3rd best British author behind Shakespeare and Milton; The Canterbury Tales:
Most important Renaissance poet; The Bowge of Courte (satire on court of Henry VIII), Garlande of Laurell (self-laundatory allegorical poem), Collyn Clout (complaint against ecclesiastics' misdeeds), and Magnfycence (an example of a morality play)
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
First to write in blank verse; Virgil's Aeneid, invented the English sonnet!!!
Translator of Latin and French works; Translated: For Ovid, Commentaries of Caesar
influence has been overshadowed by other Elizabethan poets; The Fruit of Warres, Pleasant Tale of Hermetes the Hereintei
Faerie Queen (most famous work; longest epic poem in English; purposely archaic English such as Cant. Tales): allegorical presentation of virtues by Arthurian knights
Anglican Theologian; Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie: a defense of the Anglican church against the Puritans
One of the Elizabethan's age most prominent figures; Astrophil and Stella, The Defence of Poesy (an apology for poetry, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
Sir Walter Raleigh
Helped colonize Roanoke; Sent 2nd expedition under John White; "Silver Poet" of his era, Historie of the World, "What is Our Life", "The Lie"
Sir Frances Bacon
Leader of scientific revolution; Baconian method: inductive methodology; De Interpretatione Naturae Prooemium (1. discover truth 2. serve church 3. serve country), A Declaration of the Practices and Treasons..., Essays
Greatest writer ever known; Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer's Night Dream
English Elizabethan Pamphleteer; Summers Last Will and Testament, The Isle of Dogs: lost satirical comedy, "The Unfortunate Traveller. Or The Life of Jacke Wilton"
founder of the Metaphysical group of poets; Love/sensual poems; The Relic, The Ecstacy, A Nocturnal Upon Saint Lucy's Day
Volpone, The Alchemist, On My First Sonnet (epigram on 10 year old son's plague death), The Case is Altered
First English woman playwright; "The Tragedy of Miriam"
"To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" (carpe diem form)
Wrote many religious poems (some used as hymns); A Priest to the Temple (or The Country Parson), Jacula Prudentium, Temple