Literary Periods

  • Period: 1200 BCE to 455

    Classic Period

    -Homeric Period:
    Oral tradition
    Tales of warriors and princes, pirates, herioc deeds, etc.
    Famous author: Homer("The Iliad" and "The Odyssey")
    -Classical Greek Period
    Playwrights and philosophers
    The golden age: democracy, art, drama, architecture, etc.
    Famous authors: Plato("The Republic"), Socrates and Aristotle.
    -Classical Roman Period
    Rome conquers Greece
    Roman Empire is influenced by Greek culture
    Famous authors: Horace, Ovid, Virgil.
  • Period: 455 to 1485

    Medieval Period

    -Old enlish period(Anglo-saxons)
    Dark Ages, Rome falls.
    Different ethnic groups settle throughout Europe. (Vikings. Celts, Anlgosaxons)
    Famous works: "Beowulf", "The Wanderer", and "The Seafarer"
    -Middle English Period
    French chivaric romances (Chretien de Troyes)
    Scholastic and Theological Works
    Dante "The Divine Comedy"
  • Period: 1485 to


    -Early Tudor Period:
    Henry VII wins war
    Martin Luther creates Protestantism
    Poet, Edmund Spenser
    -Elizabethan Period
    Reign of Queen Elizabeth
    Famous authors: William Shakespeare("Hamlet", "King Lear"), Marlowe, John Donne.
    -Caroline age
    Famous authors: John Milton("Paradise Lost"), George Herbert ("Love III")
    Reign of Charles I
    -Commonwealth Period
    Oliver Cromwell takes over England
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    Enlightenment (Neoclassical Period)

    Influence of Classical literature(Greek)
    Use of logic and disdain of superstitions(Influcence of Socrates)
    -Restoration Period
    British crown returns to power
    Authors: John Locke, Sir William Temple
    -Augustan Age
    Influence of Horace and Virgil
    Authors: Alexander Pope, Steele, Swift
    Philosopher: Voltaire
    -Age of Johnson
    Transitional period to Romanticism
    Authors: Samuel Johnson, Boswell, Robert Burns, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson.
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    Romantic Period

    Recurrent topics: Imagination, nature and individuality.
    Authors: Coleridge, Jane Austen, John Keats, William Blake, Mary Shelley("Frankenstein")
    Trascendental Period
    Gothic writing authors: Ann Radcliffe, Monk Lewis, Bram Stroker("Dracula"), Edgar Allan Poe("The Black cat", "The Fall of the House of Usher")
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    Victorian Period and the XIX Century

    Queen Victoria's Reign
    Sentimental novels and oppression, conservative society
    Authors: Charles Dickens("Great Expectations" "Oliver Twist"), Bronte sisters("Wuthering Heights" "Jane Eyre"), Emily Dickinson.
    Aetheticism and Decadence
    Authors: Oscar Wilde("The portrait of Dorian Gray")
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    Modern Period

    Authors: W. B Yeats, Virginia Woolf("To the lighthouse", "The lady through the looking glass"), Wilfren Owen.
    War Poetry, Feminism, Jazz Age
    Authors: Scott Fitzgerald("The Great Gatby"), Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner.
    Harlem Reinassance
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    Post Modern Period

    Authors: T.S Elliot("The Waste Land"), Alan Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Sandra Cisneros, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez("Cien Anos de Soledad" "Relatos de un Naufrago")
    Magic Realism
    Fragmented Poetry