Sidney's Defense of Poesie
4. Sidney's Sonnet 5 (in Astrophel and Stella):
a. Do you see Neo-Platonic ideas here?
b. How is this a sonnet about reason?
i. Beauty and virtue
iii. Ladder of love
i. First point:
ii. Second point:
iii. Third point:
i. Objection #1 and reply.
ii. Objection #2 and reply.
iii. Objection #3 and reply.
iv. Objection #4 and reply.
i. In what way is the poet God-like?
ii. What is the point of mentioning Adam?
iii. Does Sidney believe that poetry can perfect human beings?
i. exordium (entrance or beginning)
ii. narratio (narration—states the facts)
iii. propositio (proposition/definition)
iv. partitio (division—types of poetry)
v. confirmatio (confirmation—poetry and her rivals: history and philosophy)
vi. reprehensio (confutation—objections to poetry)
vii. digression (on native English poets)
viii. peroratio (conclusion)