Shakespeare — An Unforgettable Literary Figure Shakespeare Shakespeare is an unforgettable literary figure and it is not exaggeration if we say that literature is nothing without him. Unfortunately very little is known about him, he is known for what he wrote.
In some countries, such as England, the literary Renaissance continued well into the following century.
This chapter will deal with some of the important currents and authors in French and English literature of the sixteenth century. Many poets and scholars welcomed the great cultural change they saw taking place. They spoke of a return of the Golden Age and of the coming of the light and the banishing of Gothic darkness; letters had returned from exile and had been restored to possession of their rights.
This restoration referred to the cultivation of the literature of classical antiquity, which was the chief influence on French literature in the sixteenth century. In this pursuit of the antique, the French were following the lead of Italy, and the Italian influence took its place alongside that of the ancients.
The French Renaissance felt strongly the effect of Plato and Petrarch. The Platonic influence is most readily apparent in the exalted conception of love, stemming from Ficino's circle, that can be found in much of the French prose and poetry of the period. It was the theme that we have encountered in Castiglione and Michelangelo a love for ideal beauty, above the deceptions of the senses and leading to the love of God.
Petrarch's impact on French literature is shown in the adoption of the sonnet form, introduced into French by Clment Marot, and in the type of love poetry that was written, in which the Italian poet's celebration of Laura served as a model for numerous other poetic lovers.
The Italian and Platonic influences first made themselves felt in the city of Lyon, whose most famous poet was Maurice Scve died c. Humanist and jurist, he became well known for his supposed and erroneous discovery in Avignon in of the tomb of Laura.
His poems, inspired by both Petrarchism and Platonism, had also an element of numeric symbolism reminiscent of both antiquity and the Middle Ages. Yet he is more than an imitator; his poetry speaks out of a depth of experience and feeling, and his technical skill is considerable. One of the most interesting writers of the reign of Francis I was Marguerite d'Angoulme, or Marguerite of NavarreFrancis's older sister and by her second marriage queen of Navarre.
She and her brother were deeply devoted to each other. At times in Francis's reign, his sister was called on to take an active part in state affairs and diplomatic negotiations. As queen of Navarre, she was required at times to govern that country during her husband's absences. We have already seen something of her importance in the current of religious reform that preceded the Reformation in France.
She was also a patron of literature. Marot was a protg of hers; and Rabelais, at the beginning of the third book of his great work, Gargantua and Pantagruel, addresses an appreciative poem to her spirit.
She was herself a writer of importance, chiefly because of her Heptamron. This collection of stories, which she worked on from to the end of her life, was modeled on the Decameron of Boccaccio.
Her plan was apparently to write one hundred stories. Between seventy and eighty are known to exist today, either because she did not finish the book or because some of the stories have been lost. The present title of the book was not given to it by the author. One constant theme of the stories is the contrast between true and false religion.
The false kind is represented particularly by the Franciscans, or Cordeliers, who appear frequently and who are normally treacherous, wicked, hypocritical, and lascivious. In one story, they are referred to as "these fine fathers who preach chastity to us and then want to take it away from our wives!
True religion, on the other hand, involves devotion to the reading of the Bible, where one finds "the true and perfect joy of the spirit, from which proceeds the repose and health of the body. In short, Marguerite's religious ideal is Erasmian.Alfred Lord Tennyson Regarded as a major Victorian poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, in Somersby, Lincolnshire in England.
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. englit 19th-century british literature 3 cr. Study of the major writers and cultural issues of 19th century Britain situated in relation to the social and intellectual developments of the time.
The Evolution of British Poetry Throughout the literary history of the Renaissance, a gradual but dramatic change in the poetic style of the time becomes apparent. From one contribution to another, the rebellion between the poetic styles is evident. • Reading–reinforces reading comprehension skills by teaching students comprehension techniques for literary fiction, poetry, and drama, including discussion of common literary devices; shows students how to analyze, evaluate, and • Writing about British History • Writing a Character Study 6.
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