A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE BY IFOR EVANS PDF

Pramod K. The Anglo-Saxon Period the earliest time 1. Chapter II. The Medieval Period th century 1.

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Pramod K. The Anglo-Saxon Period the earliest time 1. Chapter II. The Medieval Period th century 1. Social background: the Norman conquest under William, Duke of Normandy, the battle of Hastings in ; the mark of establishment of feudalism 2.

For example, ideas of patience, purity, and truth are symbolized by the persons who are characters in the story. Of paramount importance are the ballads of Robin Hood. The romances had nothing to do with the common people. They were composed for the noble, of the noble, and in most cases by the poets patronized by the noble. The romance of King Arthur is comparatively the more important for the history of English literature.

Chapter III. English Renaissance 15th and 16th century 1. Two features are striking of this movement: thirsting curiosity for the classical literature and the keen interest in the activities of humanity. He was not of an age, but for all time! Chapter IV. The Period of Revolution and Restoration the 17th century 1. The Period of Enlightenment and Classicism the 18th century 1.

Social background: the age of Enlightenment or the age of Reason, a progressive intellectual movement, to enlighten the whole world with the light of modern philosophical and artistic idea, to celebrate reason, equality and science, call for a reference to order, reason and rules.

Dissatisfied with reason, sentimentalists turned to sentiment, to the human heart. They resorted to the countryside for its material. Sentimentalist poetry marks the midway in the transition from classicism to romanticism.

The Romantic Period the turn of the 18th and 19th century 1. Social background: two important revolutionsthe French Revolution of and the English Industrial Revolution 2. It also places the individual at the center of art, making literature most valuable as an expression of his or her unique feelings and particular attitudes; Nature is not only the major source of poetic imagery, but also provides the dominant subject matter; Romantics also tend to be nationalistic.

They traversed the same path in politics and in poetry, first inspired by French Revolution, later changed into conservative. Critical Realistic Period the mid and late 19th century 1.

Social background: the struggle between workers and capitalists; the Chartist Movement; the Victorian morality 2. Literature: Fiction is the highest achievement with Dickens as its representative. They were all concerned about the fate of the common people. Chapter VIII. The Modern Period the 20th century 1. Literature: Modernism rises out of skepticism and disillusion of capitalism, takes the irrational philosophy and the theory of psycho-analysis as its theoretical base.

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A Short History of English Literature. Ifor Evans. Staples 7s. IN this two-hundred-page view of the whole of English literature the bones are all there and in the right proportions-; but the modelling of the flesh is necessarily shall we say? For however well this sort of work is done, and the Principal of Queen Mary College has done it admirably, it is by its very nature bound to distort.

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