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Elizabethan Poetry: An Anthology

Paperback - 01 January 2005
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The relative peace and prosperity of the Elizabethan age (1558-1603) fostered the growth of one of the most fruitful eras in literary history. Lyric poetry, prose, and drama flourished in sixteenth-century England in works that blended medieval traditions with Renaissance optimism.
This anthology celebrates the wit and imaginative creativity of the Elizabethan poets with a generous selection of their graceful and sophisticated verse. Highlights include sonnets from Astrophel and Stella, written by Sir Philip Sidney -- a scholar, poet, critic, courtier, diplomat, soldier, and ideal English Renaissance man; poems by Edmund Spenser, whose works combined romance with allegory, adventure, and morality; and sonnets by William Shakespeare, whose towering poetic genius transcends the ages. Other celebrated contributors include John Donne (Go, and catch a fallen star), Ben Jonson (Drink to me only with thine eyes), and Christopher Marlowe (The Passionate Shepherd to His Love). The poetry of lesser-known figures such as Michael Drayton, Samuel Daniel, and Fulke Greville appears here, along with verses by individuals better known in other fields -- Francis Bacon, Queen Elizabeth I, and Walter Raleigh -- whose poems offer valuable insights into the spirit of the age.

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