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8 Major Themes of British Literature

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Jacob King

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8 Major Themes of British Literature
Medieval literature is a broad subject, dealing with all written works available in Europe and beyond during the Middle Ages.
The literature of this time was composed of religious writings as well as works about separating religion. Just as in modern literature, it is a complex field of study, from the sacred works to the exuberantly profane, and touching all points in-between. Works of literature are often grouped by place of origin, language, and genre.
Elizabethan Age (1485-1625)
Anglo-Saxon Period (449-1066)
Medieval Period (1066-1485)
17th Century (1625-1700)
20th Century (1900-Present)
18th Century (1700-1798)
Romantic Age (1798-1837)
Victorian Age (1837-1901)
Old English literature consists of: sermons and saints' lives, biblical translations, translated Latin works of the early Church Fathers, Anglo-Saxon chronicles and narrative history works, laws, wills and other legal works, practical works on grammar, medicine, geography, and poetry.
is the most famous work of Old English literature.
Other works during this time are
The Fight at Finnsburh
, and
Beowulf, The Fight at Finnsburh,
literary type is they all three are famous types of
during this time.
3 Authors:
is often thought to be the poet of a five-line poem titled Bede's Death Song.
is also thought to be the author of 50 metrical psalms.
is considered the first Old English poet whose work still survives.
Pieces of Literature:

Golden Legend
which reached such popularity that, in its time, it was reportedly read more often than the Bible. Which is a form of a
non-fiction book.
Another piece of Literature is the
Carmina Burana
which is a form of

which is a form of
allegory literature.

3 Authors:

Jacobus de Voragin
e who wrote Golden Legend.

Francis of Assisi
was a famous poet of this time.
Sir Thomas Malory
who wrote Le Morte d'Arthur.

Refers to bodies of work produced during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603), and is considered to be one of the most splendid ages of English literature.
The Elizabethan era saw a great flourishing of literature, especially in the fields of poetry and drama. The Italian Renaissance had rediscovered the ancient Greek and Roman theatre.
Pieces of Literature:
which is a play written by Sackville and Norton.
The Spanish Tragedy
which was a play written by Kyd.
which was probably the most popular play of its time and was written by William Shakespeare.
3 Authors:

who wrote the play Gorboduc.
who wrote the play "The Spanish Tragedy".
William Shakespeare
who was the most famous poet and author of his time and he wrote the play Hamlet and many others.
* The earlier seventeenth century, and especially the period of the English Revolution (1640–60), was a time of intense ferment in all areas of life — religion, science, politics, domestic relations, culture.

Pieces of Literature:
Mercurius Caledonius
which was Scotland's first
The Rover
which was popular in its time and was also written by Aphra Behn who was female writer and one of the only.
which was the most famous
of its time and written by the best poet of his era. (John Dryden)
3 Authors:
Thomas Sydserf
who was a famous playwriter and wrote the Mercurius Caledonius which was Scotland's first
Aphra Behn
who wrote the famous novel of her time The Rover and she was a big dramatist writer.
John Dryden
who was probably the most famous author of this time period but he wothe the famous poem MacFlecknoe.
At the turn of the century, fired by ideas of personal and political liberty and of the energy and sublimity of the natural world, artists and intellectuals sought to break the bonds of 18th-century convention.
The 18th century in Europe was The Age of Enlightenment and literature explored themes of social upheaval, reversals of personal status, political status, geographical exploration and the comparison between the natural state of man and the civilized state of man.
Pieces of Literature:

Gulliver's Travels
which is a book and even popular to this day.

Robinson Crusoe
which is another book and very popular for its time and still is today.
The Sick Rose
was William Blake's most famous poem.
3 Authors:
William Blake:
he wrote over 130 poems but his most famous is The Sick Rose.
Jonathan Swift:
he was a very well known author and writer during his time and his most famous book was Gulliver's Travels.

Daniel Defoe:
an author whose most famous is the book Robinson Crusoe.
The twentieth century introduces a cultural period in which individuals not only reject the past but also question the very basics of knowledge and consider the possibility that knowledge and concepts once thought to be fixed and objective are instead constantly shifting and questioning.
Pieces of Literature:
The Great Gatsby
is a very popular
from 1984 and is still popular today.
The Catcher in the Rye
is also a popular
and has been made into a movie.
is probably one of the most read
s of the 20th century.
3 Authors:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
who wrote The Great Gatspy.

J.D. Salinger
who wrote The Catcher in the Rye.

George Orwell
who wrote 1984.
While in the preceding Romantic period poetry had been the dominant genre, it was the novel that was most important in the Victorian period.
Pieces of Literature:
Pickwick Papers
which was Charles Dickens' first novel.
Vanity Fair
which was written in 1848.
was written in 1872.
They all three are
3 Authors:
Charles Dickens
who is arguably one of the best authors of all time.
William Thackeray
who well known during this time with multiple hit novels.
George Eliot
, and he wrote one the best books of this time with Middlemarch.
Pieces of Literature:
Lyrical Ballads
which was famous
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
was a popular
of this time.
The Prelude
which is also another
from this time.
3 Authors:
William Blake
who wrote The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
William Wordsworth
who wrote The Prelude.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
who wrote Lyrical Ballads.
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