10-13, Spenser and Sidney

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10-13, Faerie Queen Bk. II English Notes Spenser similarities to Archimago, artist figures in Faerie Queene Chrage given in Plato’s replublic that poetry is bad for state, corrupts, is essentially lies, etc. So “Apology for poetry” or “Defense of poetry”, Sidney makes case for ethical force of poetry; can teach through delighting Similarly, Spenser’s FQ is a sort of teach via delighting Must show that poetry is unique, special, not just a lesser philosophy or history; poetry, rather than just using the natural world, as a scientist might, but with more Indeed, poet creates his own another nature For example, Chimera or Unicorn, never in nature, appear in poems Poet does not compete with nature, but goes hand-in-hand with nature Essentially, poetry is analogy Art imitates life, ideal > reality, etc., etc. In order for the world to be restored to a world of gold (recall greek creation myth), we need poetry, since only poetry can create perfect, golden worlds.
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