The Renaissance 14 th – 17 th Century. The Renaissance was a period of literature originating in Italy in the 14 th century. Renaissance is a French word that means “rebirth.” Historians consider the Renaissance to be the beginning of modern history.
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The Renaissance was a period of literature originating in Italy in the 14th century.
Accession of Henry VII
Accession of Henry VIII
What was happening in England.
Accession of Elizabeth I
Defeat of Spanish Armada
Death of Elizabeth I
The faerie queene
Astrophel and Stella
Not only did these three poets write about religion, but they were all metaphysical poets as well.
Metaphysical poems are/were usually new sciences and consisted of unusual comparisons and far-fetched similes and metaphors.
Samuel Johnson, who was also the first to group these poets together as ‘metaphysical poets’ claimed that "they were not successful in representing or moving the affections“ however their work was almost always intellectually stimulating.
In the eyes of John Donne, the flea having taken blood from both him and his lover meant that he and his lover had effectively made love.