Early Modern Short Verse (Renaissance Period)

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In reading the shorter poems of Petrarch, Shakespeare, Donne, and Elizabeth I, what similarities do you see in their various works? Are there any critical differences in approach or by author? Be sure to provide quotes from the relevant poems to illustrate and prove your points, followed by citations in MLA format. Be accurate. Sources must be attributed and included.


Response should be at least 300 words. Use correct grammar and spellcheck. You must include at least 2 verified citations. More citations would be better but 2 citations are the minimum.

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Renaissance Poetry
The poetry of Renaissance handles diverse subjects but has several characteristics which
can be said to be common among many poets. The first observation is that most of the poems
had a spiritual approach. For instance, John Donne’s Death, Be Not Proud is a holy sonnet and it
focuses on the afterlife. While Donne wrote about death and living eternally, Petrarch also wrote
about his faith and love for God in his poem I Go Weeping for my Past Time. He explained his
urge to be reconnected with spirituality by stating: “You who see my shameful and impious sins,
King of Heaven, invisible, immortal” (Petrarch, Lines 5-6). Therefore, the approach of mos...

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