The Jacobean age refers to the period of rule by James I who ascended the English throne after the demise of Elizabeth. The Jacobean era succeeds the Elizabethan era and precedes the Caroline era. It was a decadent 4m d drama of Shakespeare and its contemporaries , some of Shakespeare's greatest, and darkest, plays. including Ben Jonson satiric dramas, notably the great Volpone (1606), all take a cynical view of human nature.
The popular style of theatre during Jacobean times was the revenge play, which generally have the concept of A secret murder, usually of a benign ruler by a bad one or A ghostly visitation of the murder victim to a younger kinsman, generally a son The best-known are like Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy and William Shakespeare's Hamlet , Women Beware Women written by Thomas Middleton, The Revenger's Tragedy in 1606, duchess of malfi by john Webster The genre was first categorized by the scholar Fredson Bowers.
The world of Jacobean tragedy is a dark world of corruption, perversion, blood and passion. Also during this period were powerful works by John Webster, Thomas Middleton, John Ford and Ben Jonson. Ben Jonson also contributed to some of the era's best poetry, together with the Cavalier poets and John Donne . It also continued the trend of stage violence and horror set by Elizabethan tragedy, The complexity of some of its characters, particularly Bosola and the Duchess, plus Webster's poetic language, ensure the play is often considered among the greatest tragedies of English renaissance drama.
This era's most fiery and eloquent author of political tracts was also one of the greatest of all English poets, John Milton. His Paradise Lost (1667) is a Christian epic of encompassing scope. In Milton the literary and philosophical heritage of the Renaissance merged with Protestant political and moral conviction.
WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN is a wonderfully complicated tragedy about sexual frustration In the play itself reveals the thing that...