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Comparisons in Renaissance Literature

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The Renaissance time period was a time of many changes. This marked the “rebirth” of English society and culture with new and innovative art, theater, music, science, mathematics and literature. In many literary pieces from the Renaissance, it was very easy to see the history of the time period reflected in the work. Different language techniques were commonly used to enhance writing and literature. Techniques like parallel structure, paradoxes and figurative language gave authors the ability to make a point in a new way. These literary elements created a distinctive writing style that was similar in many works; it made it easy to distinguish Renaissance writers from writers from other time periods. When comparing the work of different authors of the time, it is clear that Renaissance writers used similar writing techniques.

A common writing technique during the Renaissance time period was parallel structure. Parallel structure is used to show similar meaning amongst parts with similar structure. Authors like Sir Francis Bacon and the writers of the King James Bible both use this technique in their pieces. This is seen when Sir Francis Bacon discusses the various uses of studying in his essay “Of Studies”. Bacon writes, “Their chief use for delight is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business” (Bacon 259). He states that studying for fun should be used when you are by yourself and relaxing; studying to show off should be used for debating; and studying to be useful should be used to work and make judgments. Parallel structure, is used to show the three reasons, Bacon believes you should study and the uses for each of those reasons. Sinc...

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...d the joining of a man and woman. This shows that marriage was a big issue during the Renaissance time period, especially when King James I excommunicated all of England in order for him to get a divorce and remarry.

Works Cited

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Fannie Safier. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1996. Print.

Donne, John. “Meditation 17.” Adventures in English Literature: Athena Edition. Ed.

Fannie Safier. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1996. Print.

“Genesis.” The King James Holy Bible. Adventures in English Literature: Athena

Edition. Ed. Fannie Safier. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1996. Print.

Wyatt, Sir Thomas. “Whoso List to Hunt.” Adventures in English Literature: Athena

Edition. Ed. Fannie Safier. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1996. Print.
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