chapter  III
The Theory of Imitation from Sidney to Jonson
Pages 60

IN THE th i rd decade of Elizabeth's reign a spell of silence seems to be l i f ted: English literature suddenly becomes not merely articulate but comparatively loquacious about its own processes. Five considerable treatises on literary theory were wri t ten wi th in a few years, and each of them has a good deal to say about imitation and originality.