British Literature

  • Apr 30, 731

    A History of the English Church and People

    A History of the English Church and People
    Written by the Venerable Bede in 731
  • Apr 29, 750


    Surviving version of Beowulf composed around this year
  • Apr 30, 1375

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    This year is when the surviving version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was writen.
  • Apr 30, 1386

    The Canterbury Tales is started

    In 1386 Chaucer Began writing The Canterbury Tales
  • Apr 30, 1470

    Morte d'Arthur

    Morte d'Arthur
    Thomas Malory wrote Morte d'Arthur in 1470
  • Period: Apr 29, 1485 to

    The English Renaissance Period

  • May 10, 1580

    Edmund Spenser

    Edmund Spencer wrote Sonnet 1, Sonnet 35, and Sonnet 75
  • May 10, 1580

    Sir Phillip Sidney

    Wrote Sonnet 31 and Sonnet 39
  • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

    Poem by Christopher Marlowe
  • The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

    Satirical reply to "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"
  • Shakespeare

    Wrote great poems such as Sonnet 29, Sonnet 106, Sonnet 116, and Sonnet 130
  • On My First Son

    Wrote by Ben Johson sometime after his son's death in 1603
  • Macbeth

    Tragedy by Shakespeare. Written sometime between 1603 and 1607
  • Period: to

    The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

  • Meditation 17

    By John Donne
  • from A Journal of the Plague Year

    By Daniel Defoe
  • from Gulliver's Travels

    from Gulliver's Travels
    A famous novel written by Jonathin Swift
  • A Modest Proposal

    Satirical essay written by Jonathan Swift in 1729
  • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

    Written by Thomas Gray in 1742
  • To a Mouse

    Written by Robert Burns after he upturned a mouse's home while plowing the fields in 1785.
  • from The Prelude

    by William Wordsworth
  • William Blake

    William wrote "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" in 1789 and 1794, respectively.
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

  • Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

    By William Wordsworth in 1798
  • The Rime of the Anchient Mariner

    Written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge for "Lyrical Ballads" in 1798
  • John Keats' Poems

    Includes: on First Looking into Chapman's Homer, "When I Have Fears I May Cease to Be", "Ode to a Nightingale", and "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
  • Introduction to Frankenstein

    Written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

    By John Keats
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Shelley wrote "Ozymandias", "Ode to the West Wind", and "To a Skylark" in 1820
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

  • My Last Duchess

    Published by Robert Browning sometime around 1845
  • from Jane Eyre

    from Jane Eyre
    novel by Charlotte Bronte written in 1847
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Alfred Lord Tennyson
    Alfred Wrote In "Memoriam, A.H.H.", "The Lady of Shalott", and "Ulysses" around 1850
  • Sonnet 43

    By Elizabeth Browning in 1850
  • from Hard Times

    By Charles Dickens. Novel writen in 1854
  • "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?"

    Thomas Hardy sometime in the 1860's wrote "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?"
  • Dover Beach

    Dover Beach
    Matthew Arnold wrote "Dover Beach" in 1867
  • God's Grandeur

    Written by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • A. E. Housman

    Wrote "To an Athlete Dying Young" and "When I Was One-and Twenty" around 1895
  • Period: to

    The Modern and Postmodern Periods

  • The Soldier

    The Soldier
    Written by Rupert Brooke
  • The Second Coming

    The Second Coming
    This poem by William Butler Yeats vividly expresses the idea that history occurs in a 2000 year cycle and the next cycle is the opposite of the current.
  • The Hollow Men

    The Hollow Men
    Poem by T.S. Eliot that described how he felt about modern society.
  • When You Are Old

    William Butler Yeats Published "When You Are Old" somewhere around 1928.
  • Sailing to Byzantium

    Sailing to Byzantium
    Poem by William Butler Yeats
  • Shooting an Elephant

    Shooting an Elephant
    George Orwell wrote this essay somewhere around 1928-1934.
  • Not Waving But Drowning

    Not Waving But Drowning
    Publisehed by Stevie Smith c.1950.
  • Exeter Book

    Exeter Book
    Around 975 Saxon monks copied Old English poems into "The Exeter Book"
  • Period: to Apr 29, 1485

    The Old English and Medieval Periods