The first edition of Lord Ifor Evans1 A Short History of English Literature was hailed by the Observer: 3Professor Evans writes to the classical model, brief and . Secretary, the British Institute of Adult Education. A SHORT HISTORY OF. ENGLISH LITERATURE. BY. B. IFOR EVANS i;z 72, PE FOACES. Leave this boolc. (Staples 7s. 6d.) IN this two-hundred-page view of the whole of English literature the bones are all there and in the right proportions-; but the modelling of the.

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Little Women Penguin Classics. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. These false critics may have set many readers against the poet, but anyone who acquires his poems and reads them has at hand an enjoyment more varied and profound than any anticipation could conceive. The poet, more than any other writer, tries to look at words airesh.

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These three works are: It is true that his vision had limitations: This book, while written quite Appears to be more self-indulgent than informative. So on I ramble, now and then narrating, Now pondering: The difficulty of the writer is that words are used for all every- day purposes, so that they become worn, like coins rubbed by long use.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. His own life seems to have had a beauty and simplicity such as the lush monks had brought into their settlements in England ; but in him this simplicity was combined with an outstanding greatness of mind. Bring me my Row of burning gold; Bring trie my Arrows of desire: Lydgate and the others are far better judged independently for what they attempted to do. No trivia or quizzes yet. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

A Short History of English Literature

But the values of the poetry belong to the ifoor pagan age, with a sense of endurance, of fate, and of unfailing courage revealing a spirit that is never completely recaptured in any shkrt period, How strong was the old heroic spirit can be seen in the short poem ‘MaJdon 5 which was written soon after the Battle of Maldon in The very deep did rot: Women and non-English writers in the English language get either a bad press or they are overlooked altogether.


This is found most openly in his ‘Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands’, but it is present in ‘Ode to Evening’, and in the ‘Dirge in Cymbeline’.

Zoom page 17 June Through half the night, Scudding away from snare to snare, I plied That anxious visitation; – moon and stars Were shining o’er my head. But his appeal is to the mature mind, and it can only be regretted that his work has so often been forced on unwilling young readers, who may thus have been taught only to execrate a great name.

Thou hast made me, And shall thy work decay?

Some such image dwells in the mind even after his verses have been forgotten: Kittredge in his Chaucer and his Poetry who indicated how ‘vastly fortunate it was that Chaucer was born high enough in the social scale not to need holy orders as a means of escape from fnglish circumstances. The admirable Utters and Journals show how easily his whale nature flowed in this Literaature period and the result was the three satires through which his name as a poet is best remembered.

Sometimes it befell In these night wanderings, that a strong desire O’erpowered my better reason, and the bird Which was the captive of another’s toil Became my prey; and when the deed was done I heard among the solitary hills Low breathings coming after me, and sounds Shory undistinguishable motion, steps Almost as silent as the turf they trod. Life in ali these poems is sorrowful, and the speakers are fatalistic, though at the same time courageous and determined. He must approach them with a historical interest, or his taste will be offended and fnglish attention diverted.

The whole of his early life had been a dedication to poetry, and from his childhood he had stored his mind with the experience in nature which later he was to recall m his verse.

Alfred deserves to be remembered as one of the outstanding figures in our iustory – soldier, strategist, scholar, educator, adminis- trator. Donne’s restless- ness seems the anticipation of a sensitive personality, feel- ing not so much with his mind as with the ‘tips of Ms fingers’ the hostory which is to arise around him. Possibly his personality helped, though of this little is known.

A Short History of English Literature by Benjamin Ifor Evans

Anglo- Saxon jewellery and other objects of art testify that we are dealing with a far richer and more sophisticated civiliza- tion than the surviving remains would alone indicate. Of this older tradition the allegories of Stephen Hawes, especially The Pastime of Pleasure, are typical. A Name to all succeeding ages cursed. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Like all Anglo-Saxon poems it is written with a long line. The Angles brought the story of Beowulf with, them to England in the sixth century, and there somewhere after A.


He had the ambition to write, in English, poems which would be great and revered, as the classical epics of Homer and Vergil had been, or the new ambitious romantic poetry of Ariosto and Tasso. Surrey, who seemed to com- pose shortt less apparent effort, also practised the sonnet, though the most important of his experiments was the translation of the second and fourth books of Vergil’s Ameid into English blank verse.

I also thought this book was quite sexist – Christina Rossetti only gets a fo passing mention and Jane Austen gets about two pages. One has to stretch across the years to reach Drayton and Daniel, but John Donne 1 seems often to stand before us as a contemporary. He has been widely read and admired, but the English have not taken him to their hearts as they have done many a lesser man. If Grabbe shows that the older manner in poetry still had a fresh life, Thomas Chatterton in his imitations of medieval poetry gave evidence of that awakening of wonder which shotr to romantic poetry.

This justice of approach is coupled with a mastery of phrase, which makes the writing lively without being exhibitionistic.

Neither the Chaucerian nor the Shakespearian quality is there, despite his success as a dramatist in The Cenri.

Introduced here for the first time into English as a medium for translating from the Latin, blank verse was to become, through Marlowe’s employment, the great measure of English poetic drama, to be used by Shakespeare, and by other verse dramatists to the present day.