Sidney in theory and practice
5 pages (1250 words)
or interpreted to mean the same thing, as in Jonson. "Poesie," writes Sidney, "therefore is an arte of imitation, for so Aristotle termeth it in his word Mimesis, that is to say, a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth: to speake metaphorically, a speaking picture." The word imitation does not simply mean "a copy." It means a suggested perfect copy as in the mind of the "seer." Poets in their frenzy are very close to the real and ethereal.