Two Women Poets of the Renaissance

Renaissance themes are reflected in both Tudor's and Lanier's poems.  The speaker in Elizabeth I's poem searches for the external cause of an internal change.  Lanier challenges traditional thought regarding the fall of man.

God places the first man, Adam, in the beautiful garden of Eden.  From one of Adam's ribs, God made woman.  God forbade Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge, but the serpent tempted Eve.  Eve ate of the fruit and gave some to Adam.  Angry, God drove them from the garden.