History of English Literature by: Jose Chirino

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  • 450

    Old English 450-1000

    Old English 450-1000
    is one of the West Germanic languages, and its closest relatives are Old Frisian and Old Saxon. Like other old Germanic languages, it is very different from Modern English and difficult for Modern English speakers to understand without study. Within Old English grammar nouns, adjectives, pronouns and verbs have many inflectional endings and forms, English inscriptions were written using a runic system, but from about the 8th century this was replaced by a version of the Latin alphabet.
  • 1066

    Middle English 1066- 1500

     Middle English 1066- 1500
    Middle English was a form of the English language spoken after the Norman conquest (1066) until the late 15th century. English underwent distinct variations and developments following the Old English period. Scholarly opinion varies, but the Oxford English Dictionary specifies the period when Middle English was spoken as being from 1150 to 1500 This stage of the development of the English language roughly followed the High to the Late Middle Ages.
  • 1550

    The English Renaissance 1550–1660

     The English Renaissance 1550–1660
    English Renaissance was a cultural and artistic movement in England dating from the late 15th to the early 17th century. It is associated with the pan-European Renaissance that is usually regarded as beginning in Italy in the late 14th century Like most of northern Europe, England saw little of these developments until more than a century later The dominant art forms of the English Renaissance were literature and music. Visual arts in the English Renaissance were much less significant than
  • 1653 Puritan Age 1620-1660

    1653 Puritan Age 1620-1660
    Puritan literature was direct and focused on offering instruction from a Biblical point of view. However, Puritans didn't believe in writing for entertainment; rather, they thought of writing as a tool to reach people with the story of God. Works focused on realistic messages illustrating the idea that everyone was born a sinner and that his or her salvation had been pre-determined, a concept known as predestination.
  • The Restoration Period in english literature 1660-1668

     The Restoration Period in english literature 1660-1668
    the most important and interesting aspect of literature is the way that it both responds to and is inevitably shaped by the political context in which it is written. Some of the best examples of this can be found in the Restoration period, which lasted from 1660 to around 1688. The name 'restoration' comes from the crowning of Charles II, which marks the restoring of the traditional English monarchical form of government following a short period of rule by a handful of republican governments
  • 18th Century in English literature 1700

     18th Century in English literature 1700
    The age is also known as the Neoclassical period Writers of the time placed great emphasis on the original writings produced by classical Greek and Roman literature.The literature of this period imitated that of the age of Caesar Augustus, writers such as Horace and Virgil, with classical influences appearing prevalent in poetry with the use of rhyming, and in prose with its satirical formwriters such as Horace and Virgil, with classical influences appearing prevalent in poetry
  • Romanticism 1798-1832 Was a time of change

    Romanticism 1798-1832 Was a time of change
    Romanticism (also known as the Romantic era) was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe towards the end of the 18th century, and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850. Romanticism was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical
  • Victorian 1837-1901

     Victorian 1837-1901
    Victorian literature : As is quite evident from the title the kind of literature that evolved during the reign of Queen Victoria is famously known as the Victorian era literature.The literature of the Victorian age (1837-1901) entered a new period after the romantic revival. The literature of this era was preceded by romanticism and was followed by modernism or realism.
  • Modern 1900-1961

    Modern 1900-1961
    The Modern Period in English Literature occupied the years from shortly after the beginning of the twentieth century through roughly 1965. the period was marked by sudden and unexpected breaks with traditional ways of viewing and interacting with the world. Experimentation and individualism became virtues, where in the past they were often heartily discouraged. Modernism was set in motion, in one sense, through a series of cultural shocks. The first of these great shocks was the Great War
  • Postmodern 1945-1970

    Postmodern 1945-1970
    Postmodern literature is a form of literature which is marked, both stylistically and ideologically, by a reliance on such literary conventions as fragmentation, paradox, unreliable narrators, Postmodern authors tend to reject outright meanings in their novels, stories and poems, and, instead, highlight and celebrate the possibility of multiple meanings, or a complete lack of meaning, within a single literary work
  • Contemporary 1950 to present 2020

    Contemporary 1950 to present 2020
    The word contemporary means living, belonging to or occurring in the present. So when we talk about contemporary literature, we are talking about literature that is being written in the now about the now, is defined as literature written after World War II through the current day
  • Bibliography 2000

    Bibliography 2000
    Bibliography : In the 12th century, the word started being used for "the intellectual activity of composing books." The 17th century then saw the emergence of the modern meaning, that of description of books. Currently, the field of bibliography has expanded to include studies that consider the book as a material object