Wyatt and Howard were noble writers writing for a limited courtly audience, and their poetry circulated in manuscript among select groups of readers rather than in print. Manuscripts such as the Devonshire Manuscript, which is also the source for many poems attributed to Wyatt, show how aristocrats and their friends would collect and circulate poems together as an enjoyable social activity.
Although literary texts were increasingly published in print later in the 16th century, poetry in manuscript continued to play a role in court life. Composing skilful and accomplished poems on love and other subjects was one way that aspirational and mostly male would-be courtiers could demonstrate their wit, learning and worthiness — not so much for service as lovers, but for positions of favour and influence. In , the printer and bookseller Richard Tottell printed some of their poems in his innovative verse anthology Songs and Sonnets.
This bestselling book introduced new verse forms, genres and courtly lyrics to a much wider readership. The love poetry in these collections is often in the form of single poems, rather than in longer arrangements or sequences.
Many of these sequences depict male poet-lovers pining after unavailable and under-described ladies, and focusing on their own pain and subjectivity, but poets also subverted these conventions. For modern readers, too, Renaissance love poetry is at once familiar and surprising — for the variety of loves and desires, romantic and otherwise, celebrated and lamented in the poems, as well as for the diversity of their forms and settings.
Vives, Education of a Christian Woman , trans. Her research interests are in classical mythology in Renaissance English writing, occasional drama and entertainments, material culture, and the poet Edmund Spenser. She is currently completing a book on Hercules in sixteenth-century English writing. Love poetry in Renaissance England. Love poetry in the Renaissance often expressed sexual or romantic passion, but it could also serve a variety of political, social and religious ends. Emily Mayne explores the origins and development of Renaissance love poetry and the many forms it took.
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What is love poetry? Where did Renaissance love poetry come from? Continental influences: Petrarch, Laura and the sonnet The sonnet is likely to be the first poetic form that comes to mind for many people when they think about Renaissance love poetry. Share this page.
Those who admire nature often write poetry depicting their love for the outdoors. This type of poetry may express the joy of watching a beautiful sunset, or listening to the peaceful sounds of birds singing in harmony during the early morning hours. Enjoying a scenic landscape or watching the ocean's waves may also inspire love poetry. I'm a self-titled poet because I like to think that after writing so much that it helped me with difficult times which are still ongoing and it allowed me to cope with that.
I wouldn't really call it a love for anyone, or something, but it's more a feeling that shows that I don't have that 'special person' in my life. Because of the hell that I've gone through, every notch down feels farther into rock bottom, so it's not a case of making a reader feel the same way. Although now, as I'm editing my material further, I still wonder what kind of poet I am.
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I know I'm an unrequited love poet but I'm unsure if this is a narrative or just a poetic 'diary' if you like. The reason why I doubt myself in that vein is because I have written exactly 1, pieces of poetry. Please don't forget that I haven't had any 'formal' training and no one in my family writes like I do, not at all. But when you've gone through what I have, it's possible that it's just another aspect of life.
I've been told that I am probably almost like a country boy in that aspect, which is weird for I'm 23 years old and I'm English. But on reflection, all my poems have references to other pieces I've written some clear, some less so and I'd like to think that's made me a poet. What does define a poet though? A person who can write? A person who can rhyme? I don't think it's any of those things. I think it's a person who can make emotional feelings clear naturally. I wouldn't say with 'will' but ability.
I've read quite a lot of it.
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I won't say that I'm ever going to be able to write a classic, but it is definitely possible. The best ones, in my mind, are the ones that tell a little story that show a deep love. Narrative poetry allows you to be fairly original as long as you aren't obviously derivative and you can put a unique texture on the feelings you're trying to express. One of my favorites is "The Cinnamon Peeler" which only has a vague narrative, but nonetheless manages to put forth the idea of a deep and homely love without actually saying much about love.
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But almost every poet somehow manages to do it with at least one of their poems. Some of them are even blatantly sentimental and it still works. Look at E. Cummings' "I carry your heart with me".
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It's a widely loved poem and it could embarrass even lovesick teenagers it's so completely romantic. I wrote a lot of them when I was a teenager and wrote the same kinds of poems that all teenagers do, filled with darkness and over the top love that would last forever. That was before I realized how very very difficult it is to write really good love poetry.
I mean, you can write how you feel to your beloved and they will think it wonderful, of course, but it won't be original. Original, and good love poetry is one in a million because it's all been written about so many times before. I know that it's part of the human condition, and I've seen plenty of intelligent people suddenly turn to bad love poetry when they are in a particular stage in a courtship.
But I think it's terrible and I refuse to ever do it again. I mean if you care enough about a topic to write a poem about it, that's expressing a love for it. Even if you are writing about how much you dislike something love will sneak in there somehow.
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I personally think that some poems aren't written out of love, but I can see their point. Love for something, whether it is a person, an object, a landscape or whatever, is probably the inspiration for most poetry. And the most difficult and cherished task of the poet is to try and make the reader feel that same love, preferably as a participant rather than as a simple observer.
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