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Literature of the Renaissance Flashcards

Literature of the Renaissance Flashcards
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William Shakespeare
The most well-known playwright of the Renaissance period.
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Christopher Marlowe
A playwright who started working before Shakespeare. He's best known for writing The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.
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John Milton
A Renaissance poet known for including long preambles in his epic poems. He also typically avoided using verbs and often utilized odd sentence structures in his works.
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Niccolò Machiavelli
This man focused on political science during the Renaissance and wrote The Prince.
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Sandro Botticelli
A painter during the beginning of the Renaissance who was responsible for creating The Birth of Venus.
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Leonardo da Vinci
This creator lived during the Renaissance and painted both the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
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Michelangelo
An artist during the Renaissance who sculptured masterpieces such as the David and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
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Martin Luther
A Catholic monk who attached a document called the 95 Theses, or 95 complaints, to a Catholic Church door in 1517, eventually leading to the Protestant Revolution.
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Flashcard Content Overview

This set of flashcards can help you with reviewing the works of Shakespeare, John Donne, Francis Bacon, and Christopher Marlowe. You can also find cards that focus on Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vince, Martin Luther, and other great thinkers of this time period. The importance of humanism, religion, and changes in technology during the Renaissance will also be covered.

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Martin Luther
A Catholic monk who attached a document called the 95 Theses, or 95 complaints, to a Catholic Church door in 1517, eventually leading to the Protestant Revolution.
Michelangelo
An artist during the Renaissance who sculptured masterpieces such as the David and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Leonardo da Vinci
This creator lived during the Renaissance and painted both the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
Sandro Botticelli
A painter during the beginning of the Renaissance who was responsible for creating The Birth of Venus.
Niccolò Machiavelli
This man focused on political science during the Renaissance and wrote The Prince.
John Milton
A Renaissance poet known for including long preambles in his epic poems. He also typically avoided using verbs and often utilized odd sentence structures in his works.
Christopher Marlowe
A playwright who started working before Shakespeare. He's best known for writing The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.
William Shakespeare
The most well-known playwright of the Renaissance period.
Ben Jonson
This Renaissance playwright created satirical plays and masques.
John Donne
A metaphysical poet who made use of conceits in his philosophical work.
Francis Bacon
A writer who focused on the sciences during the Renaissance. He is sometimes called the father of empiricism, a way of thinking that values logic and scientific research that can be verified.
Lady Macbeth
A character in Shakespeare's Macbeth whose overwhelming sense of guilt propels her into madness.

Meaning of the Line:

'To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day'

This line, spoken by Macbeth in Shakespeare's play of the same name, demonstrates Macbeth's belief that life has no purpose or meaning.
Importance of the line 'A plague o' both your houses' from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
This line stands out as it is what Mercutio says directly after he's stabbed by Tybalt.
Humanism
This system of belief focuses on human nature and human actions. It first originated during the Renaissance period.
Important Renaissance Scientific Developments
Telescopes
The scientific method
A printing press with movable type
Religion in the Renaissance
This time period saw a greater importance placed on the sciences than in previous eras. However, religion was still important during this time, just as it was during the Middle Ages.

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