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Let's Sing about the Problems of an Amazon Prince

According to Sir Philip Sidney, ethical action results from training the wit (reason) to understand what is good and the will (emotions) to crave it. His The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, explores the problems caused when Prince Pyrocles is faced with a situation in which there is no rational way to satisfy his perfectly acceptable love for the Princess Philoclea. Sidney uses the romance convention of overheard song to discuss complex interactions between the demands of reason and emotion.