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Renaissance Literature

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Kolton Nation

on 18 November 2013

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Creativity and Exploration
The Renaissance was time where inventions flourished and the number of discoveries were countless. The Renaissance was time where inventions flourished and the number of discoveries were countless. The compass and Gutenberg’s printing press were great examples of helpful inventions during the renaissance period. The compass made it possible for ships to chart unmapped seas and changed the medieval perception of a small world. Gutenberg’s Printing Press made books accessible to the public. This creation made it feasible for England to become literate. The Renaissance graced the earth with inventions and amazing discoveries in early 1445 and left in 1660 forever changing the world.

Poems and Sonnets
Renaissance Literature
Renaissance
"Rebirth in Learning"
The Renaissance was a period of change after the Middle Ages between the 14th and 17th century. Whereas, during the Middle Ages the government controlled everything with the use of the religion, the Renaissance was a more liberal movement. Religion left the forefront of society and art, literature, and science replaced it.

Defeat of the Monarchy
The English Civil War made the Royalists (lead by King Charles I)against supporters of Parliament. The Navy sided with Parliament (which made continental aid difficult), and Charles lacked the resources to hire substantial mercenary help. The Puritan army defeated the Royalists in 1645 and the king surrendered in 1646.

The Renaissance
Worldview: 1445-1660
During the Middle Ages, the purpose of man kind for life on Earth was to prepare for the afterlife. The main focus was to be taught religion and the afterlife, so one could see that the types of people in that society would have been learned monks and knights. When the Renaissance Era rolled around, however, peoples views changed. People became curious about life on Earth instead of the afterlife. Now, the main purpose for man kind was not to prepare for the afterlife, but to develop ones potential and value. So now, the types of people in that society weren't learned monks or knights, but people who were well rounded with fully developed talents.
Defeat of the Monarchy
Sources
"What Is a Sonnet?"
About.com Shakespeare
. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.
14 lines-
All sonnets have 14 lines which can be broken down into four sections called quatrains.
Rhyme Scheme-
The rhyme scheme of a Shakespearean sonnet is ABAB / CDCD / EFEF / GG
Iambic Pentameter-
10 beats per line, alternating unstressed and stressed syllables
First quatrain
: Main Idea, 4 lines, ABAB
Second quatrain
: Theme, 4 lines, CDCD
Third quatrain
: close on the theme, 4 lines, EFEF
Fourth quatrain
: Conclusion, 2 lines, GG

During this time the Elizabethan court was a focus of poetic creativity. The members had to decipher the most highly polished, perfect poems for their audience which was the social circle that surrounded the queen. Sir Walter Raleigh and his contemporary Christopher Marlowe wrote poetry popular with Elizabeth's court: the pastoral. A pastoral is a poem that portrays shepherds and rustic life.
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