Cna you analyse and contrast the shifts in literary tradition and language in English literature from the early sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries?

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The sixteenth century was dominated by Elizabeth I reign in England and epitomized by writers like Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare and Marlowe. As shown by Sidney's Defense of Poesy, modern definitions of English literature conventions were in full bloom as English became an internationally established language (instead of the vernacular of Chaucer's era).

The seventeenth century was dominated by James II and epitomized by writers like Ben Jonson and John Donne. Literary definitions and conventions were being tested and reacted against with styles such as Donne's Metaphysicalist poetry and Jonson's moral requirements for comedy.