Sidney incorporates a number of Greek and Italian rules on fiction in his article. The heart of his argument is that poetry, by combining the vivacity of history with the ethical emphasis of philosophy, is more powerful than either history or philosophy in stirring up virtue in its readers. For this reason, he says, it should be included in any complete education of a gentleman.
Poetry is the soul of rhetoric, according to Aristotle. For this reason, we can say that Sidney's defense of poetry is also a defense of rhetoric as a whole. He argues that poetry is better suited than history or philosophy to influence people's behavior because it can both inform and entertain.
Furthermore, poetry has the advantage over history because it can offer something more than just facts. It can offer inspiration through beautiful language and can make us feel through rhythm and tone. This is why poetry is so effective in encouraging good morals and good manners.
Last, but not least, poetry has the power to move us even when the facts are known. This is why Sidney claims that poetry is necessary for anyone who wishes to understand society or improve themselves morally.
In conclusion, poetry is useful because of its ability to inform and entertain as well as inspire us. This makes it worth defending even if only as rhetoric tools employed by young gentlemen wishing to appear cultured and knowledgeable.
The following are some of the points Sidney raises in his treatise: Poetry was formerly highly respected, partially because it was one of the first ways people learnt and conveyed their learning. Many of history's most eminent thinkers have been poets or have advocated poetry. It is enjoyable, which makes it more attractive than other forms of learning at that time. It can improve your health by reducing stress and anxiety levels.
These things not only show that poetry has great potential benefit to society but also suggest why it is important for poetry to be valued and preserved for future generations.
Sidney concludes by saying that poetry is worthy of our greatest attention and should be honored with a special place in society.
In his Apology for Poetry, Philip Sidney responds to the puritan Stephen Gosson's attacks against poetry. Poetry, according to Sidney, is an art of imitation with a definite goal; it is mimicked to instruct and please. As such, it is valuable not only for its own sake but also because through it we learn about virtue and vice, love and hate.
Sidney goes on to say that poetry is "the most pleasant and useful of all inventions." It has the power to make us happy both now and in the afterlife by giving voice to our feelings and by teaching us morality.
Thus poetry is defined as a form of language use intended to teach or inform by expressing moral qualities or emotions.
Poetry is different from prose in many ways. Prose is written for factual information or instruction while poetry is written for entertainment or emotional release. Prose tends to be longer and contain more detailed information while poetry is usually short and simple. Prose is used to express ideas or concepts while poetry is used to convey emotion or sensitivity to tone.
Poets are responsible for creating all the words that appear in their poems. This includes proper nouns such as names of people, places, or things as well as common nouns such as love, death, and hope.
Sidney responds to "poet-haters'" objections of poetry, following the classical form from investigation to rebuttal. Sidney lays forth the four most significant complaints leveled against poetry: that it is a waste of time, that the poet is a liar, that it corrupts our morality, and that Plato exiled poets...
...because they were considered the worst kind of people, along with musicians and other artists who were not philosophers. Poets had the ability to move others through their words, which made them essential members of a city-state. In order to protect themselves against this influence, Plato proposed that they be excluded from society.
However, as we have seen, poetry is indeed useful for teaching moral lessons or making political points. Therefore, it cannot be banned entirely without causing more problems than it solves. Indeed, history has shown over and over again that freedom of speech is one of the most important factors in preventing further violence and chaos between nations.
In conclusion, poetry is not useless and should not be banned from society because it can also cause harm if used incorrectly. However, it can be beneficial for use in moderation.
Sidney also pays tribute to Aristotle. Nonetheless, he constructs his own concept of metaphoric language, one based on analogy via universal correspondences. John Donne's poetic works reflect Sidney's humanism poetics and his attempt to unify divergent extremes—to seek conciliation. Donne calls this "the marriage of opposites" and believes it is the only way to create beauty.
Donne was an English priest, poet, and academician who has been called "the father of modern poetry." He has been described as "the first great metaphysical poet" because of his use of metaphor and imagery to explore consciousness and spiritual experience.
Donne was born in 1572 in the town of Shrewsbury, England, the son of a wealthy merchant. He attended Cambridge University where he became friends with Henry Wotton, William Herbert, and George Chapman. He traveled abroad and spent several years in Venice where he met other poets and writers who were influential in shaping his ideas about poetry.
When he returned to England, Donne entered the church but soon left after becoming dissatisfied with its demands. He then moved to London where he enjoyed the social life of a man of wealth and prestige. But he was plagued by debts and guilt over abandoning his religious duties so he decided to travel back home to Shrewsbury where he could focus on writing and help support his family.
According to Horace, poetry is a blend of reality and fantasy that both informs and entertains the reader. "He who picks his subject correctly will discover that neither words nor lucid arrangement fail him," Horace observes, because "sound judgment is the root and wellspring of good writing."
In other words, you should pick a topic that is interesting and not already over-explored. Then use your understanding of how language works (grammar, diction) to create something new and exciting that expresses yourself and your subject clearly.
To start with, you need a theme or central idea around which you can build a poem. This could be as simple as "love" or "death", but it could also be more specific such as "fatherhood". The only rule is that it must be relevant to you or your readers. There are many great poems out there that have never been written before or since because their authors were afraid to take a chance. They didn't know what would happen if they wrote about something that wasn't familiar or not directly related to them. But these poets still found ways to express themselves through their subjects enough to keep writing until they reached success.
After you decide on a theme, the next step is to choose appropriate words and construct a sentence structure that will help you achieve your goal of informing and entertaining your reader at the same time.