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Literature after Shakespeare
England's Metaphysical poets: 17th century
A group of English poets of the early 17th century who share a love of intellectual ingenuity.
The group share a love of intellectual ingenuity, literary allusion and paradox, using language, images and rhythms.
John Donne, stretches from erotic delights (Love's Progress, or To his Mistress Going to Bed)
George Herbert writes only devotional poems. Published just after his death in a single volume, The Temple (1633),
Andrew Marvell's poems are published in 1681, three years after his death.
Milton the polemicist: 1641-1660
Milton the poet in a period of crisis in English history.
Milton enters the government when the Civil War has been won by parliament
In March 1649 he is appointed Latin secretary to Cromwell's council of state.
The royalists publish,a powerful propaganda volume called Eikon Basilike ('image of a king').
Milton responds with Eikonoklastes ('image breaker'), but he can do little to dent the power and immediacy of the opposing volume.
Milton the young poet: 1632-1638
John Milton's poems is published in 1645, include (On the Morning of Christ's Nativity and a linked pair, L'Allegro and Il Penseroso)
Milton's fellow student died in the Irish Sea and his memory he writes Lycidas, published with the other elegies in 1638.
Milton's masque Comus is performed, in 1634 at a grand ceremonial occasion in Ludlow castle.
Paradise Lost: 1667
In 1660, Charles II published The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth.
Milton is in real danger in the early months of the restored monarchy.
Milton's lack of personal skill in politics
Paradise Lost uses the first three chapters of Genesis to describee the fall of Satan and his rebel angels.
The writing of this great work by the blind poet provides one of the most evocative scenes of English literary history.
Milton went blind since 1652 but contiu working
During the last weeks of 1659 a 26-year-old Londoner buys himself a handsome leather-bound volume with all its pages blank.
He senses that the new decade will be an interesting one in politics
Samuel Pepys has launched into the great adventure of recording the minutiae of his daily life.
The word 'diary', in the sense of a personal record
He records on 19 December 1664 that he feels a little guilty, lying in bed with his wife, because his mind keeps running on what he hopes to do tomorrow with the wife of a certain Bagwell. The next day we learn that he has succeeded.
The Pilgrim's Progress: 1678
The Pilgrim's Progress from this world, to that which is to come is published in 1678.
The Pilgrim's Progress in solemn English households is easy to understand.
A new Augustan Age: 1702-1714
Literary life in England flourishes so impressively in the early years of the 18th century
The oldest of the Augustan authors, Jonathan Swift, first makes his mark in 1704 with The Battle of the Books and A Tale of a Tub.
The Scottish Enlightenment: 1748-1785
Enlightenment, in its emphasis on rational processes and the potential of scientific research.
Decline and Fall: 1764-1788
The eventual offspring of that moment is The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published between 1776 and 1778.
The six volumes cover a vast sweep of European history from the 2nd centuryto the fall of Constantinople in 1453.