British Literature

  • Apr 29, 750


    The epic poem Beowulf was composed in 750.
  • Apr 30, 1400

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    Geoffrey Chaucer
    Chaucer is most famous for his work, The Canterbury Tales.
  • Period: Apr 30, 1485 to

    English Renaissance Period

    Most exciting and dynamic times in British history.
  • May 6, 1500

    King James

    King James
    Was known for The King James Bible and Psalm 23.
  • Apr 30, 1552

    Edmund Spenser

    Edmund Spenser
    Edmund Spenser is known for creating the sonnet form, known as the Spenserian sonnet.
  • Apr 30, 1554

    Sir Philip Sidney

    Famous sonnets from Sir Philip Sidney are Sonnet 31 and Sonnet 39.
  • Apr 30, 1564

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare
    Shakespeares most famous works are Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet.
  • Sir John Suckling

    Known for his poem, "Song"
  • Period: to

    Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

    This timespan was known for the beheading of a king and the abolishment of the monarchy.
  • John Donne

    John Donne
    His famous works are, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Holy Sonnet 10, Meditation 17.
  • Jonathan Swift

    Jonathan Swift
    His famous work we read was, "from Gulliver's Travels" and "A Modest Proposal."
  • Alexander Pope

    Alexander Pope
    Famous for his works, "The Rape of Lock" (1712-1214) and "An Essay on Criticism" (1711).
  • Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson
    from A Dictionary of the English Language, from The Preface.
  • Thomas Grey

    Thomas Grey
    Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
  • William Blake

    The Lamb and The Tyger.
  • Robert Burns

    To a Mouse.
  • William Wordsworth

    Tintern Abbey, from The Prelude.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    The Rime of the Ancient Marnier.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark.
  • John Keats

    When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be, Ode To a Nightingale, and Ode on a Grecian Urn.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    Introduction to Frankenstein.
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

    Classicism and rationalism were redfined and changed dramatically in this time period.
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Sonnet 43.
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    from In Memoriam, A.H.H., The Lady of Shalott.
  • Robert Browning

    Robert Browning
    My Last Duchess.
  • Charles Dickens

    from Hard Times.
  • Charolotte Bronte

    from Jane Erye.
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

    Booming economy and rapid expansion.
  • Thomas Hardy

    "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?"
  • Gerald Manley Hopkins

    God's Grandeur.
  • A.E. Housman

    To an Athlete Dying Young and When I Was One-and-Twenty.
  • William Butler Yeats

    When You Are Old and The Second Coming.
  • Rupert Brooke

    The Soldier.
  • T.S. Eliot

    T.S. Eliot
    Preludes and The Hollow Men.
  • Period: to

    The Modern and Postmodern Periods

    Science and technology increased during this time period.
  • George Orwell

    Shooting an Elephant.
  • Period: to Apr 29, 1485

    Old English and Medieval Period

    Beginnings of English Literature