Lecture One An Introduction
Selected Reading in English and American Literature
To acquaint students with
the historical development of English and American literature
some famous literary works written by English and America
(early 20thC-mid 20thC)
the irrational, private, subjective;
A leading spokesman of the "Imagist Movement,"
the psychological, the spiritual, the abnormal;
the inner being, the psychic time, chaos;
free experimentation on new forms and new techn
Hours of Idleness, created by Byron, is a _
A. Play B poem volume C lyrical verse D novel
English Bards and Scotland Reviewers, a satirical poem, is created by _
A. William Wordsworth B. Gordon Byron C. Southey D. William Blake
Which of the
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
one of the most popular American poets of the twentieth century
A four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Frost received special recognition by Congress in
1960 and the following January, at age eighty-six, had the honor of
English Literary History
The Renaissance Period
from the 14th century to mid-17th century
Renaissance :the revival interest in antique authors and the Greek and Roman civilization
English Renaissance began in the 15th century- England's Golden Age
Designed by Ada
common, ordinary life,
realistic presentation of human nature and experience,
truthful treatment of material,
function of environment in shaping character
A great Ameri
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
I was the Dreamer,
they the Dream
In 1770, April 17th , Born in Cockermouth, Cumberland
In 1787, Cambridge University
In 1790, Visited France; second time in1791
And had a love affair with Annette Vallon
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
2 long narrative poems
All the world 's a stage,
And all the men and
women merely players. he world 's a stage,
And all the men and
women merely players.
An Introduction to Poetry
What is poetry?
Poetry is the artistic expression of the human thoughts and feelings in rhythmical, and
Lays more stress on rhythm, imagery, emotion and imagination.
Why is poetry difficult?
The Bronte Sisters
The story of the three Bronte sisters, all literary, all talented and all dying young, is one of the
saddest pages in the history of English literature.
British Writers and Works
I. Old English Literature & The Late Medieval Ages
<Beowulf>:the national epic of the Anglo-Saxons
Epic: long narrative poems that record the adventures or heroic deeds of a hero
enacted in vast landscapes. The style of epic is
Important literary events, trends;
characteristics. Text analysis.
Early and Medieval English Literature
The Celtic tribes -the earliest inhabitants of Britain.
Beowulf is the national epic of the Anglo-Saxons, it te
1The earliest form of literature in Anglo-Saxon period was oral.
2Anglo-Saxon Beowulf national epic of the Anglo-Saxons alliteration
3Religious poet Caedmon story in Bible
4The first great book in prose in English is Anglo-Saxon Chronicle(AD1 to 1154)