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The British Renaissance
The British Renaissance
The British Renaissance
The British Renaissance
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The British Renaissance


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  • 1. The English Renaissance
    The REBIRTH of Classical Knowledge
  • 2. Life is GOOD!
    • Human beings and nature as the results of natural law rather than occult powers
    • 3. Focus on afterlife switches to focus on the Here and Now.
    Discovery of New World and International Travel
    Invention of the printing press
    Rise of Democracy and Nationalism
    Revitalized interest in education and the founding of Universities
    Patronage of the arts
  • 4. Rediscovery of the classics
    Took classical Greek and Roman writing as an example
    Classic writings show mankind as glorious individuals capable ofgreatness
    the opposite of what church taught at the time
  • 5. Sonnet
    A poem of fourteen lines.
    Renaissance sonnets often dealt with love from afar.
    A group of sonnets on the same subject are called a sonnet cycleor sequence.
    There are two popular types:
  • 6. Sonnet
    Italian or Petrarchan:
    Divided into an Octave and a Sestet (8 and 6 lines)
    Rhyme scheme of abbaabba cdecde
  • 7. Sonnet
    Shakespearean or English:
    Four divisions- three quatrains and a rhymed concluding couplet
    Typical rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef gg
    Spenser sometimes combined the types with what is called a Spenserian Sonnet (very rare)
  • 8. Sir Philip Sidney
    Son of a respected statesman, but carried himself with extreme modesty
    A courtier, soldier, scholar and poet
    Respected for his intelligence & good judgment at the royal court
    Most famous work was Astrophel and Stella, England’s first great sonnet sequence
    Was engaged to Penelope Devereux, but eventually it was broken off. She is the basis of Stella
    Also wrote Defence of Poesy, a defense of literature when it was attacked by the puritans
    Was killed in battle, died very nobly
  • 9. Christopher Marlowe
    Son of middle class shoemaker, went to Cambridge on a scholarship.
    possibly an atheist, highly unorthodox for the time
    Popularized BLANK VERSE
    possibly a spy for Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Service
    murdered in a bar fight. May have been political assassination.
    Famous works: The Tragical History of the life and Death of Doctor Faustus, the pastoral poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”
    Was a major influence on the work of Shakespeare.