Jacob burkhardt: the discovery of the world and of man [humankind] . The metaphysical poets were men of learning, and to show their learning was their whole endeavor of wit, they had more than enough. The most heterogenous ideas are yoked by violence together, nature and art are ransacked for illustrations, comparisons and allusions Their wish was only to say what they hoped had never been said before - samuel johnson. Renaissance: increasing focus on human beings and the world surrounding them. Human beings situated between angels and animals. Angels can not change, they are closer to god than human beings. Animals can not change either, they live in a world instinct where all they have to do is survive. Humans have mutability, the capacity to change. We can make ourselves better people, but if we make wrong choices we can make ourselves worse people.