English Renaissance

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth by George Gower

The traditional song "Greensleeves" is widely attributed to Henry VIII. The song dates from the English Renaissance. From the Internet Archive's Community Audio.

Essential Questions

  • How did Shakespeare contribute to the development of the English language and to literature?
  • How did the sonnet develop as a prominent poetic form?
  • How did the monarchy influence literature?
  • How did Middle English evolve into Early Modern English?

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