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Sir Philip Sidney

How does Sidney prove the superiority of poetry over history and philosophy?

The moral philosopher, according to Sir Philip Sydney considers poetry to be the superior teacher because it denotes both vices and virtues. The historian takes the view that he is able to go back and use concrete examples from history examples from history, these examples are less true and the philosophers give only the theoretical ideas, so there are significant disadvantages in both philosophy and history but poetry teaches us only virtue and gives delight so in this sense poetry is superior to history and philosophy. Poetry is the best source of education.

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