Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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theeves’, and verily ‘sleep’, ‘life’, ‘trust’, are common English wordes, yet it is not a common fashion of speech to say, ‘trust a sleeping life amongst theeves’; in the same sence, ‘when they had slept awhile’ is ordynary: but ‘when they had a while hearkened to the perswasion of sleepe’ is extraordynarie; though all the wordes of it by themselves, are most knowne & familliar, yet the bringing in and fetch of it is strange and admyrable to the ignorant, we therefore call it Periphrasis, or circumlocution, & it is much helped by metaphores as before, ‘inclyned to sleepe’ is expressed by a metaphore taken from an Orator, whoe moves & inclynes by perswasion, & to be so moved it is ‘to hearken’. In this sort Sir P.S. being to speake his usuall meanings yet notwithstanding shunned usuall phrases as, for ‘it is absurd, in my conceit’ saith hee: ‘it hath a great incongruitie’. But let us have one boute more with (our adversary) sleepe. For ‘having risen early’, he saith ‘having stryven with the sunnes earlynes’, instead of, ‘Mopsa wept illfavourdly’, ‘Mopsa disgraced weeping with her countenaunce’; instead of saying, ‘they that guarded Amphialus, were killed themselves’, it is said, ‘seeking to save him, they lost their fortresses which nature placed them in’, instead of ‘Plangus speech began to bee suspected’ it is said ‘Plangus speech began to be translated into the language of suspicion’, & this of purpose did he write to keepe his style from basenes as, being to name ‘a thresher’ he called him ‘one of Ceres servants’, instead of ‘his name was knowne to high and lowe’, he saith that ‘noe Prince could pretend height nor beggar lownesse to barr him from the sounds thereof’. For ‘old and yonge malecontents’, hee saith ‘such whome youthfull age or youthfull myndes had filled with unlymitted desires’, & this is by going a Concreto ad abstraction, and divers other wayes.


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Brian Twyne

c. 1600?

Twyne (?1579-1644), who spent most of his life in Oxford following matriculation in 1594, was ‘the earliest and most indefatigable of Oxford antiquaries’ (DNB). The sizeable

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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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