Download A Short History of English Literature by Harry Blamires PDF

By Harry Blamires

`It is sweet to work out a reprint and whole updating of this famous old travel de strength, with its proof of enormous analyzing and actually hundreds of thousands of important facts.' - occasions academic complement

  • This identify on hand in e-book layout. click on right here for additional info.
  • Visit our eBookstore at:
  • Show description

    Read or Download A Short History of English Literature PDF

    Best english literature books

    Charles Dickens: The Critical Heritage (The Collected Critical Heritage : 19th Century Novelists)

    The serious background gathers jointly a wide physique of severe resources on significant figures in literature. each one quantity offers modern responses to a writer's paintings, allowing scholars and researchers to learn the works for themselves.

    Subjectivities: A History of Self-Representation in Britain, 1832-1920

    This comparative research attracts on working-class autobiography, public and boarding institution memoirs, and the canonical autobiographies by means of men and women within the uk to outline subjectivity and cost inside of social category and gender in 19th- and early twentieth-century Britain. Gagnier reconsiders conventional differences among brain and physique, deepest wish and public sturdy, aesthetics and application, and truth and price within the context of way of life.

    Medieval Reading: Grammar, Rhetoric and the Classical Text

    This publication investigates how humans discovered to learn within the center a while. It makes use of glosses--medieval academics' notes--on classical Latin texts to teach how those advanced works have been utilized in a truly uncomplicated and literal means within the school room, and argues that this has profound implications for our knowing of medieval literacy and hermeneutics.

    Memorial : a version of Homer's Iliad

    During this bold new paintings, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad the anger of Achilles, the tale of Helen in desire of getting to its atmospheres: the prolonged similes that convey a lot of the normal order into the poem and the corresponding litany of the war-dead, such a lot of whom are little greater than names yet each one of whom lives and dies unforgettably and unforgotten within the copious retrospect of Homer s look.

    Additional info for A Short History of English Literature

    Example text

    By this point the poem is already heavy with sadness, its heroine weighed down under the burden of suffering and remorse alike; for Henryson’s oppressively moralistic tone matches the intensity of his feeling: but now the agony becomes something rarely fine and dramatic, for Troilus passes by the hideous beggar: something faintly reminds him of his darling Cresseid and he gives a generous sum. When Cresseid asks who it is that was so kind, another leper identifies Troilus. Cresseid is overcome by grief and remorse: she writes a will bequeathing a ring to Troilus, and dies.

    The Scottish king is married to Dorothea, daughter of Henry VII, but his wayward passion for Ida, daughter of the Countess of Arran, is fanned by the villainous Ateukin (another disciple of Machiavel). The Queen remains faithful and devoted even after an attempt on her life. Ida is chaste against royal pressure and marries Eustace for love. The two firm and attractive women are finely portrayed. The blank verse is more disciplined and, at suitable points, veers into tidy couplets. William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was the son of a Stratford-onAvon tradesman important enough to hold the highest municipal office.

    The one book of comparable significance in English literary history to that of the Bible is the Book of Common Prayer. Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556) was in charge of the preparation of the Prayer Book of 1549 (in the reign of Edward VI) on which the Prayer Book of 1662 was based. What cannot be ascertained with confidence is the extent of Cranmer’s personal contribution to the production of the text. His own original literary work in the field of theological controversy is not inspiring. Yet the achievement of the Book of Common Prayer in matching the Latin liturgy with an English rendering that has solemnity, beauty and sublimity, and yet is fresh and sinewy in its Englishness, is a remarkable one.

    Download PDF sample

    Rated 4.46 of 5 – based on 50 votes