April 2022 Newsletter

The “Renaissance” issue – Renaissance refers to the revival of art and literature under the influence of classical models in the 14th–16th centuries, and also means reawakening, renewal, or rebirth. As difficult and dark as divorce can be, it’s also an opportunity to rejuvenate your life and perhaps become the person you always wanted to be. This issue opens with What is Renaissance Literature, followed by How to Recover from a Broken Relationship, and concludes with 10 Ways to Reinvent Yourself After 50.

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Renaissance Literature: What It Is, Characteristics and References

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What is Renaissance Literature?

Renaissance literature was part of an intellectual revolution.

Renaissance literature developed in Italy during the Renaissance period, between the 15th and 16th centuries. He was part of an intellectual revolution that sought to promote the renewal of culture, the new concept of humanism and the influence of inventions of the time, such as the printing press, which allowed the dissemination of texts.

The name Renaissance refers to the rediscovery of the Greco-Roman philosophy on which both literature and the rest of the artistic disciplines of the movement were based. It was a transitional period between the Middle Ages, in which there were almost no innovations or cultivation of the arts , and the Modern Age .

The revolutionary Renaissance literature was based on the concept of humanism that generated both positive and negative responses from readers, due to the criticism it showed towards the Catholic Church. For that reason, Church supporters banned or burned printed works.

Historic context

The literary renaissance occurred in the midst of a society plagued by tension, uncertainty and conflicting positions from religion, order and authority. However, the dissemination of knowledge was increasing, which made it possible to combat ignorance and popular tradition.

Book production was on the rise and more and more people were attending university, two privileges that, until then, only the representatives of the priestly class enjoyed. Many Renaissance writers were trained in those universities that opened their doors to the masses.

Rome ceased to be the intellectual or cultural center after the decline of power, both of the Roman Catholic Church and of the city-states of Italy. The scholars of the Renaissance began to travel to other countries, spreading their ideals and knowledge .

In 1492, during the heyday of this literary trend, the invasion of America by the Spanish took place. This event impacted on the ideals of the movement, reinforcing the concept of humanism and overvaluing reason over faith.

Characteristics of Renaissance literature

Renaissance literature tried to express itself as critical realism.

Renaissance literature was characterized by emphasizing themes such as:

  • Love: It was the central axis of lyrical poetry, which leaves God as the center and recognizes women as an object of admiration.
  • Nature: It was idealized for its great beauty and for the feelings generated by its great magnitude and perfection.
  • Mythology: It was a repetitive theme through the most prominent characters of ancient Greece.

Renaissance literature marked the return of the classical style of learning that had largely been ignored during the Middle Ages because most writers glorified the Catholic Church and its teachings. As the city-states began to prosper, religious corruption increased. As a consequence, the influence of the Church began to weaken.

Renaissance writers managed to spread their ideas and incorporate new knowledge such as languages and values, as they traveled through Europe. This shift in learning – from relying on all wisdom from the Church to developing understanding and reason – exacerbated an appreciation for the human individual. That concept was represented by the humanism movement.

Both literature and the various artistic disciplines that represented the Renaissance movement were characterized by:

  • The classical culture of Greece and Rome was recovered, a fact considered the rebirth of tradition.
  • The reason was valued above the faith and Greco-Roman philosophy opposed the ideas of the Catholic Church.
  • The human being was considered the center of the world (unlike the Middle Ages in which God was the center of the universe).
  • Nature was considered a symbol of perfection and a source of pleasure.

Representatives of Renaissance literature

Among the main representatives of Renaissance literature, the following stand out:

  • Dante Alighieri (1265-1321): He was an Italian poet who stood out, in particular, for one of his works, considered fundamental for the transition from medieval to Renaissance thought: The Divine Comedy.
  • Jean Molière (1622-1673): He was a French playwright and poet considered one of the best writers in world literature. One of his main works was Tartufo.
  • Nicholas Machiavelli (1469 – 1527): He was a diplomat, political philosopher and writer considered the father of Political Science. One of his main works was The Prince.
  • Baltasar Castiglione (1478 – 1529): He was an Italian diplomat and writer who wrote lyrical poetry in vulgar language and Latin poetry. One of his main works was The Courtier.
  • Miguel Cervantes (1547 – 1616): He was a Spanish novelist, poet and soldier, and one of the most renowned writers of Spanish literature. One of his main works was Don Quixote de la Mancha.
  • Edmund Spenser (1552-1599): He was an English poet considered one of the pioneers and most influential of the English language. One of his main works was The Fairy Queen.
  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616): He was an English playwright and poet considered the most recognized writer in the English language. One of his main works was Romeo and Juliet.
  • Thomas More (1478-1535): He was an English thinker, theologian, humanist, and writer. One of his main works was Utopia .
  • Luís de Camões (1524 – 1580): He was a Portuguese writer and poet considered one of the greatest exponents of the Portuguese language. One of his main works was The Lusíadas 
  • Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585): He was a French writer and poet considered in his time as “the prince of poets.” One of his main works was Los amores de Casandra .

