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Sir Philip Sydney might be described as an "eclectic" critic because he applied critical and poetic ideas to Elizabethan poetry that sprang from Plato of the ancient Greeks; from Chaucer of the beginning of poetry in the English vernacular; from the French and Italian poets, Boccaccio and Petrarch, who so significantly influenced Chaucer and whose works Chaucer translated or borrowed, as he borrowed from Romaunt de la Rose; and from his contemporary poets, like Spenser (who was Sifdney's good friend).

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