Sir Philip Sidney Defence of Poetry

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Defence of Poetry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1787 Excerpt: ... one or two examples of Tragi-comedies, as Plautus hath Amphytrio. But if we mark them well, we shall find, that they never, or very daintily, match born-pipes and funerals. So falleth it out, that having, indeed, no right comedy in that comical part of our tragedy, we have nothing but scurrility, unworthy of any chaste ears; or some extreme shew of doltishness, indeed, fit to lift.up a loud laughter, and nothing else: where the whole tract of a comedy mould be full of delight; as the tragedy mould be still maintained in a well-raised admiration.; But our comedians think there is no delight without laughter, which is very wrong; for though laughter may come with delight, yet cometh it not of delight, as though delight ihould be the cause of laughter; but well may one thing breed two together. Nay, in themselves, they have, as it were, a kind of contrariety. For delight we scarcely do, but in things that have a conveniency to ourselves, or to the general nature. Laughter, almost ever cometh of things most disproportioned to ourselves and nature: Delight hath a joy in it either permanent or present: Laughter hath only a scornful tickling. For example; We are ravished with v., delight delight to fee a fair woman, and yet are farfrom-"being-moved to laughter:"We laugh ati deformed creatures, wherein, certainly, we c'dnnot,delight: We delight in good chances:' We laugh at mischances: We delight to hear the happiness of our friends and country, at wrjich he were worthy to be laughed at, that would laugh: We shall, contrarily, sometimes laugh to find a matter quite mistaken, and go down the hill against the bias; in the mouth of some such men, as for the respect of them one shall be iiieartily sorry, he cannot chuse but laugh, and so is rather pained tha...

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