ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

(1554-1586)


Sir Philip Sidney was the dedicatee of Shepheardes Calender and the subject of Spenser's elegy, Astrophel. He was born at Penshurst, Kent, and educated at Shrewsbury School (1564-68), Christ Church Oxford (where he was a contemporary of Sir Walter Raleigh), and Gray's Inn (1568). Sidney traveled on the Continent (1572-75) where he witnessed the St. Bartholmew's Day Massacre in Paris. A stout supporter of the Protestant cause, Sidney was a prominent figure at court, and member of Parliament for Kent (1584-85). He was fatally wounded at the battle of Zutphen, 22 September 1586.


TEXT RECORDS:

1581 ca.The Defence of Poesie.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia. 1590.
Syr P. S. his Astrophel and Stella. 1591.
The defence of poesie. 1595.
Sir Philip Sidney's Defense of poetry, ed. Joseph Warton. 1787.
The Defense of poetry. 1810.
Miscellaneous works, ed. William Gray. 1829.
Complete works, ed. A. Feuillerat. 4 vols, 1912-26.
Poems, ed. William A. Ringler. 1962.
Old Arcadia, ed. Jean Robertston. 1973.
Miscellaneous prose, ed. K. Duncan-Jones and J. van Dorsten. 1972.