References:

  • “What is and how did Renaissance literature influence?” on Literature rocks.

How to Recover from a Broken Relationship?

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How did you recover from your broken relationship? Heartbreak is one of the worst feelings out there. An immeasurable amount of sonnets, play songs, and poems have been written over a broken relationship. Broken Heart Syndrome affects one in every 100 people who die of myocardial infarction, or heart failure. With such scary statistics, it is no wonder that people are always searching for ways to heal a broken heart.

Recovering from a broken relationship hurts, but the sooner we bite the bullet, the better. To help you navigate through the emotional turmoil it brings your way, here is a list of things you can do to recover from a broken relationship:

1.    Let Yourself off the Hook

It is easy to blame yourself and take full responsibility for a breakup or divorce even when it isn’t your fault. To help yourself heal after heartbreak, take note of the fact that a relationship is a two-person partnership and that the blame cannot solely fall upon one person only. Cut yourself some slack and take a breather. There is never just one person to blame.

2.    Value Yourself Above Your Relationship

As human beings, we are diverse and capable of much more than we allow ourselves to attempt. Do we limit ourselves by measuring our worth through how good we were in a romantic relationship? To recover from the emotional turbulence, you should value yourself according to a metric that is independent of your relationship with your partner. Pride yourself on all the amazing things you have accomplished in life, like your job, current financial stability, college or high school diploma, children, and anything else you should be proud of! You must remember that there is so much more worth living for than a romantic venture and that someone better is out there waiting for you.

3.    There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea

Recovery takes time, but once you begin to feel better about yourself, go out and meet new people! While the connection you had with your last partner may have been special, remember that every relationship is unique and that there are many new connections out there just waiting to be forged! So put on some lipstick and your best dress because it’s time to find yourself a new partner!

 4.   Find Therapy

If you need additional help, therapy can be a wonderful resource to provide you with support and new tools to assist in letting go.

10 Ways to Reinvent Yourself After 50

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Isn’t a personal or professional reinvention just for young people? What if I’m too old?

After major shift happens in our lives (leaving a long time job or, relationship, or losing your loved one) it is normal to feel afraid & confused. Many people are so disheartened that they simply stop looking for a new path.

Change means an opportunity to reinvent yourself. Maybe you’re on your own for the first time since you were twenty-something, or you’ve been on your own for years. Turning 50 could be more than a number; a wake-up call and the possibility of finding yourself just in time to act on who you are and what you want. Is it too late to reinvent yourself after 50? Definitely no.

Here we identified key steps for older people who hope to make a significant transition.

Create a vision for your future

Before you begin, it’s helpful to clearly identify what you want to achieve through your reinvention. Imagine the future that you want, whether it’s simply a feeling or a situation such as a new career. Imagine how it will feel to be in that new place. Stand for a moment and silently voice your appreciation for everything that came before. Once you’ve thanked the past, turn forward, with gratitude, imagine yourself walking away from the past and into the future.

Understand you do have enough time

There’s no reason you can’t explore wildly new areas. Plus, there is also enormous liberation in reaching age 50. You may feel less compelled to please others and freer to please yourself.

You have the gift of experience to guide you

Search for clues as to what filled you with pride in the past, and what has left you wanting more.

Become a student

Your reinvented life doesn’t need to focus on creating a new career. Why not become a student for the first time and study a subject that fascinates you without having to wonder if it’s going to get you a job. Many people, now in their 60s, grabbed the opportunity to become students in their 50s and enjoy painting and print making for the pleasure of it; not to make money.

Turn to friends and family

They are the ones who know you and who will applaud your reshaping of dreams and desire to pursue them, or, at the very least, efforts to make small changes that allow you to be happier & healthier. Be open to their suggestions, their observations of your skills, and don’t be shy about enlisting them to assist in building a network.

Understand that you are not alone

While being confident is an important part of our culture, aren’t most of us more uncertain in who we are or what we want than we let on? Isn’t 50 the perfect time to renew resolve, to accept our flaws, to appreciate our own strengths?

Connect with your past

Reach out to your existing network of contacts. But many don’t realize some of the most valuable information and opportunities come from “dormant ties,” or people we’ve lost touch with from the past.

We make opportunities happen by using every tool at our disposal

For example, ask yourself do I have experience already that I’m not viewing as a transferable set of marketable skills? Do I have skills that could be packaged up into a home-based job? Examine your skills to see whether they are translatable to another job or field.

Change your look

Get off of the couch, eat healthy, take a walk, ride your bike, go to the gym to do some resistance training, try some new like yoga, Pilates, and drink lots of water. A healthy diet and active lifestyle is a great way to reinvent yourself.

Learn and use relaxation techniques and meditation

Understand that reinvention never stops. Every day you reinvent yourself. You’re always in motion. But you decide every day: forward or backward.

While starting over at 50 or older is no small undertaking it can be done! Remember, failure may feel like you’re being tossed from an airplane but you’re really only two inches from the ground.

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