Question: Show how the voices of writers through many centuries of literature have depicted a variety of mentalities and lifestyles. . Centuries could pass, and not many changes could be easily perceived by the common man, as those changes came gradually. Yet those changes can be readily discerned when looking at England as a whole, not looking at parts of history individually. The alterations of life, when looked at from a certain literary viewpoint, can be explained when one looks at the different periods in English literature, seeing the depictions of a certain era through writings that unintentionally convey great varieties in the mentality and lifestyles of the people who lived during that time. From war and violence to the more genteel inclinations of love and peace, English literature has evolved throughout the centuries, most especially if one considers the differences between the Old English, Renaissance and Romantic periods. The Anglo-Saxon history is undoubtedly very interesting to study, as the period spans several centuries and several different inhabitants of the land now known as England. The main characteristic of this time was the heroic ideal, which was the attempt by a hero to do things such as sailing a ship through a storm and taming a horse better than anyone else. The hero’s first priority, however, was to always be ready to fight. The Angles were a heathen race, worshipping old Nordic gods and Wyrd (fate). It is very important to remember that it was the Anglo-Saxons who determined the basic language and culture of the English race, therefore it was them that were the foundation upon which literature would stand. The first literature found in the history of this period was during the reign of the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes. It was not really literature, in that it was written down by anybody, in mass-produced copies. The literature back then consisted of songs, sang by bards, who embellished the story with every
Periods of English Literature.
For convenience of discussion, historians divide the continuity of English literature into segments of time that are
called "periods." The exact number, dates, and names of these periods vary,but the list below conforms to widespread practice. The list is followed by a brief comment on each period, in chronological order.
450-1066 Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) Period
1066-1500 Middle English Period
1500-1660 The Renaissance (or Early Modern)
Periods of English Literature
A Note on the Naming of Periods:
Periods in literature are named for rulers, historical events, intellectual or political or religious movements, or artistic styles. Most literary periods therefore have multiple names. What's worse, some of these names are debated. Is the later 17th Century the Baroque era? The term baroque is an intractable term derived from art criticism, though it may usefully be applicable to some writers as well. Is the early 17th Century the….
William Blake are some of many great examples of Romantic literature. Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual movement that began in Europe in the early 1800’s. It was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution as illustrated in William Woodsworth’s “Michael.” This poem mourns the changes made by the Industrial Revolution. In Romantic texts, everything written is out of the ordinary and very fictional. The characters in a romantic piece of literature are created from nothing and the plot is often in imaginary….
Though it is often viewed both as the archetypal Anglo-Saxon literary work and as a cornerstone of modern literature, Beowulf has a peculiar history that complicates both its historical and its canonical position in English literature. By the time the story of Beowulf was composed by an unknown Anglo-Saxon poet around 700 a.d., much of its material had been in circulation in oral narrative for many years. The Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian peoples had invaded the island of Britain and settled….
55 BC – 400 AD
3. The Old English or Anglo-Saxon Period 500 – 1066
Soon after the romans left, Britain was attacked by Germanic tribes, mainly Angles and Saxons.
Anglo-Saxon settlements (410 AD – 800 AD)
The Vikings (The Danes) (800 AD – 978 AD)
Downfall of Saxon England (978 AD – 1066 AD)
4. The Middle English Period 1066 – 1500
5. The Renaissance 1500 – 1600
The Early Tudor Period (1485 – 1550)
The Flowering of the Renaissance, or Elizabethan Period (1557 – 1625)
Dibrugarh University B A. Syllabus in English under Semester System (Approved by the Board of Studies in English on 20/12/2010)
This course has been designed as part of an integrated course in English Literature, inclusive of M.A. in English. Only students wishing to pursue M.A. in English should take up this course. Each paper is of 100 marks out of which 80 marks will be for the End semester examination and 20 marks for the Internal Assessment. Paper I: History of English Society and Culture I (Anglo Saxon….
What is Literature?
Literature (from Latin litterae (plural); letter) is the art of written work, and is not confined to published sources (although, under some circumstances, unpublished sources can also be exempt). The word literature literally means "things made from letters" and the pars pro toto term "letters" is sometimes used to signify "literature," as in the figures of speech "arts and letters" and "man of letters." The four major classifications of literature are poetry, prose, fiction….
The Shri Ram School English Literature Project 2013-2014 Class X You are required to do two separate assignments: A. On, ‘As You Like It’ B. On, either poetry or short stories You have to choose one question/theme from each genre Both assignments have to be completed in a total of 1500 words. You are free to divide the words between both assignments as you choose. Please remember that this project will be assessed for the ICSE Board examination and will constitute a part of the marks awarded for….
Course Code: 50121212
Course Name: Projects I
Assignment #A 126
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from Mesopotamia, is amongst the earliest surviving works of literature. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five independent Sumerian poems about 'Bilgamesh' (Sumerian for Gilgamesh), king of Uruk. Four of these were used as source….