A Defense of Puttenham's Arte of English Poesy
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AbstractRecent critical accounts of Puttenham's treatise have tended to focus on the political nature of its poetics, and have in turn read the text as an exercise in courtly dissembling, or in self-fashioning. My argument is that such readings misunderstand the pedagogical nature of Puttenham's text, which distinguishes it from Sidney's Defense of Poetry and Daniel's Defense of Rhyme (to which the Art has been compared unfavourably). In the first half of this article I provide a re-interpretation of Puttenham's conception of decorum, suggesting that it is not an inexplicable rule designed to keep poetry the property the courtly elite, but rather a appetite and an imperative motivating the writing of poetry. In the second half of the article I consider Puttenham's understanding of the nature of decorum in terms of the relationship between custom and the rule. I suggest that Puttenham conceptualises this relationship as one between the aural and visual properties of language; between the ear and the eye.
All Author(s) ListLamb J
Journal nameEnglish Literary Renaissance
Volume Number39
Issue Number1
PublisherWiley: 12 months
Pages24 - 46
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesArts & Humanities - Other Topics; Literature; Literature, British Isles; Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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