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Writing after SidneyThe Literary Response to Sir Philip Sidney 1586-1640$
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Gavin Alexander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285471.001.0001

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Lyric After Sidney

Lyric After Sidney

(p.193) 6 Lyric After Sidney
Writing after Sidney

Gavin Alexander (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines Sidney's impact on lyric writing. He is a considerable presence in the lyric miscellanies of the 1590s and early 1600s, as both writer and subject of writing. He taught his successors a great deal in matters of prosody, and this legacy is assessed. There follows a discussion of love poetry in relation to questions of simulation and sincerity that Sidney himself raises in The Defence of Poesy and that run through his great sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella. Readings of poems from that sequence are then complemented by a survey of the sonneteering of Daniel, Drayton, Constable, Barnes, Griffin, Spenser, Alexander, and others. Some final thoughts about love and love poetry are framed in relation to the writings of Roland Barthes.

Keywords:   lyric, miscellanies, prosody, sincerity, sonneteering, Astrophil and Stella, Daniel, Spenser, love, Roland Barthes

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