Sidney's Poet-Reader Dialectic: Theory and Practice

Payne, Paula Harms
January 2004
Search for Meaning: Critical Essays on Early Modern Literature;2004, p23
Literary Criticism
The article focuses on the dialectic theory of Philip Sidney as depicted in his sonnet sequence Astrophil an Stella. According to Sidney's poet-reader dialectic, poetry is a process of invention that links the poet with the reader mentally, with the former opening the latter's mind to the beauties of poetry. Thus, the poet-reader dialectic is a theory of communication that is developed through poetry and its persuasive speaking actions.


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