Even in the closest circles, Philip Sidney remained something of a riddle. Long before he died he was the subject of mythmaking, serving at once as “perfecte paterne of a Poet,” emblem of courtly aspiration and Protestant hero, a beloved and important figure who in reality appears sadly ineffectual and frustrated. These frustrations were the subject of chapter 1; how and why Sidney’s complicated example as poet flourished nonetheless is the subject of this one.
KeywordsYoung Brother Sibling Rivalry Family Circle Henry VIII English Verse
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