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English Renaissance and Puritan Age: historical and social background

THE RENAISSANCE The  English Renaissance is a very long period which covers the whole of the 16th century and part of the 17th   up to the Restoration of monarchy. It is generally divided into shorter ones: the Elizabethan Age (or … Continue reading

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English Humanism and Renaissance:Prose-Poetry-Drama

The   term “Renaissance” derives from Latin “renascentia” and means “rebirth”. It was  used to indicate  the flowering of the arts and sciences and the changes in religious and philosophical thought.The historical event which gave origin to European Humanism and then … Continue reading

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THE CANTERBURY TALES: THE PROLOGUE – THE PRIORESS _ THE WIFE OF BATH

THE CANTERBURY TALES: THE PROLOGUE This is a modern version of the General Prologue. It is the opening of the poem. It is written in couplets, that is two successive rhymed lines of verse equal on length. We may divide … Continue reading

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GEOFFREY CHAUCER

Chaucer is the first great poet we meet in English literature. He is regarded as the “Father”   of English poetry   and of English language. He was the first poet to introduce the metrical form, including rhyme and stress, the iambic … Continue reading

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THE MIDDLE AGES

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: The Middle Ages goes approximately from 1066, the date of the Battle of Hastings, to 1500. The Normans, led by William the Conqueror, defeated the Anglo-Saxons and conquered Britain. As a result of the Norman conquest, England fell … Continue reading

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare is considered   the greatest English writer of all times. His works have been translated into more languages than any book in the world except the Bible. He contributed to the development of the English language. A large number of words … Continue reading

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SHAKESPEARE: HAMLET Act III Sc.1 To be or not to be

 Hamlet is one of the so-called “Golden Tragedies” of the third period. It is a “revenge tragedy” and deals with the use and misuse of power, honesty and dishonesty, corruption and ambition of power. It  has been   debated and analysed … Continue reading

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