Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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See MP, p. 62, for discussion of Stephen Gosson’s book as the possible occasion of A Defence of Poetry.

5.

Thomas Howell

1581

Howell’s Devises is dedicated to the Countess of Pembroke, in whose household he was ‘a humble ladies’ man-servant’ who ‘regarded himself virtually as the Herberts’ honorary family versifier’ (Michael Brennan, Literary Patronage in the English Renaissance: The Pembroke Family, London, 1988, p. 74). The invitation to Arcadia to ‘shewe they [=thy] selfe’ has sometimes been interpreted as a call to Sidney to print his work, but at this early date Howell is more likely to be requesting further manuscript exposure. (The ‘stigma of print’ did not, of course, attach to one of Howell’s own social status.)

The importance of Howell’s poem has been well summed up by Dennis Kay: it ‘confirms the existence of the Old Arcadia, suggests the centrality of the Eclogues to its structure, and reinforces the text’s private status as well as implying parallels with Chaucer and Spenser’. Howell ‘anticipates many later readings of the Old Arcadia by indicating that Sidney’s urbane tragicomedy contains a didactic sense and also requires active participation on the reader’s part’ (Kay, pp. 8-9).


Howell His Devises, for his owne exercise, and his Friends pleasure, London, 1581, sigs. E4v-F1.

Written to a most excellent Booke, full of rare invention


Goe learned booke, and unto Pallas sing,
Thy pleasant tunes that sweetely sownde to hie

-94-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • General Editor’s Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xiv
  • Abbreviations xvi
  • Note on the Text xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Edward Waterhouse 87
  • 2 - Philip Sidney 88
  • 4 - Edmund Spenser 93
  • Note 94
  • 6 - George Puttenham 96
  • 7 - William Temple 98
  • 8 - Geoffrey Whitney 102
  • 12 - George Whetstone 110
  • 15 - Sir John Harington 115
  • 16 - Thomas Newman 118
  • 18 - Edmund Spenser 127
  • 21 - Thomas Moffet 136
  • 22 - John King 139
  • 24 - Gervase Markham 141
  • 25 - Francis Meres 146
  • Note 147
  • 27 - Ben Jonson 152
  • 29 - Brian Twyne 157
  • 32 - Matthew Gwynne 169
  • 34 - Richard Carew 171
  • 36 - John Day 174
  • Notes 186
  • Note 200
  • 45 - John Donne 211
  • 47 - Upon Sydneis Arcadia 217
  • 48 - Michael Drayton 219
  • 52 - Edmund Waller 227
  • 54 - Richard Lovelace 232
  • 62 - Charles Cotton 259
  • 63 - John Aubrey 260
  • 65 - Edward Phillips 264
  • 66 - Life of Spenser 265
  • 67 - D. Tyndale 266
  • 69 - Anthony Wood 268
  • 70 - ‘j.N.’ 270
  • 71 - D. Stanley 272
  • 72 - Elizabeth Montagu 275
  • 75 - Samuel Johnson 281
  • 76 - ‘philisides’ 283
  • 78 - The History of Argalus and Parthenia 287
  • 79 - The Gentleman’s Magazine 288
  • 80 - Richard Brinsley Sheridan 290
  • 84 - Thomas Zouch 296
  • 85 - The Annual Review and History of Literature for 1808 299
  • 87 - Sir Egerton Brydges 304
  • 89 - William Hazlitt 317
  • 94 - Henry Hallam 335
  • 95 - Isaac D’israeli 337
  • Select Bibliography 350
  • Index 353
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