Spenser’s The Faerie Queene is the only long Elizabethan lyric poem of very highest rank. In that respect he made the Elizabethan age, the greatest lyric period in the history of English literature. The Elizabethan lyrics have the advantage of complete delightful in rapid and direct appeal.

The zest for lyric poetry has introduced at the Court of Wyatt and Surrey in the last two decades of Elizabeth’s reign. It revived not only among the courtiers but also among all classes. Almost every writer of the period who was not purely a man of prose seems to have been gifted with the lyric power.

The qualities which especially distinguish the Elizabethan lyrics are fluency, sweetness, melody, and an enthusiastic joy in life, all spontaneous, direct and delicate. These poems possess a charm different from that of any other lyrics. In subjects they display the usual lyric variety. There are songs of delight Nature, love poems of all moods, many pastorals and some reflective and religious poems. The lyrics were published sometimes in collections by a single author, sometimes in the series of anthologies as Tottel’s Miscellany. Some of these anthologies were books of songs and music, which has brought with all the other cultural influences from Italy and France. Many of these lyrics are included as songs in the dramas of that time such as Shakespeare’s comedies.

Some of the finest of the lyrics are anonymous. Among the best of the known poets are George Gascoigne, a courtier and soldier who bridges the gap between Surrey and Sidney. Sir Edward Dyer about 1545, a scholar and statesman author of one perfect lyric My mind to me a kingdom. Nicholas Breton (about 1545 to 1626) one of the most successful poets of the pastoral style. George Peele, the dramatist. Thomas Lodge poet, novelist, and physician. Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) the dramatist and poet. Samuel Daniel scholar, critic, and member in his later years of the royal household of James I.


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15 responses »

  1. Educational Thanks! always like to learn new things of interest.. of which poetry is for sure 1..Peace Bro

  2. Thank you! Great to read your blog about this history and how literature was intertwined. I admire your passion.

  3. I have always enjoyed the “Faerie Queene” and named my late golden retriever, Spenser in his honor. (This despite the poet’s rather jingoistic attitude toward the Irish people).

  4. fromsonika says:

    Thanks for the great insight. Really enjoyed reading it !

  5. Nice information! Many of us these days compose poems without knowing any theories about them. History is interesting, at least, we get to know that the things we do didn’t just fall from the skies. Thanks for the share.

  6. bobbygw says:

    Loved this. A charming, well-written, concise and comeppling insight into a great art form.

    All best wishes@bobbygw

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Brilliant and interesting blog, my father used to read this poem to me!

  8. granbee says:

    No wonder I fell in love with English literature at such an early age. My elders really exposed to this Elizabethan lyricism outside of the classroom at an early age. Such a party it all is! Bless you for sharing all of this information here, as always, dear Vikram

  9. Thank you for sharing this, I had never heard of it before so it was delightful to learn something new. Luc

  10. Sharp says:

    looks fancy 😀

  11. Chaucer is lyrical too not only with words but in the sing song way you read it orally. That is if you have had some training in Chaucer-speak of course.

  12. 1stjoeyanna says:

    Love this post! I will be checking out some Elizabethan Lyric Poetry!

  13. Sue Swift/Suz deMello says:

    What a lovely woodcut. I don’t know if they qualify, but I went through a period of being madly in love with the poetry written by one of Anne Boleyn’s lovers, Tom Wyatt, who wrote very evocative love poems to and about her.

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