By Michael Alexander
A historical past of English Literature offers a complete survey of 1 of the richest and oldest literatures on the planet. awarded as a story, and usable as a piece of reference, this article deals an account of literature from the beginnings of English until eventually the current day. the writer starts by way of interpreting the scope of this kind of heritage by way of time, position, and the which means of "English". The classical prestige of any specific paintings is open to problem, and the suggestion of classical prestige itself is explored. The textual content is unrivalled in its use of pedagogical beneficial properties and shows, supplying useful insights into specific works, authors' biographies, and literary sessions.
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Troilus trusts her to return, and when her infidelity is proved, is killed. The sorrow is double: the tragedye has four books of sorrow, one of joy. In its ‘rhyme royal’ (a stanza rhyming ababbcc), Troie often rhymes with joie, and Criseyde with deyde. The end is foreknown: interest lies in its detailed unfolding. This story had been developed in Boccaccio’s Filostrato from the ‘Troy books’ elaborated in the Middle Ages out of Homer, Virgil and Statius. Chaucer’s version is the supreme English example of a doomed story of courtly love.
Geoffrey’s legendary history of the Island of Britain was put into English by Layamon. His 14,000-line Brut makes no distinction between the British and the English, thus allowing the English to regard Arthur, their British enemy, as English. Layamon was a priest from Worcestershire, an area where old verse traditions lasted. 1400). These qualities came from Old English verse, but Layamon’s metre is rough, employing the old formulas with less economy, mixing an irregular alliteration with internal rhyme.
Confession and conscience abound in Ricardian poetry (the poetry of the reign of Richard II). The Council also required the preaching of a homily at Mass after the gospel. It was chiefly in church that unlettered people heard speech composed with art. 1300-49). Such writing had revived with Bernard of Clairvaux, although there had been mystical writing in English since The Dream of the Rood in the 8th century. Rope had studied at Oxford and Paris, and his Latin works were much read in Europe. His English writings include the Ego Dormio (‘I sleep’) a meditation on the Old Testament Song of Songs as an allegory of Christ’s love for the Church and the soul, and a Psalter with an allegorical commentary.
A History of English Literature (Foundations) by Michael Alexander