The Model of Poesy

The Model of Poesy (1599), by William Scott, is a Renaissance-era, English literary treatise about the art of poetry, which presents a theoretical description of what is poetry, and practical guidelines about how to write well. Proceeding from An Apology for Poetry (1595), by Philip Sidney, The Model of Poesy develops Scott’s poetics in the classical and continental traditions, using examples from Geoffrey Chaucer and Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare and quotations from Scott’s partial, English translation of the French La Sepmaine (1578), by Guillaume de Salluste du Bartas.


The Model of Poesy (1599), by William Scott, is a Renaissance-era, English literary treatise about the art of poetry, which presents a theoretical description of what is poetry, and practical guidelines about how to write well. Proceeding from An Apology for Poetry (1595), by Philip Sidney, The Model of Poesy develops Scott’s poetics in the classical and continental traditions, using examples from Geoffrey Chaucer and Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare and quotations from Scott’s partial, English translation of the French La Sepmaine (1578), by Guillaume de Salluste du Bartas.
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