In Defence of Poesie by Sidney compare poets vs. historians.

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Sidney goes to great lengths in order to show the superiority of poets over historians. Historians, he argues, are inferior to poets because they are "better acquainted with a thousand years ago than with the present age" and his greatest authorities, apparently, are based on mere "hearsay." In addition, the historian is bound to the truth, which means that they are not able to use their art and skill to teach morals in the same way that a poet can. Bearing in mind that Sidney...

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