ISBN : 9780199538416
This authoritative edition was originally published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Sidney's poetry and prose - all the major writing, complemented by letters and elegies - to give the essence of his work and thinking.
Born in 1554, Sir Philip Sidney was hailed as the perfect Renaissance patron, soldier, lover, and courtier, but it was only after his untimely death at the age of 31 that his literary accomplishments were truly recognized. This collection ranges more widely through Sidney's works than any previous volume and includes substantial parts of both versions of the Arcadia, The Defence of Poesy and the whole of the sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella. Supplementary texts, such as his letters and the numerous elegies which appeared after his death, help to illustrate the whole spectrum of his achievements, and the admiration he inspired in his contemporaries.
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Note on the Text
A dialogue between two shepherds, uttered in a pastoral show at Wilton
Two songs for an Accession Day Tilt
'Philisides, the shepherd good and true'
'Sing, neighbours, sing; hear you not say'
THE LADY OF MAY
'The lad Philisides'
THE OLD ARCADIA
The First Eclogues
The Second Eclogues
The Third Eclogues
The Fourth Eclogues
'What tongue can her perfections tell'
'Since nature's works be good, and death doth serve'
ASTROPHIL AND STELLA
THE DEFENCE OF POESY
THE NEW ARCADDIA
'The pitiful story of the Paphlagonian unkind king'
'The Iberian jousts'
'Temptations to love and marriage'
'The aunt's atheism refuted by the niece's divinity'
To Sir William Cecil, 26 February 1569
To Hubert Languet, 4 February 1574
To the Count of Hanau, 12 June 1575
To the Earl of Sussex, 16 December 1577
To Hubert Languet, 1 March 1578
To Edmund Molyneux, 31 May 1578
To Robert Sidney [undated]
To Edward Denny, 22 May 1580
To the Earl of Leicester, 2 August 1580
To Robert Sidney, 18 October 1580
To William Temple, 23 May 1584
To Sir Francs Walsingham, 24 March 1586
To Justus Lipsus, 14 September 1586
To Sir Franscis Walsingham, 22 September 1586
To Johan Wyer, 16 October 1586
A. Henry Goldwell, A brief declaration of the shows performed before the Queen's Majesty and the French ambassadors, 1581
B. Edmund Molyneux, 'A historical rememberance of the Sidneys'
C. Anon, 'The manner of Sir Philip Sidney's death'
D. Three elegies on Sidney from The Phoenix Net, 1593-
E. Extract from Fulke Greville, The Life of Sir Philip Sidney, 1633-
Index of First Lines