I. Opening Paragraph
1. elements in British poetry remain constant
2. William Shakespeare and John Donne
a. common themes of love and adoration
3. environment and customs affect a poet's work
II. Renaissance and 18th Century Comparisons
drinking, gambling, gossip, theater
Puritanism, a Calvinist attitude within the Anglican church c.
issued a fine for not conforming to the established religion; not going to Protestant services d.
betrothal: the two people join hands. Man gives her a ring to be worn on the right hand. Changes to the left at the wedding. Seal the contract with a kiss. Can be terminated by mutual consent. e.
marriage: considered foolish to marry for love. Marry young, have children. 1.
wedding customs: crying the banns, the bridal procession, contract, dowry, jointure, rings 2.
church was a necessary part of the government of England
rapid inflation, loss of real wages
rising middle class/falling nobles
king and parliament would work together - limited monarcy: kings recognizing prerogatives of parliament, but also rights of people as a whole: Bill of Rights of 1689
III. William Shakespeare
born in April, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
parents: John and Mary Shakespeare
attended Stratford Grammar School
married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582
three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith
IV. John Donne
born in Bread Street, London in 1572 to prosperous Roman Catholic family 2.
at age of 11, Donne entered into Hart Hall, University of Oxford, where he studied for three years 3.
1593, Donne's brother Henry died of a fever in prison
1601, sat in Queen Elizabeth's last Parliament. in the same year, he secretly married Lady Egerton's niece, seventeen-year-old Anne More 5.
died in London on March 31, 1631
V. Poety Analysis
1. Shakespeare's "Sonnet 30"
a. past failures, sadness, woe.
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