Sidney's An Apology for Poetry is a major critical document in the English language. It has a profound and far-reaching impact in literary criticism in England. It is, therefore, in the fitness of things that it is now prescribed for detailed study in most of the universities of the country.
During recent years, standards of English had rapidly gone down in India. It has become increasingly clear that, if English literature is to survive in this country, English classics must be introduced to students in Indian universities in an easy, popular form. The present study is, therefore, designed to fulfil this need. A glance at the contents will suffice to bring out its usefulness not only for the examinees, but also for the general reader.