History of english prose. Introduction: The Earlier History of English Prose by W. P. Ker. Vol. I. Fourteenth to Sixteenth Century. Henry Craik, ed. 1916. English Prose 2019-03-03

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A History of English Prose Rhythm by George Saintsbury

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Formed in 1949, the is the longest-running festival of its kind in the world. The first is a treatise, in dialogue form, on archery and the next is an educational work containing some ideas that were fairly fresh and entertaining. In bulk it is massive; in manner it is diffuse and involved; but it possesses a breadth, a depth and a searching wisdom that is rare and admirable. For example, Robert Herrick was not a courtier, but his style marks him as a Cavalier poet. Comments and querries are welcome as they will help improve the materials. This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.

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12 Classic Essays on English Prose Style

history of english prose

For the first time prose had risen to a position of first rate importance. With regard to prose, the greater proportion is written in middle style, the established medium in journalism, in all miscellaneous work and in majority of the novels. Malory never rises, as his original here does, out of romance into drama. During the 15 th century Latin dominated as the medium of expression while English came to its own in the 16 th century. That portion of his two thick volumes which is not made up of statistical tables, consists principally of , , , --all the worst of their respective kinds.


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In the fourteenth century one need not be surprised to find that a good deal of the prose of all the countries of Europe is a little monotonous and jaded. In 1765 he published his truly great work---- his edition of Shakespeare for which he wrote a fine preface, a landmark in Shakespeare criticism and scholarship. The was an especially important influence on the political thinking of many of the Romantic poets. It may be compared, even by temperate critics, to the Homeric poetry of Greece, and the comparison need not be misleading. This provoked riots and arrests, but Swift, who had no love of Irish , was outraged by the abuses he saw. The theme was taken up again and treated with a dissolute ostentation of sentiment, with tears and outcries. The poems' wistful evocation of doomed youth in the English countryside, in spare language and distinctive imagery, appealed strongly to late Victorian and Edwardian taste.

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Language of Old English Literature based on Poetry and Prose

history of english prose

He lays emphasis on the necessity of writing English for Englishmen. Though Wordsworth and Coleridge are great poets but they also contributed in the development Romantic prose by their critical works and treatises. Several aspects of word order will also strike the reader as oddly unlike ours. After long philosophising the book discusses Wordsworthian theory of poetry in a masterly fashion. Arnold 1822-88 was a man of many activities but now he holds his rank as a poet and a literary critic. Of his best known pamphlets, the first to be produced was Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents 1770 , which shows all his peculiar qualities and methods.

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12 Classic Essays on English Prose Style

history of english prose

One cannot separate the Morte D’Arthur from the old romances on the one hand, nor from the Elizabethans on the other. His substantial critical work is found in his specimens of English Dramatic Poets, who lived about the time of Shakespeare 1808 which is remarkable for its delicate insight and good literary taste. The prose of this age possesses a strongly religious or theological and philosophical character. It is the pattern of the middle style, never slipshod, or obscure, or unmelodious. Works written in the Elizabethan era include the comedy , tragedy , and history. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world , and other notations in the work. Nor did they forbear from bishop’s lands, or abbot’s, or priest’s, but plundered monks and clerks, and every man another, wherever he might.


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English literature

history of english prose

Thomas De Quincey 1785-1859 is one of the authors whose work has to be rigorously sifted. Besides Shakespeare the major poets of the early 17th century included the 1572—1631 and 1593—1633. In the 1930s the , sometimes called simply the Thirties poets, was an important group of politically left-wing writers, that included 1907—73 and two writers, 1904—72 and 1907-1963. His novels like Robinson Crusoe were landmarks in the growth of prose. The collection of his first essays appeared as Studies in the History of the Renaissance 1873. The first half of the 16th century was also a notable period for courtly lyric verse in the stricter sense of poems with musical settings, such as those found in the Devonshire Manuscript. Besides the translations, there were other didactic works in different departments.

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A number of philosophical works were also written. The series of lectures which he delivered in 1837 was published as On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History 1841. Julian, often regarded as the first English woman of letters, underwent a series of mystical experiences in 1373 about which she wrote in her , one of the foremost works of English spirituality by the standards of any age. Developing from Welsh, Irish and English tradition Sir Gawain highlights the importance of honour and chivalry. The of the post war period, typical of dramatists like and , were challenged in the 1950s by these , in plays like 's 1956.

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British literature

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The poets include; 1716—71 , 1751 ; 1731—1800 ; 1722—71 ; 1752—70 ; 1699—1746 ; and 1683—1765 , The Complaint, or on Life, Death and Immortality 1742—45. Bolingbroke prided himself on being both a patron of letters and a man of letters. He focused his attention always on form rather than subject matter. It is worth while to look out for places, like those already cited, where there is no trace of what is usually associated with the term medieval, no strained or feverish sentiment, no effusive and tautologous phrasing. With the advancement of periodical press the short essay takes a great stride forward. His greatest prose work is Areopagitica 1644 which is a noble and impassioned plea for the liberty of the press.


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