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Briish Lit: Periods

Periods in British Literature

The Cavalier and the Metaphysical Poets are examples of what literary period? Later Renaissance
• Aristocratic in heritage and taste • Loyal to the king • Unoriginal – modeled poetry on Sidney and Spenser, wanted to perfect techniques of lyric poetry • Carpe diem – seize the day – favorite theme • Ben Jonson, Andrew Marvell, Robert Herrick Cavalier poets
• Valued wit, intellect • Reacted to traditional themes and forms – wanted new ways to write poetry • Created original and complicated metaphors • John Donne, Herbert Metaphysical poets
•valued restraint, rationality, and dignity •chose public rather than private themes •avoided emotion, imagination and personal feeling •popularized satire •emphasized intellectual freedom, human capability, natural rights •saw God as benevolent Restoration
• Revolted against the order, traditionalism of the Age of Reason • Searched for freer artistic forms • Valued individual’s relationship to nature • Sought Beauty, truth, and wisdom • Perfected the lyric poem • Considered poetry the “spontaneous over Romantic
• Relates the poet and the poem, more personal themes • Emphasizes spontaneity and impulse of feeling • See nature poetry as meditative, blending the landscape with human life and passion • Glorifies the ordinary, everyday things • Includes the supern Wordsworth's Poetic Theory - Romantic Poetry
• Used visual descriptions and sound – pictorial, mellifluous, harsh • Changed tone, mood – distanced themselves from audience, bohemians • Influenced by novel – increased use of narrative in poetry (told stories) • Examined social relationships in mid Victorian
• Aesthetics - art for art’s sake - “High” art • Modernist Experiment, like stream-of-consciousness, imagists • New Nations – from former imperial dominions 20th Century
• Imagists - capture moments in pure, compressed images • Modernist – Ezra Pound (a Modernist and an Imagist) wrote that Modernist poets were looking for ways to “make it new” – a break from the past – experiments with language, rhythm and rhyme • Meta 20th Century Poetry
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