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Philip Sidney
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Poet
    (November 30, 1554-October 17, 1586)
    Born in Kent, England, United Kingdom
    Poet, soldier and courtier
    Wrote 'The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia' (1580/published 1591), 'Astrophel and Stella (1581/published 1591) and 'The Defense of Poesy' (1581/published 1595)
    Died of a wound suffered during the Battle of Zutphen in the Netherlands
    He had to withdraw from court following an argument in which he challenged Edward de Vere to a duel. (Queen Elizabeth intevened to force them to call off the duel.)
    None of his major literary works were published until after his death.
    According to John Aubrey's 'Brief Lives,' he died not from his wound but from refusing to heed his physician's advice to 'forebear his carnal knowledge' of his wife until the injury healed.
    He was called 'the President of Nobles and of Chivalry' by Edmund Spenser.
    His poem 'Arcadia' inspired parts of Shakespeare's 'King Lear,' 'Hamlet' and 'The Winter's Tale.'
    After he was wounded, he handed his water bottle to a dying soldier, saying 'Thy need is greater than mine.'

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