The Bridge to the Modern Era
A. Renaissance History
The renaissance was a cultural movement that began in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and later spread throughout the rest of Europe over the course of the 14th to the 17th century. As a cultural movement, it incorporated innovative developments of Latin and vernacular literatures. These developments contributed to art, politics, and science. During the renaissance, the expansion of linear perspective and other techniques of rendering a more natural reality in painting, and gradual but widespread educational reform. In the political aspect, the renaissance era contributed to the conventions of diplomacy, and in science an increased reliance on observation that would develop later in the Scientific Revolution beginning in the 17th century. Habitually, this intellectual transformation has resulted in the Renaissance being viewed as the “bridge” between the Middle Ages and the Modern era. The time period of the Renaissance is best known for its artistic developments and the contributions of experts such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. These men inspired the term “Renaissance man”. The Renaissance has a long and complex history, with general skepticism of discrete periodization. Some have questioned whether the Renaissance was a cultural “improvement” from he Middle Ages, rather than seeing it as an episode of negativity and reminiscence for the classical age. The continuity between the two eras were linked “by a thousand ties” (wikipedia.org). B. Live for Every Moment
The phrase, carpe diem, which was derived from a Latin poem written by Horace, is now a well-known and commonly used saying. Generally, it is translated as “seize the day” but this popular motto may also be interpreted as “to enjoy, seize, use, or make use of”. Christopher Marlowe’s, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, and Andrew Marvell’s, To His Coy Mistress, both use the theme of carpe diem through the male personas in these...
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