Part I The Anglo-Saxon Period (449-1066)
The language it was written in is _____________.
Beowulf is about 3 fights: _______________; ___________________; _____________________
Part II The Anglo- Norman Period (1066-1350)
Norman Conquest’s 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
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”?
1) What is ballad? ____________,________________,________________,__________________
2) Thomas Percy: _____________________________________
Part IV. Renaissance (16th century)
Economy: enclosure movement
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 Hamlet’s mind. His deeply
passionate nature is complemented by a relentlessly logical intellect, which works furiously to find
a solution to his misery.
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