Compare and contrast the lyric poetry of the Anglo-Saxon period to the Renaissance based on the selections you read in the Anglo-Saxon Period: 449–1066 unit and the Renaissance: 1485–1660 unit. Describe what literary devices were commonly used and what themes were most frequently addressed in both periods. Include at least one specific example from each period. Your response should be at least one paragraph long. Thomas Gray has sometimes been classified as a pre-Romantic writer. Romantic writers valued emotional experience over logical arguments, nature and common people over organized society, and imagination over reason. What evidence from “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” supports Gray’s classification as a pre-Romantic? Your response should be at least one paragraph long. The purpose of Geoffrey Chaucer’sThe Canterbury Talesis to present the entire spectrum of human personalities by showing their qualities, flaws, and eccentricities. How does the author accomplish this feat? What attitude toward humankind emerges from this narrative poem? Your response should be at least one paragraph long.