Who is Sir Philip SidneySir Philip Sidney (30 November 1554 – 17 October 1586) was an English poet, courtier, scholar, and soldier, who is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan age. His works include Astrophel and Stella, The Defence of Poesy (also known as The Defence of Poetry or An Apology for Poetry), and The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia.
Early life Born at Penshurst Place, Kent, he was the eldest son of Sir Henry Sidney and Lady Mary Dudley. His mother was the eldest daughter of John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, and the sister of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester. His younger brother, Robert Sidney was a statesman and patron of the arts, and was created Earl of Leicester in 1618. His younger sister, Mary, married Henry Herbert, 2nd E...
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Sir Philip Sidney Poems
- Sonnet 101: Stella Is Sick
Stella is sick, and in that sickbed lies
Sweetness, which breathes and pants as oft as she:
And Grace, sick too, such fine conclusions tries
That Sickness brags itself best grac'd to be. ...
- Sonnet 102: Wher Be Those Roses Gone
Where be those roses gone, which sweeten'd so our eyes?
Where those red cheeks, which oft with fair increase did frame
The height of honor in the kindly badge of shame?
Who hath the crimson weeds stol'n from my morning skies? ...
- Sonnet Xi: In Truth, Oh Love
In truth, oh Love, with what a boyish kind
Thou doest proceed in thy most serious ways:
That when the heav'n to thee his best displays,
Yet of that best thou leav'st the best behind. ...
- Astrophel And Stella: Xcii
Be your words made, good sir, of Indian ware,
That you allow me them by so small rate?
Or do you cutted Spartans imitate?
Or do you mean my tender ears to spare, ...
- Sonnet 77: Those Looks, Whose Beams Be Joy
Those looks, whose beams be joy, whose motion is delight,
That face, whose lecture shows what perfect beauty is:
That presence, which doth give dark hearts a living light:
That grace, which Venus weeps that she herself doth miss: ...
Top 10 most used topics by Sir Philip SidneySonnet 122 I Love You 119 Love 119 Heart 91 Sweet 55 Nature 46 Face 45 Light 44 Place 43 Good 42
Sir Philip Sidney Quotes
- Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude.
- All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.
- But words came halting forth, wanting Inventions stay Invention, Natures child, fled step-dame Studys blows... Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite, Fool, said my Muse to me look in thy heart and write.
- In forming a judgment, lay your hearts void of foretaken opinions; else, whatsoever is done or said, will be measured by a wrong rule; like them who have jaundice, to whom everything appears yellow.
- No sword bites so fiercly as an evil tongue.
Comments about Sir Philip Sidney
- Savitri4ever: 27. sir philip sidney said of the criminal led out to be hanged, "there, but for the grace of god, goes sir philip sidney." wiser, had he said, "there, by the grace of god, goes sir philip sidney."
- Tinni_aphrodite: well times of misery brings out the best kind of poetry. well i'm not talking about edgar allan poe here for sure. well sir philip sidney for example (astrophel and stella is a superb sonnet sequence).
- Rhepstein1: i, that was once esteemed for pleasant music, am banished now among the monstrous mountains of huge despair, and foul affliction’s valleys; am grown a screech owl to myself each morning. --sir philip sidney, not, oddly enough, describing writer's block
- Danenbarger: a summary and analysis of sir philip sidney’s an apology for poetry
- Tbartscherer: “the old english balladist may stir sir philip sidney's heart like a trumpet, and this is much: but homer, likes the few artists in the grand style, can do more; they can refine the raw natural man, they can transmute him.” —arnold