The Renaissance And Romanticism During The 19th Century

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The Renaissance and Romanticism were periods of history in which literature changed the mindset of the people. The Renaissance occurred in Britain during the late fifteenth century to the early seventeenth century, and was a response to the Medieval Age. There was a spike in learning during the Renaissance, because of the invention of the printing press and the return of classical Greek and Roman literature. The Romantic period occurred during the late eighteenth century, as a response to the Enlightenment. The Romantics believed in the importance of the imagination and turned away from logical thinking. The Renaissance and the Romantic periods are similar, because they focus on individuality and occur as a rebellion to the previous…show more content…
During the Renaissance, many believed they were making a leap towards perfection(…). This idea of perfection came from the Greek search for excellence (page 4, PDF). Some major figures in British literature during this time period were William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Donne, and Ben Johnson(…). William Shakespeare had a large influence on literature(…). He was considered one of the greatest and most famous poets of his time(…). John Milton was a major figure during the Renaissance(…). He was also considered one of the greatest poets of the English language(…). His most popular work is Paradise Lost, about? which he wrote during the Renaissance(…). Ben Johnson is known for writing satires(…). His most famous works are Volpone, “On My First Son”, and “Song: To Celia” (…). “On My First Son” was written after the tragic death of his 7-year-old son(…). The major works produced during this time are Paradise Lost by John Milton, The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and the translation of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey(…). The Romantic period began during the late eighteenth century and continued until the mid nineteenth century(…). It began in England and Germany, which some scholars find odd, because neither country spoke a romantic language (public.wsu). William Wordsworth and Samuel
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