English Literature

Topics: Poetry, William Shakespeare, Anglo-Saxons Pages: 9 (1396 words) Published: November 12, 2014
 CLASSICAL BACKGROUND GREEK
Background: Mythology, Heroic Age, Epic, Lyric (The Four Schools), Tragedy, Comedy. Poetry Prose Drama Homer = Iliad Aristotle=Poetics Sophocles= King Oedipus,Antigone Odyssey Plato =Republic Aeschylus Hesiod = Theogony Euripides =Medea Aristophanes = Lysistrata, Clouds ROMAN Background: Mythology, Lyric, Pastoral, Tragedy, New Comedy, Closet Drama Poetry Prose Drama Virgil=Aeneid Cicero Seneca Eclogues Plautus and Terence Horace= Ars Poetica

Ovid= Ars Amatoria
Metamorphoses
Catullus
Propertius
EUROPEAN
Background: Civalry,Feudalism, Christian Mythology
Poetry Prose Drama Song of Roland Boethius=Consolation of Philosophy Commedia del Arte Roman de la Rose

Dante=Divine Comedy
La Vita Nuova
Boccacio=Decameron
Petrarch
ENGLISH LITERATURE
ANGLO – SAXON PERIOD (428-1100)
Background: Heroic Age,Heroic society,Invasions, Norse mythology, religious poetry,Old English versification,beginnings of the medieval drama. Poetry Prose Drama Caedmon=Hymns Venerable Bede=Ecclesiastical History of English People Liturgical plays Cynewulf=Juliana Aelfric=Sermons Quem Queritis Elena Anglo Saxon Chronicle Beowulf

The Seafarer
Wulf
Deor’s Lament
The Dream of the Rood
Genesis
ANGLO-NORMAN PERIOD (1100-1350)
Background: Norman Conquest,feudalism,Magna Carta,English displacing French in upper classes,English metrical romances with English themes,Arthurian romance material in French prose, drama in the hands of guilds,cyclic development,mystery plays,romance tradition,dream vision poems,debate poems.

Poetry Prose Drama ‘’The Cockoo Song’’ Geoffrey of Monmouth=Historia Regum Britanniae Chester Cycle of plays The Owl and the Nightingale Ancrene Riwle Layamon=Brut

MIDDLE ENGLISH PERIOD (1350-1500)
Background: Petrarch,Boccaccio,Dante,English becoming the official language,beginning of printing press,War of Roses,Oxford Reformers,Lollardy,continuation of romance tradition,the four matters of romance [matters of Rome, France, Britain (the Arthurian cycle), England],Arthurian legend,chivalric code,courtly love,dream allegory,fabliaux,framed tale,secular and devotional lyrics,ballad,satire,estates satire,alliterative revival,Scottish Chaucerians. Poetry Prose...
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