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The General Prologue Audio. John Milton's Paradise Lost The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions - Click play button to listen to Mark Rylance reciting the invocation to the muse from Paradise Lost and Sonnet XXII.

John Milton's Paradise Lost The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions -

Listen to NPR broadcast of Morgan Curator Declan Kiely discussing Paradise Lost » Composition John Milton was born in London on 9 December 1608. During the 1640s he wrote a series of pamphlets in defense of political, religious, and civil liberty, becoming the foremost polemicist of his day. He published his first collection of poems in 1646. Milton composed the ten books of Paradise Lost between 1658 and 1663. The only surviving manuscript of Paradise Lost is this 33-page fair copy, written in secretary script by a professional scribe, who probably transcribed patchwork pages of text Milton had dictated to several different amanuenses.

Publication The Licensing Act, which was suspended during Cromwell's term as lord protector, was renewed in 1662. Milton sold Paradise Lost to the printer Samuel Simmons for £5. Photography by Graham Haber. William Blake's World: "A New Heaven Is Begun" The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions - William Blake's World: "A New Heaven Is Begun" | IntroductionSeptember 11, 2009, through January 3, 2010 William Blake (1757–1827) occupies a unique place in the history of Western art.

William Blake's World: "A New Heaven Is Begun" The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions -

His creativity included both the visual and literary arts. In his lifetime he was best known as an engraver; now he is also recognized for his innovative poetry, printmaking, and painting. The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400) [Chaucer Biography] GEOFFREY CHAUCER, English poet.

The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400) [Chaucer Biography]

The name Chaucer, a French form of the Latin calcearius, a shoemaker, is found in London and the eastern counties as early as the second half of the 13th century. Some of the London Chaucers lived in Cordwainer Street, in the shoemakers' quarter; several of them, however, were vintners, and among others the poet's father John, and probably also his grandfather Robert. Legal pleadings inform us that in December 1324 John Chaucer was not much over twelve years old, and that he was still unmarried in 1328, the year which used to be considered that of Geoffrey's birth. The poet was probably born from eight to twelve years later, since in 1386, when giving evidence in Sir Richard le Scrope's suit against Sir Robert Grosvenor as to the right to bear certain arms, he was set down as "del age de xl ans et plus, armeez par xxvij ans.

" The Chaucer Review - Reinventing Chaucer: Helgeland's A Knight's Tale. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The Chaucer Review 37.3 (2003) 253-264 We walk in the garden of his turbulence!

The Chaucer Review - Reinventing Chaucer: Helgeland's A Knight's Tale

(A Knight's Tale) For those Chaucerians who anticipated Brian Helgeland's A Knight's Tale as a faithful screen version of Chaucer's Knight's Tale, the film must surely disappoint. Although a knight does indeed joust to win a lady, there is little connection—apart from the title—between this delightfully anachronistic fairy tale and Chaucer's sobering meditation on the inadequacies of human and divine justice. A Knight's Tale potentially represents a form of literary symbiosis, that is, when the meaning in an original text is affected by its invocation, adaptation or continuation in a later text. E211 Guide to Chaucer Pronunciation. E211: British Literature to 1760 Pronouncing Chaucer's English Alfred Drake | Uni Hall 329 | W 3-4 | Linda Georgianna, UCI 1. Consonants Nearly all consonants in Middle English (ME) are pronounced; furthermore, nearly all are pronounced individually with exactly the same sound they have in Modern English.

Did Climate Inspire the Birth of a Monster? Hide captionBoris Karloff is shown in character as Frankenstein's monster in this movie still from the 1931 Universal film.

Did Climate Inspire the Birth of a Monster?

Bettman/Corbis Boris Karloff is shown in character as Frankenstein's monster in this movie still from the 1931 Universal film. <i>Frankenstein</i> Quiz. William Blake's Notebook. Taking Liberties - Star Items - William Blake'snotebook. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Questions. Education: Ph.D., University of MichiganB.A., M.A., University of Kentucky Teaching: English Composition I and IIBritish Literature Survey I and IIRomantic LiteratureVictorian LiteratureModern British LiteratureAnglo-Irish LiteratureIrish Myth and Folklore Teaching and Research Areas: The Invention of Tradition in Browning, Yeats and PoundRobert Browning’s Later PoetryAubrey Beardsley’s illustrations of PopeThomas Hardy’s PoetryJames JoyceContemporary Irish PoetryThe English NovelIrish Myth and Folklore.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Questions

Film Network - Films - The Periwig Maker. Legacies - Myths and Legends - England - Derby - Living with the plague - Article Page 1. The plague arrives When the Great Plague struck London in 1665, the country was only too aware of the devastation this kind of epidemic could wreak.

