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Philip Sidney

Fecha de nacimiento: 30. Noviembre 1554
Fecha de muerte: 17. Octubre 1586


Philip Sidney fue una de las figuras más prominentes de la época isabelina inglesa y modelo de hombre renacentista, famoso en su día en Inglaterra como escritor, cortesano y militar, introdujo el soneto en la literatura inglesa, así como también otras corrientes renacentistas, tanto mediante traducciones como a través de su propia obra, que luego serían utilizadas por autores como Shakespeare.[1]​

Se le conoce principalmente por ser el autor de Astrophil and Stella y su ensayo, The Defence of Poesy , en el que expone su pensamiento sobre la creación literaria. Su otra obra conocida es The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia .

Frases Philip Sidney

„Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:
"Fool!" said my muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.“

— Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella
Context: .... But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's stay, Invention, Nature's child, fled step-dame Study's blows, And others' feet still seemed but strangers in my way. Thus great with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: "Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart and write." Sonnet 1,Concluding couplet from Loving in truth,and fain in verse my love to show Compare: "Look, then, into thine heart and write", Henry W. Longfellow, Voices of the Night, Prelude.


„High-erected thoughts seated in the heart of courtesy.“

— Philip Sidney
Book 1. Compare: "Great thoughts come from the heart", Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues, Maxim cxxvii.

„Thy necessity is yet greater than mine“

— Philip Sidney
Allegedly spoken after the Battle of Zutphen, when offering water to an injured peer, though himself gravely wounded.

„And thou my minde aspire to higher things;
Grow rich in that which never taketh rust.“

— Philip Sidney
Sidney, Sonnet. Leave me, O Love. Quote reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 419-23.


„As in geometry, the oblique must be known, as well as the right; and in arithmetic, the odd as well as the even; so in actions of life, who seeth not the filthiness of evil, wanteth a great foil to perceive the beauty of virtue.“

— Philip Sidney
[;view=1up;seq=53 Aphorisms of Sir Philip Sidney; with remarks, by Miss Porter (1807), p. 23. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme]


„In the sweetly constituted mind of Sir Philip Sidney, it seems as if no ugly thought or unhandsome meditation could find a harbour. He turned all that he touched into images of honour and virtue.“

— Philip Sidney
Charles Lamb "Characters of Dramatic Writers, Contemporary with Shakspeare", in Thomas Hutchinson (ed.) The Works in Prose and Verse of Charles and Mary Lamb (1908) vol. 1, p. 70.

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