Elizabethan Literature

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Last updated: May 14, 2019
What was the English Renaissance famous for?
literature and music (not so much art)

When did Elizabeth I rule?
1558-1603

What are the 3 major types of literature?
lyric, narrative, and dramatic

What is lyric poetry?
“poetry which records the emotions and personal meditations of a speaker”; emotional/thoughts not narrative; often sonnets

What was the most popular form of lyric poetry during the 1590s?
sonnets

What is a sonnet?
“a 14-line poem dealing with a single subject, most often, love”

Who was Sir Philip Sidney?
1554-1586; most influential of all English sonnet writers; the ideal courtier; great writer, Protestant, soldier

What was Sidney’s sonnet sequence titled?
Astrophil and Stella (1591)

What was Michael Drayton’s sonnet sequence called?
Idea (1590s, 1619)

When was Shakespeare’s Sonnets published, and how many were included?
in 1609, 154 included

What did Shakespeare write sonnets about?
love, friendship, aging, lying, lust, etc.

What is narrative literature?
“literature that tells a story”

What is the most famous example from 16th century England of narrative literature?
The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

What is The Faerie Queene?
by Edmund Spenser; fragmentary, allegorical, romantic epic; only 6.5 of 13 books written

How is The Faerie Queene romantic?
tale of a kinight on a quest

How is The Faerie Queen allegorical?
Red Cross Knight represents Holiness or maybe a Christian seeking Holiness

What is the Spenserian stanza?
9-line stanza; 8 lines of iambic pentameter (10 syllables) and then 9th line is iambic hexameter (12 syllables)

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