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Historical Periods

Historical Periods and Descriptions

Old English (Angelo-Saxon) 450-1066*; oral tradition, narrative poems, religious themes *Norman conquest of England by the French
Middle English 1066-1500; tales of knights and lords, religious themes
English Renaissance (Englnad) (1607-1780 considered Colonial in America) 1550-1660; lyric poetry, drama, social commentary
Neoclassical Period 1660-1798; "new classic" Return to Ancient Roman/ Greek leaders -plays -orations -fixed form poetry
Colonial Period 1650-1750; religious, historical writing, letters, personal narrative
Revolutionary Period (America) 1750-1800; political style with flowery language, travel writing
Romantic Period 1792-1832; nature writing and freedom of imagination
Early Victorian Age 1832-1870
American Renaissance 1840-1860; Gothic horror, idealism, and spiritual uplift
Realistic Period (American) 1865-1914 <-- (after civil war) social stories without obvious presence of the author
Naturalistic & Symbolistic Period (American Only) 1900-1930
Modernism 1900-1950 <--- after WWI experimental, unique voices, youth culture, and progress
First World War 1914-1918
Second World War 1939-1945
Postmodernist Period 1965-present <---- after WWII anti-heros, media culture, numerous irony, and social conflict
Created by: 05mademm