A New Wave Of Writers Like Thomas Wyatt, Sidney, And Shakespeare

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Behind the Masks During the English Renaissance, a new wave of writers—Like Thomas Wyatt, Philip Sidney, and William Shakespeare—aspired to tackle what it is considered to be controversial topics, such as equality, social justice, and sexual desire. However, because of their relationship with the royal court, their reputations in society, and/or the strict religious code, their controversial works were disguised, in which they employ multiple literary devices to either protect themselves from persecution or to protect the identities of those whom they are writing about. By employing the poetic form of sonnets, Wyatt, Sidney, and Shakespeare dramatize the sexual desire as they attempt to reveal the experience of sex—and to what extent it impacts love. To better understand Wyatt, Sidney, and Shakespeare, a brief historical context of England, and its literary movement(s), during the sixteenth century can be certainly helpful. Linguistically, at the early beginning of the 16th century, the English language had “no prestige abroad”— a notion that dominated Europe and even England itself, which drove English writers, who aspired success outside of England , to learn Latin (485). For instance, one of the English pioneers in the sixteenth century literature was Thomas More (1478-1535), who wrote Utopia (1516) in Latin, not English, his native language (485). Although More’s target audience for Utopia was the European intellectual community, he had in mind a domestic…

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