Which Renaissance writer first illustrates the Renaissance's "lust for life"?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although he might not be the most immediate choice, I think that Miguel de Cervantes is the Renaissance writer that immediately comes to mind in demonstrating a "lust for life" and a passion for living. Don Quixote is life.  It is about the passion one has for being in the world. Cervantes' focus is to display life in all its complex beauty and intricacy.  Constructing consciousness in the idea of Sancho and Quixote, Cervantes recognizes that the full immersion of life involves seeing life through different lenses. Quixote's pursuit of honor in the name of Duclinea and Sancho's pursuit of his next meal are both elements that drive the drama and represent the essence of living, of being in the world. This is not a sad or miserly pursuit. Rather, it is one that Cervantes fleshes out to its fullest extent. The Renaissance's affirmation of individuality is what helps to define Don Quixote as it stresses how individuals cannot neglect their own sense of passion and "lust for life." In this, I would say that Cervantes is an excellent representation of the Renaissance's "lust for life" and passion for living.