Sidney’s Apology for Poetry

“Only the poet, disdaining to be tied to any such subjection, lifted up with the vigor of his own invention, doth grow in effect another nature, in making things either better than nature bringeth forth, or quite anew, forms such as never were in nature.

..he goeth hand in hand with nature, not enclosed within the narrow warrant of her gifts, but freely ranging only within the zodiac of his own wit.”

poet is unique in respect of standing outside of natureothers bound by limits of naturewhy poets are valuable

“freely ranging only within the zodiac of his own wit”
poet not constrained by limits of naturepoet can create things not in nature with imagination

Phillip Sidney
b. 1554 d.

1586important courtier to QE1author of famous sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella which influenced Shakespeare