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Renaissance and Romantic Literature by Grant Zivan

            During the time of the Renaissance to the Romantic Period, Literature changed and stayed the same. Sonnets and poems referred to love and happiness as well as greed and envy. From "Paradise Lost: The Temptation of Eve," to "Ode to a Nightingale," the literature grew closer in similarities rather in differentiation. .
             The Renaissance period focused mainly on individualism. William Shakespeare's plays reflected mostly on an individual and their well-being. In "Paradise Lost: The Temptation of Eve," John Milton focuses on Eve and her temptation. In the Romantic period, many stories also reflected on individualism. The themes of the plays, sonnets, poems, etc is mainly of one person trying to overcome or to be consumed. In "A Solitary Reaper," page 645, the reader mostly interprets this poem of a lone farmer working herself to death. .
             Renaissance and Romantic Literature also have several disparities. Romantics usually and obviously proclaimed ones love or hate for their significant other. William Shakespeare's sonnets told of love and hate while other poets and writers told of greed and envy. In "On His Blindness," page 417, Milton tells of his blindness and wonders if he should complain to G-d or accept his handicap. In Romantic works, authors usually do not focus on ones physical handicap, rather they focus on ones hardship for love. When one usually hears a love song they picture roses, hearts, and other love related objects. In love sonnets, authors made their own way of telling them. Shakespeare made the Shakespearian sonnet to tell his poetry. .
             Poetry of these periods, I believe, did not encounter much change. Within both periods, poetry included love, hate, greed, envy, temptation, and not much more. The only great difference is the format in which the poetry was presented. Therefore, the greatest correspondence would be that all poems reflected the individual. Another factor or characteristic would be the battle between good and evil, i.

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