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8/14/2018

Age division of Literature History

   The history of English literature is very closely related to history of the English people. It begins with the emergence of the English Nation and kept on involving alone with the social development of the nation. In the history of this nation there had been several re and political changes. Scientific discoveries and inventions also changed the mode of life from time to time. All these historical changes brought about significant change in literature. So, in the history of English literature there were different phases of progress. Each of these phases, known as Age or Period, has been given a particular name, sometimes after the name of the King or Queen, sometimes after the name of a great writer , and sometimes according to the spirit of the time. Some of the ages have got more than one name because different historians have given them different names. Similarly the duration of a particular age also differ according to the choice of the historians. Apart from these, some of the ages are subdivided into smaller ages . Though the names and time-span of the ages of English literature differ from historian the following list derived from M. H. Abrams is dependable:    450-1066: The Old English Period or Anglo Saxon Period  1066-1500: The Middle English Period  * Anglo-Norman Period (1066-1340)  *The Age of Chaucer (1340-1400)   1500-1660: The Renaissance .                 *Elizabethan Age ( 1558-1603)               *Jacobean Age ( 1603-1625)               *The Caroline Age ( 1625-1649)              *The Commonwealth Period ( 1649-1660)    1660-1785: The Neo-classical Period             *The Age of Restoration ( 1660-1700)              *The Augustan Age ( 1700-1745)              *The Age of Sensibility ( 1745-1785)  1798-1832: The Romantic Period  1832-1901: The Victorian Period              *The Pre-Raphaelites ( 1848-1860)              *Aestheticism ( 1880-1901)  1901-1939: The Modern Period             *The Edwardian Period ( 1901-1910)            *The Georgian Period ( 1910-1936)  1939-....... : The Post-modern Period.  N.B. Augustine age also known as Age of Pope. And Age of Sensibility also known as The Age of Johnson.


The history of English literature is very closely related to history of the English people. It begins with the emergence of the English Nation and kept on involving alone with the social development of the nation. In the history of this nation there had been several re and political changes. Scientific discoveries and inventions also changed the mode of life from time to time. All these historical changes brought about significant change in literature. So, in the history of English literature there were different phases of progress. Each of these phases, known as Age or Period, has been given a particular name, sometimes after the name of the King or Queen, sometimes after the name of a great writer , and sometimes according to the spirit of the time. Some of the ages have got more than one name because different historians have given them different names. Similarly the duration of a particular age also differ according to the choice of the historians. Apart from these, some of the ages are subdivided into smaller ages . Though the names and time-span of the ages of English literature differ from historian the following list derived from M. H. Abrams is dependable:

450-1066: The Old English Period or Anglo Saxon Period
1066-1500: The Middle English Period
* Anglo-Norman Period (1066-1340)
*The Age of Chaucer (1340-1400) 
1500-1660: The Renaissance . 
              *Elizabethan Age ( 1558-1603)
             *Jacobean Age ( 1603-1625)
             *The Caroline Age ( 1625-1649)
            *The Commonwealth Period ( 1649-1660)

1660-1785: The Neo-classical Period
           *The Age of Restoration ( 1660-1700)
            *The Augustan Age ( 1700-1745)
            *The Age of Sensibility ( 1745-1785)
1798-1832: The Romantic Period
1832-1901: The Victorian Period
            *The Pre-Raphaelites ( 1848-1860)
            *Aestheticism ( 1880-1901)
1901-1939: The Modern Period
           *The Edwardian Period ( 1901-1910)
          *The Georgian Period ( 1910-1936)
1939-....... : The Post-modern Period.
N.B. Augustine age also known as Age of Pope. And Age of Sensibility also known as The Age of Johnson.

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