions on St. Bartholomew's Day in France is directly reflected to what he encodes in his literature.  Barker illustrates that key event as justification for the Defence in that Sidney tries to purport violence is too much in the world and imagination can carry us away.

Duncan-Jones, Katherine.  Introduction.  The Oxford Authors Sir Philip Sidney.  Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 1989.  vii-xxiii.  This text includes the complete works of Sir Philip Sidney in their entirety.  The Defence of Poesy is complete and, what makes this text exceptional includes extremely detailed and in-depth notes on all of the works.  The introduction is exceptional, providing relevant biographical and critical material.

Greville, Fulke.  „The Life of the Renowned Sir Philip Sidney.‰  Encyclopaedia Britannica.
ed.  1978.  This article, found in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, is an interesting biographical sketch of Sir Philip Sidney.  Written by his dear friend, Sidney is described with admiration and genuine affection.  Mr. Greville did not believe that Sidney's intended vocation was to be a writer, and he says so in this article.  He chronicles Sidney's life militarily and politically painting a picture of the "ideal Renaissance man."

Rollins, Hyder E. and Herschel Baker. , Editors.  The Renaissance in England:  Non-Dramatic
Prose and Verse of the Sixteenth Century.  Prospect Heights, Illinois:  Waveland Press, 1954.  This     text is a collection of non-dramatic prose and poetry from the Tudor period of England's history, also known as the Renaissance.  The text is complete in its collection of selected readings and contains very good head notes preceding readings.  There is a more than adequate glossary of English terms, along with a glossary of foreign words and phrases, including proper names.  However, this text uses only excerpts of selections and does not include footnotes or endnotes of any kind, which forces the reader to seek outside sources.

Sanders, Arnold, PHD. , Department of English, Goucher College.  „Sir Philip Sidney:  The
Defence of Poesy.‰  (Ponsonby 1595).  Renascence Editions.  Ed.  Richard Bear.
March 1995.  University of Oregon. 29 September 2000.  1996.  Printed from the Internet, this document was produced by a faculty member of Goucher College.  The article is a component from course work designed for a Survey of British Literature course at the same college.  This article is an excellent starting point for anyone beginning a study of Sidney's works, as it is very basic in material and thorough in its explanation.  These explanations are great for the novice who is not well versed in British literature, especially the Renaissance.  Also, available on the site is the complete text of Sidney's Defence of Poesy with extensive notes at the end of the document.
Sidney, Sir Philip.  The Defence of Poesy. (1595). ed. Katherine Duncan-Jones. The Oxford
Authors.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.  212-250.   This text contains Sidney's complete work defending Renaissance literature and poets in general, including endnotes and a preface of critical analysis of all the works contained in the text.  These works include Astrophil and Stella, Arcadia, The New Arcadia, and The Defence of Poesy.

Stewart, Alan.  Sir Philip Sidney:  A Double Life.  London:  Chatto and Windus, 2000.  This
recently published does what its title implies-- presents a picture of Sidney, the writer, and Sidney, the Renaissance man.  This text traces Sidney's biological ancestry, courtier upbringing, and heroic death with the theory that echoes the Biblical treatise:  "To whom much is given, much is expected."  This text is unusual, as it is a serious scholarly effort, has a decidedly novel demeanor.  It is written from a unique perspective granting Sidney a rather larger-than-life existence and a duplicitous persona.  The content that focuses on Sidney's literary works (Astrophil and Stella, Arcadia, and The Defence) limits its discussion to the theory that Sidney used his writing for political purposes only.

Symonds, John Addington.  „The Defence of Poesy.‰  Sir Philip Sidney.  (1886):  156-70.
The Chelsea House Library of Literary Criticism The Major Authors Edition.  1 (1985).
Symonds echoes the opinions of Arthur Barker defending Sidney's Defence as a great piece
of literary criticism and a favorable treatise for the existence of literature that emanates from man's imagination.  Symonds also cites the classical poets, the types of poetry, and the format of the essay itself.  He takes the best selections from the Defence, quotes them, and uses them as a defense for Sidney's Defence.

„The Life of Sir Philip Sidney.‰  Luminarium.   Sixteenth Century Renaissance English
Literature.  Ed.  Annina Jokinen.  13 April 2000.  15 September 2000.
<http:  file://www.luminarium.org/renlit/sidbio.htm>; This Internet site is devoted entirely to
the Renaissance.  Many of the key writers are listed on a beautifully illumined home page,
which along with Sidney includes:  Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, Ben Jonson, and Sir Francis Bacon, just to name a few.  Each page for each author includes a biography and critical analyses of the author's most important works.  What makes Luminarium especially credible and useful is its many links to other reputable sites on the Internet pertaining to Renaissance literature.

Wallace, M. W., „The Life of Sir Philip Sidney.‰  The New Encyclopaedia Britannica:
Macropaedia.  15th ed.  1997.      This is a brief biographical entry on the life of Sir Philip
Sidney.  Its content is strictly factual in nature, listing major events and dates in Sidney's
brief life.

Ward, Adolphus William.  „Sir Philip Sidney.‰  English Prose.  1 (1904):  401-8:  The Chelsea
House Library of Literary Criticism Major Authors Edition.  1 (1985):  16-63.  This essay
concentrates its content on the praise of Sir Philip Sidney's contribution to the world as a
poet and poetry's advocate and his heroic life and death as the defender of the repressed.
Mr. Ward's thesis is based on the too soon loss of one of the literary world's greatest scholars and poets, leaving the intellectual world with only Sidney's "literary immortality."
Mr. Ward praises the Defence as "typical, in choice of subject and style, generous in his judgment of others, and pleasantly abounding in the humour proper to gentle minds."

Weiner, Andrew D., Sir Philip Sidney and the Poetics of Protestantism:  A Study in Context.
Minneapolis:  University of Minneapolis Press, 1978.  This text is a study of all Sir Philip     Sidney's most famous works, especially Astrophil and Stella, Arcadia, and The Defence of Poesy.  Mr. Weiner's primary focus is the concept of Protestantism in Renaissance England and how it was reflected through Sidney's eyes, emerging in his writing.  There is a brief discussion of The Defence in the text, however, the majority of the text focuses on Protestantism reflected through Astrophil and Stella and Arcadia.

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