What were some literary influences on the style of Sir Francis Bacon's Essays? plz answer in detail
The style of Sir Francis Bacon’s Essays is indebted to a number of sources, both literary and otherwise. Like most Renaissance Christians, especially the well-educated, Bacon was very familiar with the Bible and took its teachings quite seriously. He was also familiar with many of the Greek and Latin classics, and his style was especially influenced by such writers as Seneca and Tacitus (rather than Cicero). Seneca and Tacitus favored a kind of writing often called “curt.” Cicero's writing, by contrast, was often long, complicated, and highly patterned. Phrases in the "curt" style were short; grammar was unconventional; and ideas often whizzed by quickly. Bacon liked lists, antitheses, and phrases involving three elements. Yet writers such as Tacitus and Seneca were only two significant influences on his style. He was familiar, for instance, with the essays of Montaigne and sometimes alluded to them, but his own essays were less personal, more abrupt, and less informal.
The brief essay “Of Revenge,” chosen more or less at random, illustrates many of the traits and influences just discussed, as well as some others. Consider its opening sentence:
Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Here, in the first phrase, we see Bacon’s frequent brevity, as well as his tendency to use aphorisms and his sometimes vivid language. In the phrasing that follows the semicolon, we see his love of balance. Meanwhile, Bacon’s...
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