William Shakespeare 's The Renaissance Essay

1085 Words Oct 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Renaissance poetry, which included the works of such poets as Samuel Daniel, Edmund Spenser, and Francesco Petrarch, began in 13th-century Italy and spread throughout much of continental Europe. By the 16th and 17th centuries, the Renaissance ideals had begun to shape the literary compositions of England, resulting in the production of a variety of poems varying in structure, rhyme scheme, and argument (Black 546). Despite the common motif of the Renaissance woman presented in both works of literature and the poems’ shared Shakespearean rhyme scheme and structural patterns, Samuel Daniel and William Shakespeare incorporated a variety of differing rhetorical comparisons, vivid imagery, and detailed diction to present opposing arguments regarding the nature of a woman’s beauty and the use of blazon in poetry. Throughout each poem, a number of major motifs are displayed, reflecting the era in which these works were produced as well as the contrasting points of view of the men who authored them. Daniel’s portrayal of the Renaissance woman typified the ideal of the unattainable Petrarchan woman, whose chastity made her both beautiful and cruel, emphasized by the speaker’s expression that “fair is my love, and cruel as she’s fair,” in the opening quatrain of the poem (Daniel, line 1). This expression of love for the woman, as well as the paradoxical ideas surrounding chastity, beauty, and the lover’s cruelty emphasize the immense value placed on love above all else and the…

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