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The time period can be characterized as an age of enlightenment and an age of development. In Europe the people had just moved on from the Dark Ages and were restoring ancient styles of poetry while progressing forward with new intellectual and physical discoveries. The mood of the era was of renewal and awakening. People were realizing their individual freedom inspiring them to stand up for themselves and write about what they pleased rather than dark, depressing literature. Stories of activities and pleasant things were being published rather than literature that depressed readers and saddened many.

During the time period of 1492-1750 three major literary movements were:

The Renaissance Literary Movement

Metaphysical Poets

The Augustans

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