The Renaissance (~16th to mid 17th C) (context (Elizabethan Age ( 1558 -…
(~16th to mid 17th C)
1558 - 1603
1603 - 1625
Humanism; emphasis on reason and science; theocentric
from More to Milton
sonnets + drama
Thomas More -
framtale; book 1+2;
early Humanist work;
Sir Thomas Wyatt
- "Whoso List to Hunt" (~1550)
Wyatt introduces the sonnet to England with Surrey
iambic pentameter; abba abba cddc dd;
gives up on Anne Boelyn
"Like as a Huntsman" (late 16th C)
early sonnet; part of
3x4+2; iambic pentameter
deer returns; many contrast;
The Faerie Queene
(late 16th C)
allegorical parable (knight --> virtue)
Knight Sir Calidore --> Courtesy
Romeo & Juliet
A Midsummer Night's Dream
As You Like It
(beginning - mid 17th C)
George Herbert - "The Pulley"
the pulley = God's operation
"A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"
lovers = compass
"The Sun Rising"
bed = universe
(Jacobean Era/Late R)
Robert Herrick - "Delight in Disorder"
sonnet but doesn't follow the conventions
iconicity: sonnet is imperfect itself
Andrew Marvell - "To His Coy Mistress"
dramatic monologue; many metaphors; hedonistic;
carpe diem poem
John Milton -
last Renaissance poet; influence of Restoration
religious epic poem in blank verse
felix culpa; "to justify the ways of God to men"
Christopher Marlowe -
Elizabethean drama (~1600)
similiar to morality plays- allegories; didactic function