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Puttenham, George . The Arte of English Poesie
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THE FIRST BOOKE, Of Poets and Poesie.
What poet and Poesie is, and who may be worthily sayd the most excellent Poet of our time.
That there may be an Art of our English Poesie, as well as there is of the Latine and Greeke.
How Poets were the first priests, the first prophets, the first Legislators and politicians in the world.
How the Poets were the first Philosophers, the first Astronomers and Historiographers and Oratours and Musitiens of the world.
How the wilde and sauage people used a naturall Poesie in versicle and rime as our vulgar is.
How the riming Poesie came first to the Grecians and Latines, and had altered and almost spilt their maner of Poesie.
How in the time of Charlemaine and many yeares after him the Latine Poetes wrote in ryme.
In what reputation Poesie and Poets were in old time with Princes and otherwise generally, and how they be now become contemptible and for what causes.
How Poesie should not be imployed upon vayne conceits or vicious or infamous.