The Wife of Bath, G. Chaucer – HOMEWORK

GEOFFREY CHAUCER (approx. 1340-1400)Excerpt from the General Prologue A worthy woman from beside Bath city Was with us, somewhat deaf, which was a pity. In making cloth she showed so … Continue reading The Wife of Bath, G. Chaucer – HOMEWORK

THE SECOND GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS

  Before introducing this last group of Romantic Poets, the one known as that of the Second Generation, it is necessary to underline the political and historical issues that greatly influenced … Continue reading THE SECOND GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS

FIRST GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS – WILLIAM WORDSWORTH AND SAMUEL T. COLERIDGE

FIRST GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS The beginning of the British Romantic Movement is generally considered to have been marked by the collection of poems titled Lyrical Ballads, first published in 1798, … Continue reading FIRST GENERATION ROMANTIC POETS – WILLIAM WORDSWORTH AND SAMUEL T. COLERIDGE

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY (1797-1851)

BIOGRAPHY   MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY (1797-1851) was born in London, daughter of two eminent figures of the English intellectual circle of that time, in fact her father was the philosopher … Continue reading MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY (1797-1851)

Excerpt from M. Shelley’s “Frankestein or the Modern Prometheus” (1818)

Letter 4 “Last Monday (July 31st) we were nearly surrounded by ice, which closed in the ship on all sides, scarcely leaving her the sea-room in which she floated. our … Continue reading Excerpt from M. Shelley’s “Frankestein or the Modern Prometheus” (1818)

WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827

  BIOGRAPHY William Blake (1757-1827) was born in London to a very humble family, at a very young age he was sent as an apprentice to an engraver for whom he spent … Continue reading WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827

THOMAS GRAY 1716-1771

  THOMAS GRAY (1716-1771), was born in Cornhill, London. He belonged to the well-off middle class – his father was a scribe and his mother owned a shop of hats and … Continue reading THOMAS GRAY 1716-1771

EARLY ROMANTIC AGE – OUTLINE

For studying convenience purposes we will divide the ROMANTIC AGE in three separate sections, the first combines those authors that are normally considered EARLY ROMANTIC AGE writers, followed by the FIRST GENERATION OF ROMANTIC POETS … Continue reading EARLY ROMANTIC AGE – OUTLINE

THE ROMANTIC AGE

Literary Outlook and Themes The last thirty years of the 18th century paved the way to the Romantic Age introducing new ideas and different perspectives. Richardson, in his novels, had … Continue reading THE ROMANTIC AGE

SAMUEL RICHARDSON (1689-1761)

Unlike the previous writers of the Augustan Age, Richardson came from a humble background, he was not very educated and, while still very young, he was sent to London to work … Continue reading SAMUEL RICHARDSON (1689-1761)

JONATHAN SWIFT (1667-1745)

JONATHAN SWIFT (1667-1745) Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin of English parents, he did not do well as a student but he was eventually granted his degree by “Special Grace”. … Continue reading JONATHAN SWIFT (1667-1745)