Plato and Sidney's Defence of Poesie

  title={Plato and Sidney's Defence of Poesie},
  author={F. M. Krouse},
  journal={Comparative Literature},
STUDENTS of the literary criticism of the Renaissance have long disagreed among themselves about the precise balance of ideas derived from various sources in Sir Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesie. The current view most widely held would seem to be that expressed by Atkins in his recent study of Renaissance English criticism. Atkins points out that, while Sidney's "main doctrine... is coloured throughout by Platonic teaching," that same doctrine, namely "that poetry is essentially an art of… Expand
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