Lecture Two. THE English Renaissance: Shakespeare and the sonnet A Vocabulary for Poetry. The English Renaissance: 16-17 th c. A ‘rebirth’ of culture after the devastations of the Black Death The development of the printing press 1450 by Gutenberg
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THE English Renaissance: Shakespeare and the sonnet
A Vocabulary for Poetry
Poets, Playwrights, Philosophers:
Edmund Spencer The Faerie Queen
Christopher Marlowe Dr Faustus
John Webster The Duchess of Malfi
Thomas More Utopia
Poet, essayist, satirist,
cleric in Church of England
Metaphysical poet and politician
‘To His Coy Mistriss’
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Romances: Romeo and Juliet,
Comedies: Twelfth Night, As
You Like It
Tragedies: Macbeth, King Lear
Histories: Henry IV, Richard II
Themes of love, fear of mortality, urging of procreation, beauty
Wrote 154 sonnets, published in 1609
Comprised of 3 quatrians (group of 4 lines) plus a rhyming couplet - 14 lines.
Contains a ‘volta’ or turn, usually at the end of the 3rd quatrain where poem begins to move towards resolve
Rhyming scheme: ababcdcdefefgg
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.