The English Renaissance in Literature Analytical Essay by Shaad

The English Renaissance in Literature
A look at the development of the individual literary voice through the innovations of Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Phillip Sidney and Christopher Marlowe.
# 128303 | 927 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | BD
Published by on Jul 11, 2010 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper traces the emergence of the individuated voice through poetry and literature as effected through the English renaissance. The paper considers how poets like Wyatt adopt metrical forms of poetry from the Italian renaissance and use it for idiosyncratic and individual expression. The paper also considers Sidney's seminal argument in "The Apology for Poetry" which promotes poetry as a moral vehicle for cultural advancement. Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" is also used for illustration.

From the Paper:

"The rhyme pattern of 'aabab' in iambic tetrameter is highly lyrical, and the lyricism is carried forward in successive stanzas by continuing the rhyme of the third and fifth line of every stanza. But more than the form it is the expressiveness that contributes most towards the lyricism. The tone is plaintively indignant, where the jilted lover is pouring scorn on the object of his love. The emotion is raw and personal, such as is felt in the lines: "Vengeance shall fall on thy disdain / That makest but game on earnest pain" (Ibid 99). The simplicity of the rhyme chimes perfectly with the simplicity of the passion, which goes to emphasize the lyrical quality. In many places Wyatt employs half rhymes; like in the opening two stanzas we have "last / waste" and "none / stone". The fact is that we hardly seem to notice, and this is due to the high degree of lyricism achieved throughout. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Marlowe, Christopher. Doctor Faustus and Other Plays. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Sidney, Philip. Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism. Ed. Gavin Alexander. New York: Penguin Classics, 2004.
  • Tillyard, E. M. W. The Poetry of Sir Thomas Wyatt. New York: READ BOOKS, 2007.

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