英国文学史资料British Writers and Works
I. Old English Literature & The Late Medieval Ages
Epic:long narrative poems that record the adventures or heroic deeds of a hero enacted in vast landscapes. The style of epic is grand and elevated.
e.g. Homer?s Iliad and Odyssey
Definition of alliteration: a rhetorical device, meaning some words in a
sentence begin with the same consonant sound（头韵）
Some examples on P5
http://m.wendangku.net/doc/92a099fcfab069dc502201d1.htmling metaphor and understatement
Definition of understatement: expressing something in a controlled
way Understatement is a typical way for Englishmen to express their
Geoffery Chaucer 杰弗里?乔叟1340(?)~1400
The father of English poetry.
It is ____alone who, for the first time in English literature, presented to us a comprehensive (综合的，广泛的)realistic picture of the English society of his time and created a whole gallery of vivid characters from all walks of life. ( A )
A. Geoffrey Chaucer
B. Matin Luther
C. William Langland
D. John Gower
writing style: wisdom, humor, humanity.
first time to use …heroic couplet?(双韵体) by middle English
Medieval Ages’ popular Literary form: Romance(传奇故事)
Famous three：King Arthur
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
II The Renaissance Period
A period of drama and poetry. The Elizabethan drama is the real mainstream
of the English Renaissance.
Renaissance: the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world.
Three historical events of the Renaissance – rebirth or revival:
1.new discoveries in geography and astrology(占星术/学、星座)