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Love and Romance in the Elizabethan Era Literature



Literature in the Elizabethan era is one of the most unique and essential highlights of this phase. The literary pieces of work are even appreciated today. The essential works of various poets, authors and people who contributed to the literature included mainly poetries, theater scripts, and prose fiction writings.

The earliest theater that came into existence was "The Theater" that had been established in 1576.From the commencement of the small plays this lead to a play with a bigger scope, length, and interpretation. One of the very well known plays of that time was called "The Spanish Tragedy," a play by Kyd. This play was widely accepted by the crowds because of its creative plot consisting of having ghosts on the stage, lively heroine, and a confusing plot inside the play.

The most remembered of all was Lyly who became notably successful under the establishment of the book named "Eupheus and His Anatomie of Wit", that means "a well-bred man", it mainly emphasized on the theme of romance, religion, and behavior. Lyly was famous for her use of fine language of prose phrase by pairing a phrase and clause beautifully, and by applying the alliteration and assonance to make the language even smoother. Again when one work became famous, another work will soon be displayed.

With Lyly's affectations questions that would force you to ponder upon different aspects of life , hosts of allusions to classical history and literature, and an unfailing succession of similes from all the immense knowledge that she can command, especially from the fantastic collection of fables which, coming down through the Middle Ages from the Roman writer Pliny, went at that time by the name of natural history and which we have already encountered in the medieval Bestiaries.

So did Sonnets, a 14 line lyric poems, were one of the poetic elements that gained a recognition during this period. Originally, this poetic element originated from Italy, but became popular from the creation of poetry verses from Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, and Michael Drayton.

The general characteristics of Elizabethan literature and writers possessed:

1. The period had great artistic pieces holding unlimited creative force, it includes works of many kinds in both verse and prose.

2. It was mainly dominated, by the spirit of romance.

3. It was full also of the spirit of dramatic action, as befitted an age whose restless enterprise was eagerly extending itself to every quarter of the globe.


It has been observed that majority of the stories had only historical interest; though as a class they furnished the plots for many Elizabethan dramas, including several of Shakespeare's. The most important collection was Painter's 'Palace of Pleasure,' in 1566.

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