What are the main features of the Restoration period?



  • – The Elizabethan Puritanism was gone; however, it lacked the vigor of the Elizabethan age.
  • – The Restoration relied on reason and facts rather than speculation. Religious values were not questioned. There was a predominance of the classical value (clarity, precision, avoidance of sentimentality, belief in the power of reason).
  • – This period is also called the Neoclassical Age or the Age of Reason (also the Augustan Age). Poets did not deny the value of imagination; they only thought that it should be controlled by reason.
  • – Writers imitated the authors from the Augustan Age (Virgil, Horace, Ovid) and drew parallels between the two ages and between themselves and those authors.

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