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Further, these poets always considered the reader, because they always imagined quite clearly and practically for whom they were writing. Romantic poets believed that they were writing for mankind, that they were blowing trumpets to an earth which was unawakened. ) Elizabethan poets would have considered Wordsworth's intention absurd, and Shelley's ill-mannered. They wrote for people who wished to read their poetry, the Romantics for mankind, who did not. The Romantics seem often to have written with the naive illusion of adolescents who suppose that the world cares about the state of their souls : Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, And to be young was very heaven.

8 The Tradition of Patronage the literary traditions of Europe. The Elizabethans had the same scrupulous care for the finished work of art that had led the dying Virgil to beg his friends to burn the uncompleted Aeneid; Sidney himself asked that the Arcadia should be destroyed. The 'fragments' so plentifully scattered about the pages of the Romantic poets are not to be found in the works of the Renaissance. Still less would an Elizabethan have faked a fragment, as Keats did with Hyperion, or have published drafts of cantos.

The Ramist logic remained one of the chief intellectual interests of Sidney and his circle, so that, besides Fraunce, Gabriel Harvey and William Temple wrote on the subject. Thus de Banos' comment, made in 1576, that Sidney 'not only loved Ramus as a father when alive, but esteemed and reverenced him after death', remained true. We can see something of the courtesy of dedicating a book in the letters de Banos wrote to Sidney about this dedication, which are preserved in the British Museum. ) It was one of the earliest books dedicated to him, and though he was but twemy-one years of age, clearly he had strict views of the propriety of the matter.

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