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Sir John Suckling 1 engilshthough he wrote wvans and sometimes seriously, seems to have been improvising in some of his light and cynical love lyrics. The whole performance seems so casual and yet it is so perfectly timed and achieved: A short history of english literature by ifor evans career of Alexander Popein many ways Dryden’s successor, has been more hotly and more frequently debated than any other in English literature.

It cannot be judged straight irom human experience, as can Chaucer’s Troiius andCriseyde, Like a museum piece it needs a reference to the catalogue before its beauties can be appreciated. Unread but not unreadable, the poem had one motive in common with the Faerie Queene, for it was a love of England that led Drayton to gather into his seemingly unending narrative, legends, beliefs, and descriptions illustrating England’s life.

Further, when the world of commerce was about to lay its ugly and contaminating fingers on hustory, here was a poem enshrining with security a world unstained by any com- mercial value.

The modem view has restored the faith in tradition. Also his treatment of enblish was original, even if ponder- ous, and it was a theme growing in popularity.

A Short History of English Literature. By B. Ifor Evans.

His poem is like a schoolboy’s essay padded into the requisite size. He knew, no less, the nobly-fashioned heroic tales from the classical englisu, of Hector and Achilles, Ulysses and Aeneas.

Anglo- Saxon jewellery and other objects a short history of english literature by ifor evans art testify that we are dealing with a far richer and more sophisticated civiliza- tion than the literatuee remains would alone indicate. John Gay used the couplet in his Fables and other poems, but the best of his talent went into the lyric and The Beggar’s Opera.

He was a bourgeois who understood theCourt, buthehad akeeneyefor the ordinary man and he was a reader who had studied most of the literature available at his time. The Seafarer’ has a similar mood, the hardship, the eng,ish, the melan- choly of the sea, which recurs in English poetry to the nineteenth century in Swinburne. A short history of English literature.

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He was puny, ill-made, venomous, unjust, splenetic, and his enemies have found occasion to emphasize each item in the inventory of defects. The label is only an attempt to show how their work differed from ecans of their predecessors. In a poem he so arranges words that they give pleasure such as we may have from music or from pictures.

Strong in thyself, and powerful to give strength!

This edition has not only been fully revised but it is much expanded. Water, water, every where.

His early work was written before the Civil Wars, and included Comus and many of the minor poems which were first collected in Wordsworth’s most intimate friend was S.

He was there, ior, bestial, evil, waiting for you, and the hero was the man who couid kill him.

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The romances, the stories lterature Arthur, of Charlemagne, and of the Trojan Wars and the more native stories of King Horn and Havelok the Dane, are among the most typical products of medieval literature, but not now the most interesting. In the years which followed he had to endure an agony of spiritual disillusionment. A number of his contemporaries among the courtiers of Charles II’s reign wrote light amorous lyrics of great charm: Somehow he would make a poem in which the medley of native story joined with a classical ambition in presentation.

Wordsworth’s experimental pieces are only half-success- ful, but in Michael he showed how tragic dignity could a short history of english literature by ifor evans given to the story of a shepherd and his son.

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As a young man he had high hopes for humanity: He saw ofor the France of the young Buonaparte was following, not the vision of the liberties of man, but the path of Charlemagne. The early biographers treated him with scant justice, assigning his weakness solely to an indulgence in opium. It was in this period, when the position of the poet had been ilterature difficult, that John Milton 1 wrote in a manner that recalled poetry to a short history of english literature by ifor evans most elevated and regal conception of its function.

He had no sense of humour, and little contact with the ordinary life of humanity. Some even constructed ‘views’ on their own estates and parklands.

The weakness of the poem, to some critics, lies in the story. William Blake’s work stands alone in our literature, for no one saw life quite in the same way as he did. Ernest Hartley Coleridge edited in a selection of aphorisms from his notebooks as Anima Poetae, but, as already suggested, a short history of english literature by ifor evans is only recently that his industry and the range of his knowledge and reflective capacity have been confirmed in definitive editions of his notebooks and letters.

Landscapes, towns, ruins, are all conjured up before the reader, along with Byron’s own racy inter- polations.

Only twenty-six years later a disastrous fire broke out in the library, and the Beowulf manuscript narrowly escaped. The poems belong to such an intricate and fully developed tradition that they support the surmise that other poems of a similar character must have belonged to ‘the lost literature of medieval England’. Humour, sentiment, adventure, and pathos are thrown together with that same disconcerting incongruity as they are to be found in life.

He has been widely read and admired, but the English have not taken him kf their hearts as they have done many a lesser man. So in Auguries of Innocence which, with his lyrics, is one ofhis most simple, poetical statements: He wished to break through the ignorance around him both in lay and monastic circles.