Petrarch largely influenced this golden period through his sonnet art form.
By publishing all these poems, Richard Tottell contributed to the development of native literature in English.
One of the poetic forms that took serious shape in this period is known as the ‘Elizabethan Sonnet Sequence.’ A few sonnets put together on a particular topic and are why they are called sonnet sequences.
Poets used this sonnet sequence and other poetic forms to give expression to the Renaissance Humanist Ideal.
Sir Thomas Wyatt is considered the first Petrarchan along with Henry Howard.
Henry Howard translated Virgil’s poetry into English and some sonnets.
Sir Phillip Sydney is an exemplary representative of the Renaissance man due to the context of his life and poetry.
Edmund Spenser wrote his sonnets sequence in a particular form of verse called the Spenserian Sonnet.
The Spenserian Sonnet is Edmund Spencer's main contribution to poetry.
Michael Drayton published Ideas Mirror in 1594.
Drayton's introductory sonnet says, ‘my verse is a true image of my mind’ and thereby distinguished himself as a sonneteer in the Elizabethan period.
Samuel Daniel distinguished himself as a distinct poet by using verse as a messenger to his lady love.
Samuel Daniel took issues with poets of the past and contemporary poets and wanted poets to come into the real world to write about real love.
William Shakespeare wrote his sonnets in one of the darkest periods of his life.
Shakespeare used a particular format called Shakespearean sonnet, and this sonnet came to be identified as Shakespearean because he used this format in 154 sonnets.
Shakespeare's 154 sonnets divided into two groups, dealt with the Fair Youth and the Dark Lady.
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