Part I-IV

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Part I-IV

    Part I The Anglo-Saxon Period (449-1066)

    1. background


    2. literature



    3. Beowulf

    The language it was written in is _____________.

    Beowulf is about 3 fights: _______________; ___________________; _____________________

    Part II The Anglo- Norman Period (1066-1350)

    1. background

    Norman Conquests 3 effects: ________________, __________________, _________________ 2. literature

    Metrical Romances, or tale in verse

    King Arthur and his Round Table Knights

    Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur and Monmouth’s History are the most important


    Part III Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400)

    1. background: ____________ was crumbling, ____________ on the wane. 2. Geoffrey Chaucer: works

3. Canterbury Tales

    It gathers ____ pilgrims from all walks of life, and collects ____ stories they told on their way to

    ___________________________. It opens with a ________ in which all these characters are

    vividly portrayed.

    1) Chaucer is called a founder of realism in English literature. Why?

    2) Chaucer is considered a forerunner of Renaissance in England. Why?

3) Why Chaucer is called the father of English poetry?

4. Ballads

    1) What is ballad? ____________,________________,________________,__________________

    2) Thomas Percy: _____________________________________

    Part IV. Renaissance (16th century)

    1. Background

    Economy: enclosure movement


    Foreign relations:




    2. literature

    Thomas Wyatt

    Thomas More

    Edmund Spenser

    John Lyly

    Christopher Marlowe

    3. Shakespeare

    During the 22 years of his literary work he produced ___ plays, ____ narrative poems and _____

    sonnets. His 2 narrative poems are: _________________________ 1) Sonnet/What is Shakespearean sonnet?

    Sonnet 18: Best known sonnet, In this lyric he gives praise to his friend's unmatched beauty, and

    his confidence in the everlasting power of his poem.


    4 Great Tragedies:


    Soliloquy: To be or not to be?

    this speech is important for what it reveals about the quality of Hamlets mind. His deeply

    passionate nature is complemented by a relentlessly logical intellect, which works furiously to find

    a solution to his misery.

    2) Comedies

    Merchant of Venice: Shylock, Antonio, Bassanio, Portia

    3) Shakespeare's influence

    The English language owes a great debt to Shakespeare. He invented over 1700 of our common words. (birthplace, bump, torture, olympian, and mountaineer) Shakespeare influenced every generation of writers since his death and still today has some level

    of impact on contemporary plays, movies, and poems.

    4. F. Bacon


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