Thursday, June 25, 2009

1700 to 1799: "...Ancient Mariner" to Wallenstein

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Coleridge. British. 1798. Poetry. “The Rime of the ancient Mariner.” Supernatural punishment of a seaman who shot an albatross, a good omen.

Wordsworth and Coleridge. British. 1798/1800/1802. Poetry. Lyrical Ballads. First important publication of the romantic period in English. Preface by Wordsworth in the second edition in 1800: Poetry should be drawn from everyday life and speech. Manifesto of English romanticism. Wordsworth: country scenes, people and written in plain language and style. “Tintern Abbey.”

Friedrich Schiller. German. 1798/99. Three Plays. Wallenstein. Intrigued by his power, Wallenstein begins to entertain the idea of deserting the emperor to establish his own political power. Never actually intends to commit treason. Letters are seized and given to the emperor. He flees but is murdered by his own generals.

Concludes the 1700s.

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