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Literary Periods

Shelby Thomas

Old English 450-1066, religious themes,narrative poems, oral tradition
Middle English 1066-1500, tales of knights & lords, religious themes
English Renaissance 1500-1660, lyric poetry, drama, social commentary
English Neoclassical 1660-1798, revival of ancient greek & roman ideals & democracy
American Colonial 1620-1750, religious, historical writing, letters, personal narratives
American Revolutionary 1750-1800, political style, with flowery language, travel writing
English Romanticism 1800-1860, nature writing and freedom of imagination
American Renaissance 1830-1860, gothic horror, idealism
English Victorian 1830-1870, nature writing & freedom of imagination, while Queen Elizabeth was still queen
American Realism 1855-1900, social stories with obvious presence of the author
Modernism 1900-1950, experimental, unique voices, youth culture and progress
Postmodernism 1950-present, anti-heroes, media culture, humorous irony, social conflict
Created by: 51shetho