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British Literature

  • Apr 23, 750


    c.750- Epic poem following the life and journey of a hero called Beowulf. It shows the events from the time of his arrival to Herot until his death.
  • Period: Apr 23, 1066 to Apr 23, 1485

    The Medieval Period

    Was filled with Romances, Lyrics, and Ballads. Was the emerging of the national identity.
  • Apr 23, 1386

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales
    Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, it is a combination of tales told by the people on their pilgrimage to Canterbury
  • Apr 23, 1465

    Morte d'Arthur

    Morte d'Arthur
    Written by Sir Thomas Malory, it follows the last battle of King Arthur against Sir Mordred, a traitor of Camelot.
  • Period: Apr 24, 1485 to

    The Renaissance

    A time where the most exciting and dynamic events took place. Full of rich history, powerful literature, and great masterpieces of art.
  • Apr 24, 1575

    Petrarchan sonnets

    Petrarchan sonnets
    Sir Philip Sidney wrote many sonnets, such as Sonnet 31 and 39, in Petrarchan form which was divided into two parts, an eight line octave with a rhyme scheme of abba abba and a six line sestet with a rhyme scheme of cdecde
  • Apr 24, 1580

    Spenserian sonnets

    Spenserian sonnets
    Edmund Spenser gives the England many powerful sonnets such as Sonnet 1, 35, and 75 which showed us a balance of harmony between humanity and the universe.
  • Shakespearean Sonnets

    Shakespearean Sonnets
    Unlike the Spenserian and Petrarchan sonnets, William Shakespeare contained three quatrains and a rhyming couplet at the end. Its rhyme scheme was abab cdcd efef gg as used in Sonnets 29, 106, 116, and 130.
  • MacBeth

    One of Shakespeare most famous play, we follow a young lord life as he is exposed to the lust of power and is shown in the end that with power comes heartache.
  • Period: to

    The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

    A period full of history starting with a beheading of a king and ends with a revolution along the English Channel. Shows the thoughts of many spectators.
  • Works of John Donne

    Works of John Donne
    His poetry fell neatly into two contradictory parts. On one side was his wild and youthful works such as "Song" and on the other side was his sober and mature works like "Holy Sonnet 10" and Meditation 17".
  • On My First Son

    On My First Son
    Written by Ben Jonson, the poem is marking the occasion of his son Benjamin's death.
  • To His Coy Mistress

    To His Coy Mistress
    One of Andrew Marvell's poems, it contains witty puns and fanciful imagery that expresses ideas, theories, and wordplay.
  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    An Epic poem written by John Milton giving an explanation on why God allows suffering in the world.
  • Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels
    Jonathan Swift's story satirizes such as intolerance of religion, education, and government ignorance.
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

    This period is a transition from the discovery of the outer world to understanding of one's inner world. The writings celebrates both the hearts and the minds of the rebels and dreamers.
  • William Blake

    William Blake
    In his works "The Lamb" and "The Tyger", Blake passes from the innocence of the Lamb to the darker awareness of the Tyger.
  • Frankenstein

    Inspired by a waking dream, Mary Shelley thought of Frankenstein during a challenge of the best ghost stories between Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and other friends.
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    written by Samuel Coleridge based off a dream, the ancient mariner shows that everything in the world that God created is made equal and should be treated that way.
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

    This period reflects the rise and fall of Britsh power. It shows England climb to the top of the mountain and then its slow steady decline back down.
  • William Butler Yeats

    William Butler Yeats
    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was born in Dublin. His father was a lawyer and a well-known portrait painter. Yeats was educated in London and in Dublin, but he spent his summers in the west of Ireland in the family's summer house at Connaught.
  • In Memoriam, A.H.H.

    In Memoriam, A.H.H.
    written in memory of his best friend, Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a 130+ section poem about the lost of his greatest friend.
  • The Brownings

    The Brownings
    In so much love, Robert and Elizabeth Browning wrote many love poems such as Life in Love, Love Among the Ruins, and Sonnet 43 to express the love they share for each other.
  • Virginia Woolf

    Virginia Woolf
    Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals.
  • James Joyce

    James Joyce
    James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish novelist, noted for his experimental use of language in such works as Ulysses. James Joyce was born in Dublin, on February 2, 1882.
  • Rudyard Kipling

    Rudyard Kipling
    He wrote a great variety of poetry, short stories, and novels such as The Jungle Books and Captains Courageous
  • TS Eliot

    TS Eliot
    (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965) American publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets."
  • DH Lawrence

    DH Lawrence
    (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, in 1885. Though better known as a novelist, Lawrence's first-published works were poems, and his poetry, especially his evocations of the natural world, have since had a significant influence on many poets on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Period: to

    The Modern Period

    This period shows the voices from the Commonwealth of Nations (countries where Queen of England serves as the figure head) speaking out against government and giving their point of view of how the world is changing and developing.
  • George Orwell

    George Orwell
    Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on 25 June 1903 in eastern India, the son of a British colonial civil servant. He was educated in England and, after he left Eton, joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, then a British colony. He resigned in 1927 and decided to become a writer.
  • Poetry of William Yeats

    Poetry of William Yeats
    In poems like The Second Coming, Sailing to Byzantium, and Wehn You Are Old are all poems that showed the peril that the world is coming too.
  • Shooting an Elephant

    Shooting an Elephant
    George Orwell describes how the Burma Imperialism has influenced his decisions whether it was for the good or the worse.
  • The Harry Potter Series

    The Harry Potter Series
    A collection of seven books written by J.K. Rowling about the young life and struggle of a wizard.
  • Tunnels

    written by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, the story follows Will Burrows, a 14-year-old archaeologist, who stumbles upon an underground civilization called The Colony.
  • Burton Raffel's translation

    Burton Raffel's translation
    c.458- The Seafarer, The Wanderer, and The Wife's Lament were three poems about exile, or a prolonged stay away from home that is forced upon a person.
  • The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

    The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
    Translated by Anne Savage, is a combination of the fragments of the history before it was written knitted together in a book
  • Period: to Dec 31, 1066

    The Old English/Anglo-Saxon Period

    This time period produces the rich cultural hertiage that lays the foundations for the British Tradition.