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 great a bent She bettered those of Ypres and of Gent. In all the parish not  a dame dared stir Towards the altar steps in … 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 not only the public debate in Britain, but these artists' stand points and outlook as well, so as to understand their literary works and sources … 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, most of the poems of this first edition belonged to William Wordsworth, while only  four were contributed by Samuel T. Coleridge, among which, one of his … 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 WILLIAM GODWIN (1756-1836) and her mother, who died ten days after her birth, MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT (1759-1797) had been a writer and a fervent feminist activist who … 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 situation was somewhat dangerous, especially as we were compassed round by a very thick fog. We accordingly lay to, hoping that some change would take … 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 several months at Westminster copying the abbey’s monuments and where he acquired his taste for the marvellous medieval gothic architectural style of the abbey, along with … Continue reading WILLIAM BLAKE 1757-1827

Open Questions on Feudalism – HOMEWORK

Answer the following questions: What is the wergeld and what was its purpose? 2. What was Feudalism based on and how did it change the society of the time in England? 3. How did the English language change thanks to French? 4. Explain what the Common Law is and how it developed. 5. List the … Continue reading Open Questions on Feudalism – HOMEWORK

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 bonnets - allowing him to attend Eton for his studies where he came in contact with many aristocrats of the time and was very close to Horace Walpole, … 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 and, finally, with the SECOND GERNERATION OF ROMANTIC POETS. Before focussing on each EARLY ROMANTIC AGE writer, what follows is a brief outline of all … 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 already anticipated the themes that would be further developed in poetry as it was to become, once more, prevalent over prose writing. The most important … Continue reading THE ROMANTIC AGE