A History of English Literature (Foundations) by Michael Alexander

By Michael Alexander

A background of English Literature presents a accomplished survey of 1 of the richest and oldest literatures on this planet. awarded as a story, and usable as a piece of reference, this article bargains an account of literature from the beginnings of English until eventually the current day. the writer starts off via reading the scope of this sort of background 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 positive aspects and indicates, providing worthwhile insights into specific works, authors' biographies, and literary classes.

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1330, which Chaucer may have known. The Greek Orpheus and Eurydice become English. Sir Orfeo is lord in Winchester; he loses Dame Heurodis to a Fairy King who abducts her from her orchard to a Celtic underworld. After ten years grieving in the wilderness, Orfeo follows a fairy hunt through a hillside into the underworld, where he wins back Heurodis with his harping. He returns to Winchester disguised as a beggar, and plays so well that the Steward asks about the harp. When told that the harper had found it by the corpse of a man eaten by wolves, the Steward swoons.

The Britons were pleased, as were the Bretons and their neighbours the French-speaking Normans who ruled Britain and, with the Franks, much of Normans. It was in northern France that the legends of Arthur and his Round Table Europe during the period of the were further improved before they re-crossed the Channel to the northern half of the Crusades. Norman kingdom. The Normans had conquered southern Scotland, Wales and Crusades The series of expeditions Ireland, which were now included in the Arthurian story.

The Horse of Fame is a three-part vision in which the dreaming poet finds himself in a Temple of Venus, its glass walls engraved with the story of Dido and Aeneas. In Book II, Chaucer is carried up in the air by an Eagle who discourses on the theory of sound, to the House of Fame (Rumour, but also Poetry), a bewildering place described in Book III. ’. The Parlement of Fowls Chaucer’s first completed work is a dream, his second a broken dream; his next, The Parlement of Fowls, is a dream ending in a puzzle.

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