What are the features of Elizabethan literature?

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The Elizabethan Age refers to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I from 1558 to 1603, and is considered by some to be the Golden Age of English literature. There are a number of reasons for this rise in literature: Queen Elizabeth I was a famous supporter of the arts, England was thriving economically, and cultural imports from Italy supported the exploration of forms such as the Italian sonnet. This era is famous for its sonnets and plays, and the emergence of great writers like William Shakespeare. Elizabethan literature and drama draws heavily from themes of romance, particularly in its poetry, but also incorporated commentary on religion, politics, and society. Another feature of Elizabethan drama was the development of the tragicomedy, aided by Shakespeare's plays such as "All's Well That Ends Well" and "Measure for Measure."

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