Chronology of World, British and American Literature.
James Thomson. British.
1726/30. Poetry. The Seasons. Belief in progress. Fascination with the idea of a golden age. Ordered universe is symbolized by the seasons.
Anonymous. American. 1727. Textbook. The
John Gay. British. 1728. Play. The Beggar’s Opera. Barbs aimed at the Italian opera,
Alexander Pope. British. 1728/43. Poetry. The Dunciad. Attacks the critics of his works. Cibber—king of the Dunces, the emperor of Dullness, which reigns supreme.
Jonathan Swift. British. 1729. Satire. “A Modest Proposal.” Mocking suggestion that the Irish poor rear children to be killed and sold for eating.