British Literature Timeline

  • 550

    Anglo-Saxon Period 550-1500

    Anglo-Saxon Period 550-1500
    German tribes migrated from Europe. Wrote about trageties with humor and religion.
  • Apr 29, 750


    This epic poem was wrote in Old Enlgish. It is reffered to being an anglo-saxon literature work. It consists of 3182 allternative long lines.Beowulf is to defeat a monster scaring the townspoeple. Ends up defeating the monster and becoming a hero.
  • Apr 30, 1003

    The Wifes Lament

    The Wifes Lament
    Written in Old English consisiting of 53 lines with an elegry. Shows the speakers grief as a women.
  • Apr 29, 1100

    The Seafarer

    The Seafarer
    Also written in Old Enlgish. Consists of 124 lines which many say is a elegy. Its is a sad,dark, and depressing poem.
  • Apr 30, 1380

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales
    Started by the pilgrims telling stories and being in a contest. It consists of 83 manuscrpits. The earliest manuscripts are not even Chaucers scripts, It is said to be most famous for the English in this poem even though French and Latin are also in it.
  • Apr 30, 1400

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Sir Gawain challenges a Greene Knight which he thought he could win.
  • Apr 30, 1450

    Barbara Allen

    Barbara Allen
    A guy falls in love with Barbara Allen but ends up dieing from a crushed heart. Thought his life was over and couldn't find anyone better.
  • Apr 30, 1485

    Renaissance Period 1485-1660

    Renaissance Period 1485-1660
    Wrote poetry sonnents mainly about heros and their love life. Also had some religion mixed in. Was focused between two periods.
  • Apr 30, 1570

    The Shepherd to His Love

    The Shepherd to His Love
    The shephard finally comes out and says he is in love with a women. Proclaims he knows very little about love.
  • Sonnet 130

    Sonnet 130
    Describing a woman that he loves and is falling for. Expressing himself and showing how much he thinks of her.
  • Macbeth

    Macbeth tries running from his fears because the witches proclaimed something would happen involving fears.
  • Psalm 23

    Psalm 23
    About the bible leading people to where they need to be which is obeying the lord and following his ways.
  • Age of Reason 1625-1798

    Age of Reason 1625-1798
    Challenges religion and refers to Christianity the most.
  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    It is about why god puts suffering in most people. About the hurt people have to go through in life.
  • A Modest Proposal

    A Modest Proposal
    Thinks he has a solution to the homelss problem by eating them and selling them to others.
  • Ellegry Written in a Country Courtyard

    Ellegry Written in a Country Courtyard
    Someone sitting in a churchyard remebering a loved one and expressing how much they feel for this one person.
  • The Romantic Period

    The Romantic Period
    Writes about the nature god has put on this eath admiring it,
  • She Walks In Beauty

    She Walks In Beauty
    It is about a comparison of the night time to a beautiful women.
  • The Lady of Shalott

    The Lady of Shalott
    A curse is brought upon a women where she is forced to stay in a tower. She gets out and she ends up dying because the curse was put on her to stay in her tower.
  • Ulysses

    A warrior wants to contiue going around the world.
  • My Last Duchess

    My Last Duchess
    A guy has lost his loved one and keeps a picture with him to remind him of her.
  • Ah, Are You diggin On my Grave

    Ah, Are You diggin On my Grave
    Its is about once your dead everyone forgets about you and you don't really matter.
  • The Modern Period

    The Modern Period
    Mainly written about struggles that happened around the world.
  • When You Are Old

    When You Are Old
    Is a remembrance of a couples memories and that the memories will still be their even when their old. Although she is trying to get over it she will look back and will not know why she even tried.
  • Preludes

    The decription of a beautiful and bright city.
  • Shooting an Elephant

    Shooting an Elephant
    A guy is forced to make a decision on shooting and elephant to please the citizen or find another way to do what he beliefs in.
  • To Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

    To Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
    The author is speaking to the father while he is on his death bed to try to get him to not leave without a fight. Maybe he thought there was a slim chance he could maybe make it through if he fought.
  • The Wanderer

    The Wanderer
    An old english poem. Has 115 lines of alternative verse. Shows how religious the speaker really is.