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16th-Century Clapback: The Manipulation of Poetic Devices in Sir Philip Sidney's "An Apology for Poetry"

posted on Jul 12, 2021
By Adeola P. Egbeyemi - Often thought to be a recent development of pop culture, writers have been using biting clapbacks in response to criticism since antiquity. This essay will explore how poet and scholar Sir Philip Sidney effectively manipulated poetic devices in An Apology For Poetry​ to respond to criticism about the usage of poetry for education. This will be done through a description of the devices found in what Sidney considered to be the key types of poetry: verse, philosophical poetry and biblical hymns. Then, the paper will reveal the presence of these devices in Apology itself. Finally, this paper will...

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