British Literature

  • Period: 449 to Jan 1, 1485

    From Legend to History

    In unit one the main purpose is to present the foundations for " The British Tradition". Throughout the unit, the literature that the early settlers brought to British Literature is presented.
  • Apr 10, 750

    Beowulf

    Beowulf
    Translated by Burton Raffel
  • Jan 1, 871

    The Seafarer

    Translated by Burton Raffel
  • Jan 1, 871

    The Wanderer

    Translated by Charles W. Kennedy
  • Jan 1, 871

    The Wifes Lament

    Translated by Ann Stanford
  • Jan 1, 1000

    Sir Thomas Malory

    " from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and " from Morte d' Arthur"
  • Jan 1, 1170

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    " from The Canterbury Tales: The Prologue, " from The Pardoner's Tale" " The Wife of Baths Tale"
  • Period: Jan 1, 1485 to

    Celebrating Humanity

    The works from this unit came from the English Renaissance. Also seen in this unit are the authors and their works that came from Britain.
  • Jan 1, 1518

    Sir Thomas More

    " from Utopia"
  • May 10, 1572

    Ben Johnson

    " On My First Son" and " Song: To Celia "
  • Jan 1, 1575

    Christopher Marlowe

    " The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"
  • Jan 1, 1580

    Sir Phillip Sidney

    Sonnet 31and 39
  • Sir Walter Raleigh

    " The Nymphs Reply"
  • Edmund Spenser

    His entire sonnet collection, inlcuding Sonnets 1, 35, and 75.
  • Robert Herrick

    " To the Virgins to Make Much of Time"
  • Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's sonnet collection including sonnets, 29,106,116, and 130.
  • MacBeth

    " MacBeth" by William Shakespeare
  • Sir John Suckling

    " Song"
  • The King James Bible

    The King James Bible
    A bible that was the " Cornerstone of European culture." Psalm 23 was an important psalm that is still well-known today. Also " from The Sermon on the Mount" and " The Parable of the Progigal Son" are two well-known stories from the bible.
  • John Donne

    " Holy Sonnet 10" and " Meditation 17"
  • Period: to

    A Turbulent Time

    This unit covers a period of time in Englsih history that was very troublesome. The literature in this time period was created to explore the changes in people and the world.
  • Alexander Pope

    " from The Rape of the Lock"
  • Jonathan Swift

    Jonathan Swift
    " from Gulliver's Travels"
  • Jonathan Swift

    " A Modest Proposal"
  • Thomas Gray

    " Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"
  • William Blake

    " The Lamb" " The Tyger" " The Chimney Sweeper"
  • Robert Burns

    " To a Mouse"
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    " Ode to the West Wind" " To a Skylark" " Ozymandias"
  • William Wordsworth

    " Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" " from The Prelude" " London, 1802"
  • Period: to

    Rebels and Dreamers

    In this time period authors started write about the individual itself rather than the world that the individual was in.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    " The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" " Kubla Khan"
  • George Gordon, Lord Byron

    " She Walks in Beauty" " from Don Juan"
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    " Frankenstein"
  • John Keats

    " Ode to a Nightingale"
  • Period: to

    Progress and Decline

    The works in Unit 5 uncover the the power struggle in the Victorian Era. This time span was one of great growth and prosperation but also suffered a severe decline in world power.
  • Charlotte Bronte

    Charlotte Bronte
    " from Jane Eyre"
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    " from In Memoriam, A.H.H. " and " The Lady of Shalott"
  • Charles Dickens

    " Hard Times"
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Sonnet 43
  • Matthew Arnold

    " Dover Beach"
  • Robert Browning

    " My Last Duchess"
  • William Butler Yeats

    " When You Are Old" " The Second Coming" and " Sailing to Byzantium"
  • A.E. Houseman

    A.E. Houseman
    " To an Athlete Dying Young" and " When I Was One-and-Twenty"
  • Period: to

    A Time of Rapid Change

    In this unit, one discovers the power of people from all around the world.
  • Rupert Brooke

    " The Soldier"
  • James Joyce

    " Araby"
  • D.H. Lawrence

    " The Rocking Horse Winner"
  • T.S. Elliot

    " The Hollow Men"
  • George Orwell

    " Shooting an Elephant"
  • Dylan Thomas

    " Do Not Go Gentle into The Good Night"
  • Stevie Smith

    " Not Waving but Drowning"