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COMPARING THE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE PERIODS IN POETRY AND ART
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To mark the transition from the Medieval period to the Renaissance, compare the two poems , the first from the Medieval period, and the second from the Renaissance. For each, note the following:
1. Metaphors that organize each
2. The tone of each poem
3. The major figures of speech in each poem
4. Essential similarities and differences
5. The comment each poem makes about its respective period
THE LAST JOURNEY
If a man thought deeply and often
How hard is the journey from sleep to
Active life, how sorrowful is the passage
From active life to the grave, from the
Grave to torment that shall never end, I
Think that he should desire no sin.
ON THE LIFE OF MAN
What is our life? A Play of passion
Our mirth the music of division;
Our mothers' wombs the tiring-houses be
Where we are dressed for this short comedy.
Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is,
That sits and marks still who doth act amiss;
Our graves that hide us from the searching sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done .
Thus march we, playing, to our latest rest,
Only we die in earnest--that's no jest.
The Woodcut dramatizes conflicts in a famous play written by a rival to Mr. W.S. in the 16th century. Who is the dramatist, the play, and what Medieval / Renaissance protocols appear evident:
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