Where does one find a list of Elizabethan poets?

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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Elizabethan poets refer to those who lived or wrote during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603). Those who lived or wrote during the reign of her successor, James I of England who was also James VI of Scotland, (1603 – 1625) Since a poet's life might span the reign of more than one monarch, it is sometimes more accurate to use the term "early modern English poets" (or British, depending in whether any were from the non-English parts of the British Isles.)

To find a comprehensive list of English poets of the period, you should do a search of union catalogues listing primary publications. For example, you might search COPAC, the union catalogue including most British university libraries as well as the British Library, using the main search interface to limit dates and select poetry. Alternatively, you could find texts in the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database which can be found via the electronic resources page of most university library catalogues.

A short cut would be to go into the main catalogue of your university library and enter in the words "Elizabethan poetry" as first a keyword search and then a subject search. The search results will include many individual Elizabethan poets and also anthologies of Elizabethan poetry containing the "greatest hits" as it were of the period.

thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Poets who wrote during the reign of James are called "Jacobean." Sorry for the missing clause.

nishasj | Student

The Elizabethan poets (Sixteenth Century and shortly after) appeared in England during a period roughly contemporaneous with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Previous to this , the genius of Chaucer ( 1343-1400 ) had established English as a new language of literature and was a primary influence on poets of the Fifteenth Century. With the English renaissance of the Sixteenth Century, the language had moved much closer to its modern form, Chaucer came to be regarded as the EnglishHomer, and a new flowering of poetry took place. These poets adopted sonnet forms from Italy and wrote enormous numbers of love poems, but they also tried new meters and entertainedother subjects, such as the passage of time, the effect ofimprisonment, views on the happy life, the kingdom of the mind, old age, advi c e to ason, true joy, and tributes to the dead. Here, some short extracts from Wyatt, Surrey, Dyer, Sidney, Marlowe, Raleigh, Shakespeare, Campion, Wooton, and Hoskins are presented. You can find full detail on this page http://www.humanistictexts.org/elizabethan_poets.htm