British Literature

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    Epic heroic poem, of a great legendary warrior know for his courage, strength and dignity. Thought as the national epic of England. Author unknown
  • Apr 30, 673

    Venerable Bede

    Venerable Bede
    Greatest of Englands Latin scholars (673-735)
    Well-known for - A History of the English Church and People
  • Apr 30, 1386

    Canterbury Tales

    Canterbury Tales
    Written by Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)
    Each character tells a tale on the way to Canterbury, only 24 of the projected 120 were told, but together they stand as a complete work.
  • May 4, 1405

    Sir Thomas Malory

    (1405-1471) wrote Sir Sawain and the Green Knight
    Spent more of his life in prison, for reasons that are still debated today.
  • Period: Apr 30, 1485 to

    English Renaissance Period

    One of the most exciting periods in history. Scholars act out against the "dark ages". Wanted the rebirth of civilization .
  • May 4, 1552

    Sonnets: Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare

    Series of sonnets that fit together loosely to form a story.
    Sonnets are 14 lines normally in iambic pentameter.
    Sidney; Astrophel and Stella
    Spenser; Armoretti
    Shakespeare; greastes dramatist, created new rhyme scheme (abab cdcd efef gg), forming the Shakespearean sonnet- four quatrains and a closing couplet.
  • May 6, 1554

    Christopher Marlowe & Sir Walter Raleigh

    (1554-1618): Sir Walter Raleigh
    wrote- the nymph's Reply to the Sheperd (1564-1593): Christopher Marlowe
    wrote- the Passionate Shepherd to his Love
  • Macbeth

    Written by Shakespeare in the early 1600's hee took ideads from Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland and mixed the stories together
  • King James Bible

    King James Bible
    Created at the command of King James I, he commissioned 54 scholars and clergymen to compare all known texts of the Bible.
  • Period: to

    Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

    Period of Enlightenment
  • Ben Jonson

    Ben Jonson
    wrote- On My First Son
  • Alexander Pope

    Alexander Pope
    wrote- The Rape of the Lock (1712-1714)
    Great satirist, gave his name to the literary era in which he wrote, which is now called the Age of Pope and Swift.
  • Samuel Johnson

    In 1746 he began work on his Dictionary of the English Language and it ook him nine years to finish.
  • Gullivers Travels

    Gullivers Travels
    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
    The Scriblerus Club, encouraged Swift to write a series of amusing journeys because they knew he enjoyed reading travel books.
  • A Modest Proposal

    A Modest Proposal
    By Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
    Last essay he wrote to call attention to the plight of the Irish.
  • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

    Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
    Written by Thomas Gray (1716-1771)
    His first important poem and best-known poem.
  • To a Mouse: Robert Burns

    To a Mouse: Robert Burns
    (1759-1796) known as " The Voice of Scotland"
    In 1786 published his first collection of poems, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Included "To a Mouse"
    Most of his poems are writting in dialect.
  • The Lamb

    William Blake (1757-1827)
    From series of poems, Songs of Innocence.(1789)
  • TheTyger

    William Blake (1757-1827)
    part of a series of poems, Songs of Experience (1794)
  • Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

    Written by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
    Wordsworth visited this church five years earlier alone, but the next time he brought his sister along.On the visist that inspired this poem William said, " No poem of mine was composed under circumstances more pleasant for one to remember than this."
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    Samual Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
    In 1798 Coleridge and Wordsworth published Lyrical Ballads, a mix of their works. " The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" was inlclued as a part of Coleridge's contributions.
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

    Began as a rebel against the Enlightenment era.
  • She Walks in Beauty

    George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
    Bryon created brooding figures whose ironic attitude and hidden sorrow only added to their charm, this figure became known as a Byronic hero.
  • Frankenstein

    Written by Mary Wollstonecraft (1797-1851)
    Mary, her husband, poet Lord Byron and another friend challeneged each other to write ghost stories. Mary's version became the full-length novel Frankenstein. Which was first published in 1818,
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Wrote Ozymandias-Ode to the West Wind-To a Skylark
    Often referred to as the perfect poet of the Romantic Era.
  • Poerty of John Keats

    Poerty of John Keats
    John Keats (1795-1821)
    In 1819 he wrote some of his most famous poems, "The Eve of St. Agnes", "La Belle Dame sans Merci" and his odes. All are considered to be masterpieces.
  • The Lady of Shalott

    written by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
  • Period: to

    Victorian Period

    The Literature relfects the rise and fall of British power during the Victorian era.
  • Robert Browning & Elizabeth Barret Browning

    Robert Browning & Elizabeth Barret Browning
    Robert Browning (1812-1889)
    Wrote "My Last Duchess"
    Elizabeth Browing (1806-1861)
    Wrote-Sonner 43
  • Jane Eyre

    Written by Charlotter Bronte (1816-1855)
    Her boarding-school experiences gave her material for the story.
  • In Memoriam, A.H.H.

    Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
    Series of short poems that considered questions of death, religious faith, and immortality. This series grew for over 17 years and was published in 1850.
  • Hard Times

    By Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
    Other popular works, Oliver Twist(1839), David Cooperfield(1850)
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins

    wrote- God's Grandeur, Spring and Fall: To a Young Child
    none of his works were published till 1918
  • A. E. Houseman

    wrote- To an Athlete Dying Young & When I Was One-and Twenty
  • Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave

    Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave
    By Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
    His poetry marke the transition from Victorian verse to the modern movement.
  • Period: to

    The Modern and Postmodern Periods

  • The Soldier

    The Soldier
    By- Rupert Brooke (188701915)
  • William Butler Yeats

    William Butler Yeats
    wrote- When You Are Old, THe Lake Isle of Innisfree, The Wild Swans at Coole, The Second Coming, and Sailing to Byzantium
    won noble prize in 1923
  • T.S. Eliot

    wrote Preludes, Journey of the Magi, and The Hollow Men
  • George Orwell

    George Orwell
    wrote- Shooting an Elephant
  • Virginia Woolf

    wrote- The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection
  • Stevie Smith

    Stevie Smith
    wrote-Not Waving but Drowning
  • The Anglo-Saxon Chronincle

    The Anglo-Saxon Chronincle
    (A.D. 871-899) Put together by a group of monks. They used parts of Bede's History, existing chronologies, family trees, and other historic documents. Following two centuries, monks added news to the Chronicle ranging from gossip to the battles of kings.
  • Period: to Apr 29, 1484

    Old English

    Beginning of English periods