By Robert Huntington Fletcher

Jonathan quick, one other specific determine of very combined features, is like Defoe in that he connects the reign of William III with that of his successors and that, in line with the spirit of his age, he wrote for the main half no longer for literary yet for sensible reasons; in lots of different respects the 2 are largely various. rapid is among the top representatives in English literature of sheer highbrow strength, yet his personality, his goals, his atmosphere, and the conditions of his existence denied to him additionally literary success of the best everlasting value.

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THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES. ABOUT 1350 TO ABOUT 1500 35 A History of English Literature through the wars in France and her growing influence the second great infusion of Latin−French words was coming into the English language, he did what could be done for consistency in forms and spelling. Partly medieval and partly modern in spirit, he may fittingly stand at the close, or nearly at the close, of our study of the medieval period. CHAPTER IV. THE MEDIEVAL DRAMA For the sake of clearness we have reserved for a separate chapter the discussion of the drama of the whole medieval period, which, though it did not reach a very high literary level, was one of the most characteristic expressions of the age.

Ye (final) is a diphthong. g (not in ng and not initial) before e or i is like j. ' We might add: the life of spiritual mysticism and simplicity by Wordsworth; the completely balanced life by Tennyson; and the life of moral issues and dramatic moments by Robert Browning. JOHN GOWER. The three other chief writers contemporary with Chaucer contrast strikingly both with him and with each other. Least important is John Gower (pronounced either Go−er or Gow−er), a wealthy landowner whose tomb, with his effigy, may still be seen in St.

PERIOD III. THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES. ABOUT 1350 TO ABOUT 1500 32 A History of English Literature THE 'POPULAR' BALLADS. Largely to the fifteenth century, however, belong those of the English and Scottish 'popular' ballads which the accidents of time have not succeeded in destroying. We have already considered the theory of the communal origin of this kind of poetry in the remote pre−historic past, and have seen that the ballads continue to flourish vigorously down to the later periods of civilization.

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