Impact on Literature During the Renaissance
The literal translation of Renaissance is rebirth. This was known to be the period of rebirth after the hard times of the dark ages. Historians state numerous factors impact the literature of the Renaissance, but humanism is the common theme. This article agrees with that and describes how this meant that people were finally gaining hope and seeing improvement in their lives during this time. Other things in Europe like religion, politics, and rise in cities also had impact. Other things such as artwork, the invention of the printing press, and great literature all helped form the Renaissance period.
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For the literature nerds like myself, here are a couple links of some good sites to visit. These sites offer you access to literary journals on Renaissance literature, and access to discoveries made about the time period.
This is a 5 minute video clip on Fransisco Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca). He was a great poet and contributor to the great works produced in the Renaissance era. It even goes on to say how he was a great influence on Shakespeare, and often called “the father of humanism.” It is filled with interesting facts about his life, and gives a glimpse into what his life was like.
Quotes and More About William Shakespeare
This is a link to a page that has a few interesting facts about William Shakespeare. It also contains 21 of his famous quotes. William Shakespeare and his work are still popular and widely celebrated. On April 23rd, every year, myself, and thousands of others around the world celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday by partaking in World Book Night (http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/). Shakespeare’s work is some of the most important work that came out of the Renaissance period, for it is still read and respected today; most every writer dreams of the same fate.
The Merchant of Venice is a play written by William Shakespeare during the Renaissance. It is filled with love, drama, and suspense. The greatest suspense for one of the characters is the pending question of whether he will be relieved of one pound of his flesh as a means of repaying a debt. In the end the character does not have to part with his flesh after given trial. Though the outcome of the play does illustrate the way politics and religion were during this time. The loser of the trial, Shylock, is ordered to convert to Christianity and to leave an inheritance to his daughter even though she ran away with a man. There is several prejudices made throughout the play, aimed at Shylock simply due to his religion. Thus, one can argue that Judaism was frowned up during the Renaissance, and Christianity was viewed as the religion of the better man.
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This video is a 14 minute clip from the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. It is helpful to hear the way the words were spoken for people who are not that familiar with Shakespeare’s work, or literature from this time period.
Sir Thomas Wyatt
This is a link to the poetry foundation page where they have a short biography on Sir Thomas Wyatt. Sir Thomas Wyatt was a poet who contributed much to the works that born from the Renaissance time period. This site is a very useful tool in getting to know more about Sir Thomas Wyatt. You can even find links to his collective work, as well as pod casts of others reading his poetry.