1598 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Philip Sidney

Francis Meres, in Palladis Tamia (1598); ed. Allen (1933) 73-74.



As Xenophon, who did imitate so excellently, as to give us effigiem iusti imperii, the portraiture of a just Empyre under the name of Cyrus (as Cicero saieth of him) made therein an absolute historicall Poem; and as Heliodorus writ in prose his sugared inuetio of that picture of Love in Theagines and Cariclea, and yet both excellent admired Poets: So Sir Philip Sidney write his immortal Poem, The Countesse of Pembrookes Arcadia, in Prose, and yet our rarest Poet.