The Renaissance was more an era of literature and poetry than of the visual arts. The artistic creation was inspired by Greek mythologies and philosophies. Most intellectuals embraced the concept of humanism, which stressed the importance of human dignity and emphasis off of theology and logic, to human studies. Dr. Cheney states, “The universal man contained within himself knowledge and all the skills of the various arts, from grammar, rhetoric, and philosophy, to art, music, poetry, and architecture. It is from the uomo universale that we get our expression, "Renaissance man." This shows how people of the Renaissance shifted there knowledge and began new skills for activities more ideal to them. The most accomplished works of literature were in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.
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Sir Thomas Wyatt introduced the ballad and sonnet to England. More authors such as, Sir Phillip Sydney, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare helped establish the three sonnet styles, Petrarchan, Spenserian, and Shakespearean. Many of the authors conveyed their outlooks on concepts in their pieces. Edmund Spenser’s work expressed his views on Protestantism and Catholicism.
William Shakespeare is known today as one of the best writers during the Renaissance period. William focused more on poetry to be successful, but is widely know as the dramatist of his time. His most famous pieces were, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Hamlet. All Shakespeare’s pieces contained newly invented words he developed with a combination of Latin, French,and Native roots. He tended to write plays in four categories, such as histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances. “William Shakespeare caused much controversy, he also earned lavish praise and has profoundly impacted the world over in areas of literature, culture, art, theatre, and film (http://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/).” From his poems to his playwrights, Shakespeare is a brilliant man and important writers of all time.
There are many well-known works of books, poems, and playwrights written during the renaissance. “Giovanni Boccaccio, became a major author in his own right. His major work was the Decameron, a collection of one hundred stories told by ten storytellers who have fled to the outskirts of Florence to escape the black plague over ten nights (http://www.erasofelegance.com/history/renaissancearts.html). Boccaccio’s work gave ideas to many future authors of that time period. William Shakespeare introduced the world to our first real love story with Romeo and Juliet. It was the only one of his first plays that wasn’t a history play (http://www.biography.com/people/william-shakespeare-9480323#video-gallery&awesm=~oAU8UMSNvKlDAJ). The Shepherd’s Calendar, written by Edmund Spenser, is a widely famous poem about a man who portrays his life as a shepherd through the twelve months of the year.