This posting discusses trends within the Early Seventeenth Century. (1603-1660) such as point of view, use of symbolism, central theme, the writer's style and what work can best exemplify this century and why.
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First, as you assess the trends within the Early Seventeenth Century such as point of view, use of symbolism, central theme, the writer's style, please note how it was common for The
Age of Anxiety to permeate point pf view, theme, and style. You might cite any of the "Metaphysical" poets for more data. Research suggests that they were "trying to reinforce the traditional lyric forms of love and devotion by stretching them to comprehend new and extreme intellectual energies" (http://www.eng.fju.edu.tw/English_Literature/englit_1/17th_century.htm).
First, you might examine Donne's romantic voice and techniques in his poem, "The Good Morrow." He shows a destiny for the lovers; he implies that their love was fated from childhood as he says,
"I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we lov'd? Were we not wean'd till then,
17th Century Poems are discussed.