Neoclassical Poetry Characteristics

Introduction Neoclassical literature was written between 1660A.D. – 1798 A.D. It was a time of both formality and artificiality. Writers of the Neoclassical period tried to imitate the style of the Romans and Greeks. Thus the combination of the two terms- ‘neo’ which means ‘new’ and ‘classical’ which means ‘as in the day of the … Read more

Neoclassical Drama; Decline, Features and Dramatists

Introduction During the 18th century, drama steadily declined. Only remarkable dramatists shone out during this age. Goldsmith and Sheridan were the two prominent figures who continued to enrich dramatic literature by their productions, otherwise, there was hardly any dramatist of the status of the Restoration or the Elizabethan dramatists during the age. Decline of Neoclassical … Read more

Neoclassical Prose and the Writers

Introduction Mathew Arnold called 18th century in English Literature as the “age of prose and reason, our excellent and indispensable 18th century”. Thus Neoclassical age is primarily the “age of prose and reason”. As compared to poetry, the prose of Neoclassical age developed more. The poetry of the period developed the qualities of prose such as clearness, … Read more

Neoclassical Period in English Literature

Introduction Neoclassical literature has been written in a period where social order was undergoing a tremendous change. In the so-called Enlightenment Period, people believed that natural passions aren’t necessarily good; natural passions must be subordinated to social needs and be strictly controlled. Authors believed that reason was the primary basis of authority. They believed that social needs … Read more

Restoration Prose in Literature

Introduction The Restoration Age was an important era in the development of English prose. It was the period when English prose moved from antiquity to modernity. The prose before the Restoration Age is characterised by word-excess, complexity etc. But prose in and after the Restoration Age has the modern qualities of clarity, precision and simplicity. … Read more

Restoration Period Poetry Characteristics

Introduction The restoration poetry was most satirical, realistic and written in heroic couplet; of which Dryden was the supreme master. He was a dominating figure of the Restoration Age. He wrote poetries, prose and also dramas. For this reason, Restoration Age is also called the “Age of Dryden” Characteristics Moderation Restoration poetry is considered moderate … Read more

Restoration Drama Characteristics

Characteristics Theatres were closed during the Puritan Age. During the Restoration Age, they re-opened with new types of plays and performances which were different than the before. The theatres which were indoor were much smaller than the Elizabethan theatres. They didn’t have a platform, but there was a picture frame stage with different sceneries. The … Read more

Restoration Period in English Literature History

Restoration Period in English History The Restoration Period begins in 1660 A.D., the year in which King Charles-II was restored to the English Throne. England, Scotland and Whales were united as Great Britain. Commercial prosperity and global trade increased for Britain. Literacy expanded to include the middle classes and even some of the poor. The … Read more

Jacobean Prose and its Characteristics

Introduction During the mid 17th century or rather, the Age of Milton, the development of prose took place. In spite of the influence of the civil war, the prose output was ample & excellent in kind. There was notable development in the sermon writing; pamphlets were abundant; & history, politics, philosophy etc. kinds were well … Read more

Elizabethan Literature Characteristics

Introduction Elizabethan Period is generally regarded as the greatest in the history of English Literature. Historically, we note in this age, the tremendous impetus received from the Renaissance from the Reformation & from the exploration of the new world. It was marked by a strong national spirit, by patriotism, by religious tolerance, by social content, by … Read more