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32 Sidney supplied “strings,” though not insuperable impediments, in presenting his highly artful works as triﬂes. At the opposite end of the spectrum from Quitslund, Mazzola reads Spenser’s Muiopotmos (1590) as “an allegory of the life and death of Sidney,” esteeming it a better elegy than Astrophel because it alone “seems subversive enough to do his failed model’s memory justice,” as an otherwise exhausted 16 SIR PHILIP SIDNEY, CULTURAL ICON subject: “What else can be said about a thirty-one-year-old poet who died?
But Jonson could write admiringly of her as if she were a writer (either 34 SIR PHILIP SIDNEY, CULTURAL ICON potentially, or on the basis of promising apprentice work), as he does in his unﬁnished Epistle, To Elizabeth Countesse of Rutland (ca. 1600), exclaiming: what a sinne ’gainst your great fathers spirit, Were it to thinke, that you should not inherit His love unto the Muses, when his skill Almost you have, or may have, when you will? (8: 31–34) By further contrast, Conversations simply maintains, “The Countess of R¯utland was nothing inferior to her Father S.
Arts” but every ideological current feeding “circuitously but surely” into the Civil Wars. The “Well lettred Warriour,” so valued by Peele for standing fast with Essex “To keepe the grim Wolfe from Elizaes gate,” therefore loses his identity as an important but not dominant conception of Sidney entertained during the Elizabethan period. He becomes absorbed and replaced by a “militant” embodiment of “extremism” primarily focused on domestic policies—insofar as his presumed future comrades could only assimilate his agenda by engaging in internecine conﬂict, “warfare” not yet “open” during his lifetime.