The Defense of Poesy, Otherwise Known as an Apology for Poetry

The Defense of Poesy, Otherwise Known as an Apology for Poetry

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The Defense of Poesy, Otherwise Known as an Apology for Poetry

The Defense of Poesy, Otherwise Known as an Apology for Poetry

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Philip Sidney "was son of Sir Henry Sidney by the Lady Mary his wife, eldest daughter of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland; was born, as 'tis supposed, at Penhurst in Kent, 29 November, 1554, and had his Christian name given to him by his father from King Philip, then lately married to Queen Mary" (Wood, Athenæ Oxonienses). He was the eldest of three sons and four daughters. Philip Sidney and Fulke Greville, both of the same age (nine years), and who became friends for life, enter Shrewsbury School on the same day, Oct. 17, 1564. Fulke Greville thus testifies of his schoolfellow: "Of whose youth I will report no other wonder but thus, that though I lived with him, and knew him from a child, yet I never knew him other than a man; with such staidness of mind, lovely and familiar gravity, as carried grace and reverence above greater years. His talk ever of knowledge, and his very play tending to enrich his mind, so as even his teachers found something in him to observe and learn, above that which they had usually read or taught; which eminence by nature and industry made his worthy father style Sir Philip in my hearing (though I unseen) Lumen familiœ suœ" [the light of his family]. "While he was very young, he was sent to Christ Church to be improved in all sorts of learning where continuing till he was about 17 years of age" (Wood, Athenœ Oxonienses). This settlement at Oxford was made when . . .

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