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The Elizabethan Sonnet: Sidney and Shakespeare

  • John Garrett

Abstract

By the latter part of the 16th century the vocabulary and pronunciation of the English language had become more or less stabilised into something resembling English spoken today. This stabilisation coincides with what is more generally known as the Renaissance: the ‘rebirth’ of European man’s awareness of his classical heritage from Greece and Rome and the resurgence of his questing spirit towards exploration and the acquisition of further knowledge in all fields. With the Renaissance came a new consciousness of the English language and a new confidence in its use as a medium for poetic expression, which found its richest and most sublime realisation in the works of Shakespeare. One of the new forms in which English poetry– including Shakespeare’s – blossomed was the sonnet.

Keywords

Sixteenth Century Main Clause Heavenly Body BRITISH Poetry Questing Spirit 
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© John Garrett 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Garrett
    • 1
  1. 1.University of QatarQatar

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