n English lyrical poet, Wyatt is credited with introducing the sonnet into English. He held a position in the court of Henry VIII and was reportedly in love with Anne Boleyn. He fell in and out of favour with the King, being imprisoned in the Tower of London for a period. His poetry was not published until after his death.
They Flee From Me
They flee from me, that sometime did me seek,
I fain sould know what she hath deserved
Dissolution of the Monasteries – 1536-1541
The Act of Supremacy confirmed Henry VIII’s as Supreme Governor of the Church of England 1534.
The Renaissance – 1485-1660
Elizabethan Period – 1558-1603
ir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
Sir Philip Sidney was a prominent figure during the Elizabethan period. He was a poet, courtier and soldier and something of a celebrity at the time. He died from battle wounds in the Netherlands and is buried in St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Sidney is best known for his epic ‘Astrophil and Stella’ and ‘The Defence of Poetry’
From Astrophil and Stella (written 1581, published 1591)
With how sad steps, Oh Moon, thou chimb’st the skies,