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Primarily due to aesthetics and ideological concerns, Sidney and his contemporaries were anti-theatre. The rising middle class had money to enjoy entertainments such as theatre for which the upper class had contempt.
The plays themselves were considered poorly written because they did not follow traditional rules such as “unity of place” in drama and the manner in which the drama was conveyed. In other words, Sidney felt that the drama (plays) written by the “playwrights” were ruining good literature. He believed that the poet/authors should follow the “laws of poesy,” which he and others had established.
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