The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse : 1509-1659, Paperback Book

The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse : 1509-1659 Paperback

Edited by David Norbrook, H. R. Woudhuysen


The era between the accession of Henry VIII and the crisis of the English republic in 1659 formed one of the most fertile epochs in world literature.

This anthology offers a broad selection of its poetry, and includes a wide range of works by the great poets of the age - notably Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Sepnser, John Donne, William Shakespeare and John Milton.

Poems by less well-known writers also feature prominently - among them significant female poets such as Lady Mary Wroth and Katherine Philips.

Compelling and exhilarating, this landmark collection illuminates a time of astonishing innovation, imagination and diversity.




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