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Sir Philip Sidney

Critically examine Sydney’s views on the antiquity and universality of poetry.

Sir Philip Sydney is regarded as the fore-father in the field of English literature. He is the first critic of English literature. In his time poetry faced a serious crisis because of the conflict of the puritans. Many of the churchmen were against of poetry. One of the puritans, Stephen Gosson, contempt poetry and describes it as the enemies of virtues. In such a condition, Sydney came forward to salvage poetry from its drowning condition. He makes arguments to prove the universality of poetry in his famous work An Apology for Poetry.

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