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Literature: English Literature

English Literature Timeline

Time Span, Terms, Movements, Examples
600-1200 Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Beowulf
1200-1500 Middle English Geoffrey Chaucer
1500-1660 The English Renaissance
1500-1558 Tudor Period Humanist Era Thomas More, John Skelton
1558-1603 Elizabethan Period High Renaissance Edmund Spenser,

Sir Philip Sidney,

William Shakespeare

1603-1625 Jacobean Period Mannerist Style (1590-1640) other styles: Metaphysical Poets; Devotional Poets Shakespeare, John Donne, George Herbert,

Emilia Lanyer

1625-1649 Caroline Period John Ford, John Milton
1649-1660 The Commonwealth & The Protectorate Baroque Style, and later, Rococo Style Milton, Andrew Marvell, Thomas Hobbes
1660-1700 The Restoration John Dryden
1700-1800 The Eighteenth Century The Enlightenment; Neoclassical Period;

The Augustan Age

Alexander Pope,

Jonathan Swift,

Samuel Johnson

1785-1830 Romanticism The Age of Revolution William Wordsworth,

S.T. Coleridge, Jane Austen,

the Brontës

1830-1901 Victorian Period Early, Middle and Late Victorian Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Robert Browning, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
1901-1960 Modern Period The Edwardian Era


The Georgian Era


G.M. Hopkins,

H.G. Wells, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence,

T.S. Eliot

1960- Postmodern and Contemporary Period

Ted Hughes, Doris Lessing, John Fowles, Don DeLillo, A.S. Byatt

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Charles Dickens at work on a manuscript.

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