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Unit III: The Renaissance

Week 10

Please read:

Queen Elizabeth I, p. 173-4:

Sir Walter Raleigh, p. 174-8:

Consider these three together:

“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” is obviously written in response to Marlowe’s (exceedingly popular) poem; John Donne’s “The Bait” takes a slightly more indirect approach, but its verbal echoes are still unmistakable.

I also add the following two poets’ work from a previous edition of this book, since it will help round out your awareness of English renaissance lyric. It is worth bearing in mind that many of these poems were principally meant to be accompanied by music. If you have or can get hold of any English lute-songs from this period, listen to them. As such they are interesting to compare with the sonnets we have read — in terms of sophistication and lyric subtlety.

William Shakespeare:

William Shakespeare as dramatist: introductory materials:

While reading, consider: