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Unformatted text preview: During the European Renaissance — roughly, the 1500s to the 1700s, an era marked by a rebirth of interest in classical art, learning, and literature — both Greek and Roman writers were fervently admired and imitated. Knowledge of the Greek language, which had been lost during the Middle Ages, was once more available. Homer was again read in the original, and Virgil was increasingly and universally admired. The eighteenth century was one that especially esteemed elegance and artifice, and so Virgil was prized. However, under the influence of romanticism, which came toward the end of the century and prevailed in the first part of the next, there was a change in critical standards. Enthusiasm and the free expression of individual feelings were prized by Keats, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, and Coleridge — the great poets of this era, and all radically different in spirit from Virgil. For these Coleridge — the great poets of this era, and all radically different in spirit from Virgil....
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- Fall '08
- The Aeneid, basic human desire, critical standards. Enthusiasm, modern Western civilization., Roman engineering genius