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What are some characteristics of Elizabethan literature?

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Some distinguishing characteristics of Elizabethan literature are the writers' use of blank verse and satire. During this period in history, sonnets and poetry became popular forms of writing.

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Notable writers during this era include William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe and Sir Philip Sidney. Sonnets were written with three quatrains and a couplet, and this structure was later recognized as a Shakespearean sonnet. Another literary term of the time was the Spenserian stanza, which featured a nine-line stanza. Plays were also predominant. Marlowe is known for composing "Tamburlaine," one of the first English plays to use blank verse.

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