British Literature

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    The date it was written was unknown
  • May 6, 700

    A History of the English Church and People

    A History of the English Church and People
    Gave Bede the name "Father of English History"
  • May 6, 1000

    Kights of Legend

    Kights of Legend
    Sir Gawain and the green Knight, and Morte d'Arthur. Little known about the poets of both these poems. It said Malory, the Morte d'Arthur poet, loved hunting and tournaments as well as Arthurian lore. Think he spent much of his life in prison.
  • May 3, 1386

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales
    Written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer was born somewhere around 1343 and died in 1400
  • Period: May 6, 1485 to

    The English Renaissance Period

    Once of the most exciting periods in history, was both a worldly and religious age. Blossomed first in the italian city-states. spread northward, giving rise to the english renaissance
  • May 6, 1550

    The influence of the Monarchy

    The influence of the Monarchy
    Circa 1500- Sir Thomas More wrote Utopia, Queen Elizabeth I wrote "Speech Before Her Troops" in 1587. Stories from "The King James Bible" which was completed in 1611, include "Psalm 23", "The Sermon on the Mount" and "The Parable of the Prodigal Son"
  • May 6, 1564

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare
    He wrote Sonnet 29, Sonnet 106, Sonnet 116, and Sonnet 130
  • May 6, 1580

    Sir Philip Sidney

    Sir Philip Sidney
    Worte the first freat English sonnet sequence "Astrophel and Stella". Was first to link by subject matter and theme
  • Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh

    Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh
    Christopher Marlowe wrote "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. Sir Walter Raleigh wrote "The Nymph's Reply" which connected to Marlowes poem. These are called "Reply Poems"
  • Spenser's Sonnets

    Spenser's Sonnets
    The Fairie Queen was his most famous sonnets. The Amoretti is unique among such works, it is adressed to the peoet's own wife, not some inaccessible, idealized beauty
  • Period: to

    The Seventeenth And Eightenth Centuries "A Turbulent Time"

    Begins with the beheading of a king, and ends with a revolution just beyond the English Channel.
  • Focus on Literary Forms: Drama

    Focus on Literary Forms: Drama
    Macbeth, Written by William Shakespeare. Was a mizture of fact and legend. He took what he needed from the chronivles and Shaped it into wa tragic plot for Macbeth.
  • A Nation Divided

    A Nation Divided
    John Milton wrote "Sonnet VII (How soon hath Time) "," Sonnet XIX"and "Paradise Lost". Amelia Lanier wrote " Eve's Aplogy in Defense of Women". Richard Lovelace wrote "To lucasta, on Going to the Wars", and "To Althea, from Prison".
  • The War Agains Time

    The War Agains Time
    John Donne,Ben Johnson,Andrew Marvel, Robert Herrick, Sir John Suckling. Donne wrote clever love poems read by sophisticated aritocrats.His poems for example were, "Song", "Holy Sonnet 10", and "Meditation 17". Ben Johnson Wrote "On My First Son", "Still to Be Neat" and "Song:To Celia". Andrew Marvell wrote "To His Coy Mistress". Robert Herrrick wrote "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time". And Sir John Suckling wrote "Song".
  • A Modest Proposal

    A Modest Proposal
    Written by Jonathan Swift. The best audience for this story is the upper class.
  • A Modest Proposal

    A Modest Proposal
    Written by Jonathan Swift. Best Audience is upper class
  • The Ties That Bind

    The Ties That Bind
    Samuel Pepys wrote"The Diary", Daniel Defoe wrote "A Journal of the Plague Year". Johathan Swift wrote "Gulliver's Travels", which wasa marked by religious and political strife. Alexander Pope wrote "An Essay on Man", and The "Rape of the Lock". Samuel Johnson wrote "A Dictionary of the English Language" and James Boswell wrote "Life of Samuel Johnson". Thomas Gray wrote Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard". Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, wrote A Nocturnal Reverie.
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

    All attitudes and tendenciesof eighteenth-century classicism and rationalism were defined or changed dramatically.
  • Lyric Poetry

    Lyric Poetry
    William Wordsworth wrote "Lives Composed a Frw Miles Above Tintern Abbey", "The Prelude", "The World is too Much With Us", adn "London, 1802". Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: and "Kubla Khan". Percy Bysshe Shelley Wrote "Ozymandias", "Ode to the West Wind", and "To a Skylark."
  • Fantasy and Reality

    Fantasy and Reality
    Robert Burns wrote "To a Mouse" and "To a Louse". Joanna Baillie wrote "Woo'd and Married and A'". William Blake wrote "The Lamb", "The Tiger", "The Chimney Sweeper", and "Infant Sorrow". Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote the most famouse Gothic literature of all time "Frankenstein" Edgar Allen Poe wrote "The Oval Portrait"
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

    Called because Queen Victoria reigned for sixty-four years. Two key issues-trade policy and electoral reform-dominated domestic politics during the first half of the Victorian Era.
  • Relationships

    Alfred,Lord Tennyson wrote "In Memorian, A.H.H." "The Lady of Shalott" "The Princess:Tears, Idle Tears" and "Ulysses".
  • Gloom and Glory

    Gloom and Glory
    Emily Bronte wrote "Remembrance" Thomas Hardy wrote "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave". Gerald Manley Hopkins wrote "God's Grandeur" and "Spring and Fall:To a Young Child". A.E. Houseman wrote "To an Athlete Dying Young" and "When I Was One-And-Twenty"
  • Focus on Literary Forms: The Novel

    Focus on Literary Forms: The Novel
    Novel is a long piece of work of prose fiction. The English novel reached full flower during the Victorian era with such classsics as "Hard Times" and "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens. He also wrote "Oliver Twist" as well as "Nicholas Nickleby" Charlotte Bronte wrote "Jane Eyre" in 1847
  • The Empire and Its Discontents

    The Empire and Its Discontents
    Matthew Arnold wrote "Dover Beach" Rupyard Kipling wrote "Recessional" "The Widow at Windsor" as well as "The Jungle Book" "Captains Courageous" and "Kim"
  • Period: to

    A Time of Rapid Change

    The twentieth centruy dawned bright with promise. Progress in science and technology was helping to make life easier and the world more comprehensible. Yet, while steady advances in communications and transportation drew the world closer together, the scourge of modern warfare soon wrenched in apart.
  • Waking From the Dream

    Waking From the Dream
    William Butler Yeats wrote "When You Are Old" "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" "The Wild Swans at Coole" "The Second Coming" "Sailing To Byzantium" T.S. Eliot wrote "Preludes" "Journey of the Magi" and "The Hollow Men" George Orwell wrote "Shooting an Elephant" as well as "Animal Farm" "Burmese Days" "The Road to Wigan Pier" and "1984" Rupert Brooke wrote "The Soldier" Ghandi wrote "Defending Nonviolent Resistance" Stevie Smith wrote "Not Waving but Drowning"
  • The Exeter Book

    The Exeter Book
    Probably complied by Monks. "The Seafarer," "The Wanderer," and "The Wifes Lament" were all discovered in this collection.
  • The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles

    The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
    This story existed only in fragments: a poem passed from one person to another; a parchment that listed the names of old kings; a soldier's memories of a battle. During the Writing of the Cronicle, Monks pulled togerther parts of Bede's History, existing chronologies, royal genealogies, and other historic documents
  • Period: to Apr 29, 1485

    Old English and Medieval Periods

    Beginning of English