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  • Jan 1, 750


    Author- annonymous
    After arriving in Herot, Beowulf has to defeat three great evils that terrorize te townspeople.
  • Jan 1, 1380

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales
    Author- Geoffrey Chaucer
    A group of people are travelling on a road telling stories.
  • Jan 1, 1380

    The Wife of Bath's Tale

    The Wife of Bath's Tale
    Author- Geoffrey Chaucer
    After being sentenced to death, a knight has to reclaim his honor by knowing what women desire the most.
  • Jan 1, 1400

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Author- annonymous
    King Arthur's nephew, Gawain, takes a fight with a strange green knight, thinking he will win.
  • Jan 1, 1450

    Barbara Allen

    Barbara Allen
    Author- anonymous
    A man is in love sick for Barbara and, after being rejected, dies of a broken heart.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1485 to

    The English Renaissance Period

    Authors began writing dramas and focusing on poetry.
  • Jan 1, 1570

    The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

    The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
    Author- Christopher Marlow
    A shepherd proclaims his love for a woman.
  • Jan 1, 1570

    The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

    The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
    Author- Sir Walter Raleigh
    The woman rejects the shepherd by saying she will not be happy.
  • Sonnet 130

    Sonnet 130
    Author- William Shakespeare
    Shakespeare is describing the qualities of a woman he loves.
  • MacBeth

    Author- William Shakespeare
    After becomming the king, MacBeth is swallowed by his fear of his prophecy, foretold by the witches, comming true.
  • Psalm 23

    Psalm 23
    Author- from King James Bible
    The Lord leads people to salvation.
  • Period: to

    The Age of Reason

    Authors began writing about the problems of society.
  • To His Coy Mistress

    To His Coy Mistress
    Author- Andrew Marvell
    The speaker compliments a woman and says time will speed by for those in love.
  • from Paradise Lost

    from Paradise Lost
    Author- Andrew Marvell
    Milton tells of a Hell and gives reasons for why God allows suffering to happen.
  • from The Rape of the Lock

    from The Rape of the Lock
    Author- Alexander Pope
    At a formal party, a man cuts a lock of hair off of a woman's head.
  • A Modest Proposal

    A Modest Proposal
    Author- Jonathan Swift
    Swift gives an outragous solution to the homeless problem; eating and selling them.
  • Ellegy Written in a Country Churchyard

    Ellegy Written in a Country Churchyard
    Author- Tomas Gray
    The writer sits on a country churchyard and watches as people walk by.
  • Th Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    Th Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    Author- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    A sailor tells his tale of how he lost crew and was punished for killing an Albatross.
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

    Authors begin writing about the beauty of nature.
  • She Walks in Beauty

    She Walks in Beauty
    Author- George Gordon, Lord Byron
    Byron compares a beautiful woman to the night.
  • Ozymandias

    Time makes everyone forget about everyone, no matter how important one person can be.
  • Ode to a Nightengale

    Ode to a Nightengale
    Author- John Keats
    While wanting to commit suicide, Keats hears a chirping nightenale, which cheers him up.
  • Ode to the West Wind

    Ode to the West Wind
    Author- Percy Bysshe Shelley
    No matter how hard your life is, it will always get better.
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

    Author wrote their works on the rise and fall of British power.
  • The Lady of Shalott

    The Lady of Shalott
    Author- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    A woman is cursed and can not go out of her tower and when she does, she dies.
  • Ulysses

    Author- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    After returning home, a war vetean wants to continue his adventurous days.
  • from Hard Times

    from Hard Times
    Author- Charles Dickens
    Children are taught only facts because they are "wanted in life".
  • My Last Duchess

    My Last Duchess
    Author- Robert Browning
    Browning is talking about a picture of his former lover.
  • Ah, Are You Diggng On My Grave?

    Ah, Are You Diggng On My Grave?
    Author- Thomas Hardy
    A person thinks they will be remembered fter death, but only a dog comes to their grave to bury a bone.
  • Period: to

    The Modern Period

    Authors begin to write about human joy and struggles that come from all around the world.
  • When You Are Old

    When You Are Old
    Author- William Butler Yeats
    The author wants to remind an old love of the times they had together and how she will regret missing them when she is old.
  • Preludes

    Author- T. S. Eliot
    The author uses vivid images to describe a city.
  • Shooting An Elephant

    Shooting An Elephant
    Author- George Orwell
    A police officer in Burma must choose between killing an elephant that trampled a man or saving it and look like a fool in front of the townspeople.
  • The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection

    The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection
    Author- Virginia Woolf
    People are too curious to not look into a house when they walk by.
  • Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

    Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
    Author- Dylan Thomas
    The author wants his father to fight death and to not die easily.
  • Period: to Dec 31, 1485

    Old English and Medieval Periods

    Authors focus on poetry an some wrote long poems called epics.