At this the whole grove vanished, and the whole music was discovered, sitting at the foot of the mountain, with Pleasure and Virtue seated above them. The choir invited Hercules to rest with this song.." (Jonson 'Pleasure reconciled to virtue'). Discuss the importance of the visual in Renaissance writing.
Visualisation is essential in Renaissance writing. In effect, the vision or the allusion
is often what gives Renaissance writing its depth and success. The vision is employed
for various reasons, primarily to set the scene and give evidence to what is being said,
often to show morality or irony within the text, and it helps express what the writer
wants to put across, sometimes in the form of a story that wishes to teach the reader.
The writer uses vision as an essence to show his own true emotion, and instead of
telling us outright, making the task easy for the reader, creates a vision, a middle
ground in which the reader must dissect information that is hidden and useful. This
makes the reader's job far more difficult as the reader must interpret meaning
amongst the vision. That is, many 'vision' texts possess double meaning and a voice
of morality within what is being said, perhaps at the outcome of the story.
Metaphorically speaking, as in Marvell's 'The Garden' the writer transports emotion
into this vision, often a vision that is familiar to all mankind, so that the reader can
identify with the vision and relate it to their own lives ,and thus a more personal
relationship develops within writer and reader. This is shown in Marvell's 'The
Garden' as Marvell creates an illusional garden, the ultimate idea of idealised nature
and fallen things under human domination, "How vainly men themselves amaze," the
garden itself takes on a persona, "Fair quiet have I found thee here" and we are
thrown beautiful descriptions of this paradise. It possesses a fairytale quality,
absolute perfection and ecstasy inside this garden, and as a reader it is possible to take
what the writer is saying at surface level, however it is obvious this garden is a
metaphorical concept of the writer's mind, this garden isn't a place as such, it is the
framework the writer uses to hide the naked truth of what he is saying, the garden
gives his emotions a bulk, a depth, a way in which to express feeling but with giving
it barriers which prevent over-exposure. 'The garden' is an illusional place that the
writer has sought to hide away from love, a place where there is no exposure and
danger of becoming burned. The condemnation of man and criticism of lovers as
being foolish, "Fond lovers" indicates his bitterness towards all those that are
oblivious to this place he has created, to this solitude, this utopia he can escape to. He
believes in being shaded from love, shaded by these trees in this...