What are the main characteristics of Elizabethan lyric poetry?

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A genre that can be traced back to ancient Greece, lyric poetry in the Elizabethan age was usually identified as relatively short poems about personal, romantic topics and/or poems set to the music of the lyre.  William Shakespeare utilized lyric forms in his love sonnets, and the genre came to be associated with the concept of courtly love, as seen in plays such as Romeo and Juliet where a male character (in this case, Romeo) falls quickly and hard for a beautiful young lady who he then proceeds to "woo" with appearances at her window reciting flowery lamentations of love.  Courtly love was usually accompanied by the aspiring lover's perceived physical illness when considering the idea that the love might be unreturned. 

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