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By Michael Alexander

A historical past of English Literature offers a finished 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 till the current day. the writer starts off through reading the scope of any such historical past when it comes to time, position, and the which means of "English". The classical prestige of any specific paintings is open to problem, and the thought of classical prestige itself is explored. The textual content is unrivalled in its use of pedagogical beneficial properties and indicates, delivering valuable insights into specific works, authors' biographies, and literary sessions.

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Alysoun’ opens: Bitwene March and Averil, When spray beginneth to springe, The litel foul hath hire wil, bird On hyre lede to synge. her language I live in love-longinge, For semeliest of alle thynge, She may me blisse bringe, Ich am in hire baundoun. control An hendy hap ich have y-hent, lucky chance received Ichot from hevene it is me sent, I know From alle wommen my love is lent has gone And light on Alysoun. alighted [p. 45] From a French late 15th-century manuscript showing the Labours of the Month.

He leaves us to decide between owl and nightingale. Lyrics The nightingale had become the bird of love in Provençal lyrics of the early 12th century. In these first lyrics of courtly love, the service due to a feudal lord was transferred to a lady. Whatever the relation of this literary cult to real-life wooing, it is not found in classical literature. The refinement and abundance of Provençal song - literature is unmatched in North French and English lyric. Yet the love-song of birds echoes clearly in the lyrics of the early-14th-century Harley manuscript.

Wyclif’s attacks on Church abuses won support, but his denial of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist was heresy; his followers, known as Lollards, were repressed, and his own polemics suppressed. Wyclif was a reformer, not a writer of English. The Bible his followers produced lacks the qualities which made Luther’s version the exemplar of modern German. Secular prose Since the end of the Peterborough Chronicle in 1154, English secular prose – non-religious prose - had been used for practical matters, but in Richard II’s reign English came into general use.

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