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17 and 18 Century British Literature

17 and 18 Century British Literature

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Unit Outline

Unit objectives

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The late Renaissance and the Baroque

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2.1.

The emergence of the baroque sensibility

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2.1.1. The late Renaissance: characteristics of the baroque sensibility

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2.1.2. Baroque features of late Renaissance drama and poetry

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2.2.

Shakespeare’s genius. His later plays

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2.2.1. The baroque spirit of Shakespeare’s great tragedies

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2.2.2. Hamlet: a revenge play

37

2.2.3. Renaissance man and the baroque sensibility in Hamlet

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2.2.4. Hamlet: the philosopher vs. the man of action

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2.2.5. King Lear: the madness of tragic grief

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2.2.6. To be or to seem: Othello

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2.2.7. Macbeth: the tragedy of “diseased” conscience

40

2.2.8. Shakespeare’s last plays

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2.2.9. The plot of The Tempest

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2.2.10. Major themes

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2.2.11. Symbols in The Tempest

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2.2.12. The play-metaphor

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2.3.

The metaphysical poets

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2.3.1. Characteristics of metaphysical poetry

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2.3.2. The metaphysical conceit

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2.3.3. Themes in John Donne’s poetry

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2.3.4. Donne’s love poems

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2.3.5. Donne’s religious poems

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2.3.6. Andrew Marvell: the patriotic theme in the Horatian Ode

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2.3.7. Nature as “mystic book” in Marvell’s poetry

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2.3.8. The theme of love in Marvell’s poems

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Summary

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Key words

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Glossary

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Gallery of personalities

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Solutions and suggestions for SAQs

59

Further reading

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The late Renaissance and the Baroque

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Proiectul pentru Învăţământul Rural

By the end of this unit you should be able to:

♦ define the characteristic aspects of the baroque sensibility
♦ compare the Renaissance and the baroque visions on man
and the universe
♦ compare aspects of Renaissance and baroque literary taste
in the 17th

century
♦ explain the baroque character of the main themes and motifs
in Shakespeare’s tragedies
♦ identify patterns of symbolism and imagery in the studied
plays by Shakespeare
♦ describe the main features of metaphysical poetry
♦ explain what a metaphysical conceit is
♦ analyse the use of conceits in poems by John Donne and
Andrew Marvell
♦ point out the elements of baroque sensibility in the poetry of
Donne and Marvell

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