Legacies - Myths and Legends - England - Derby - Living with the plague - Article Page 1

The Black Death was first diagnosed in 1348 and wiped out nearly a third of England’s population. No-one knew the cause and it was not until the 20th Century that scientific research revealed that both the bubonic and the pneumonic plague were caused by rats. Like the Black Death, the Great Plague was by no means confined to London. The Victorian Prose Archive, Alfred J. Drake. Witchcraft Documents [15th Century] Back to Medieval Source Book | ORB Main Page | Links to Other Medieval Sites | The really intense period of persecution of witches did not come until the late 16th and 17th centuries.

Witchcraft Documents [15th Century]

The basic doctrines of the later witchcraze were laid down in documents of the later medieval period. These documents built on longstanding folk beliefs which were put in vaguely academic dress. There has been much recent discussion of whether witches actually existed. For a long period the whole discussion was seen as a mirror of psychological anxieties.

Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400) "The Canterbury Tales" (in middle english and modern english) Chaucer Wiki. Chaucer 341 Course Page @ Virginia Military Institute. This website is a link on the Chaucer Metapage Here are some Internet resources for the study of Chaucer Chaucer Bibliographies Studies in the Age of Chaucer (SAC) Bibliography - This is one of the most useful tools available for the study of Chaucer, a searchable, annotated bibliography of every book and article written about Chaucer since 1975 (a few items go back to 1973).

Chaucer 341 Course Page @ Virginia Military Institute

The annotations are excellent and will give you a good idea whether or not you need to look at the work. Modern Chaucer: Street Talk and a Dance Beat. There's a new twist on using modern music to teach youngsters about old subjects.

Modern Chaucer: Street Talk and a Dance Beat

Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman has taken some of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and set them to a beat. We hear a bit of his performances. Copyright © 2005 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. The Canterbury Tales Prologue. Pronunciation Help First 18 lines of the General Prologue Whan that Aprille with his shoores soote Wan thot A'prill with his sure-es so-tuh The drought of March hath perced to the roote The drewgt of March hath pear-said to the row-tuh And bathed every vein in swich liquor And ba-thed every vane in sweech lee-coor.

The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens. The King sits in Dunfermline town, Drinking the blood-red wine; "O where shall I get a skeely skipper To sail this ship or mine? " Then up and spake an eldern knight, Sat at the King's right knee: "Sir Patrick Spens is the best sailor That ever sailed the sea. " The King has written a broad letter, And sealed it with his hand, And sent it to Sir Patrick Spens, Was walking on the strand. "To Noroway, to Noroway, To Noroway o'er the foam; The King's daughter of Noroway, 'Tis thou must fetch her home. " Get Up and Bar the Door [image 435x500 pixels] It fell about the Martinmas time, And a gay time it was then, When our goodwife got puddings to make, And she ’s boil’d them in the pan. The wind sae cauld blew south and north, And blew into the floor; Quoth our goodman to our goodwife, ‘Gae out and bar the door.’

‘My hand is in my hussyskap, Goodman, as ye may see, An’ it shou’dna be barr’d this hundred year, It ’s no be barr’d for me.’ 20. Get Up and Bar the Door. Traditional Ballads. 1909-14. English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray. The Harvard Classics. Archive. History - Conquest Trail. History - Ages of English Timeline. History - Anglo-Saxons. Anglo-Saxon (Old English) Anglo-Saxon is the language that was spoken more than a thousand years ago in the southern part of what is now England. It is also called Old English and is the mother tongue from which Modern English is descended. But to speakers of Modern English it looks like an entirely different language. The following example, the first few lines from the epic poem Beowulf, will persuade you that we're not talking Shakespeare here: Turning the Pages™, the British Library.

Electronic Beowulf-Digital Collections Inventory. Resources for the Study of Beowulf. Beowulf at the British Library. Beowulf Study Guide. Primary History - Anglo Saxons - Who were they? History - Viking Quest. Anglo Saxons. History - Overview: Anglo-Saxons, 410 to 800. Venom, To Thy Work, Buddy - Clips. HAMLET (FACEBOOK NEWS FEED EDITION). Written by Sarah Schmelling. Stick Figure Hamlet - The Greatest Work of Literature in Human History... Now With Pictures. What's Shakespeare to Us, and We to Him? Plenty. Bronte, Blake, Wilde – read their hand-written manuscripts online. South Park Does Hamlet's death scene.

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