1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:152.



Sir Philip Sidny, the Glory of the English Nation in his time, and Pattern of true Nobility, as equally addicted both to Arts and Arms, though more fortunate in the first; for accompanying his Uncle the Earl of Leicester, sent by Queen Elizabeth to the Low Countries, he was there unfortunately slain: He was the great English Mecaenas of Vertue, Learning and Ingenuity, though in his own Writings chiefly if not wholy Poetical; his Arcadia being a Poem in solute Oration, and his Astrophil and Stella, with other things in Verse, having, if I mistake not, a greater Spirit of Poetry, then to be altogether disesteem'd.