This week I have decided to compile a digital kit on Sir Phillip Sydney in order to further understand his position and contribution to the English Renaissance period.
General facts about Sydney
- Born 30 November 1554 – Died 17 October 1586
- English poet, soldier, and scholar
- His works: Astrophel and Stella, The Defence of Poesy and The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia.
- More information on Sydney can be found here in a Biography of Sydney explaining his relevant to this time period. Another fantastic source of information is found at Poetry Foundation.
- Considered one of the most influential English artists to introduce sonnets.
Here is a link to a spoken form of his famous sonnet, Astrophil and Stella. It is crucial to remember that these were written for oral presentation and so deliver a stronger impact to the listeners. This was his first sonnet and it is said that it was this that made sonnets a popular medium of the time.
I hope this blog filled with links to useful resources helps to assist others in understanding Sydney as a significant influence of this period. This blog can give you a taste of his wonderful work and point you in the right direction for future research that is communicated by videos, images, written work and audio. I hope this is as helpful to others as it was to me!
Image retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Sidney
Image 2 retrieved from: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=sir+philip+sidney%27&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj5gZ-x-IHUAhUEm5QKHcEaDnIQ_AUIBigB&biw=1366&bih=755#imgrc=TDZ3iRo-RKxkLM: