Chronology of World, British and American Literature
Wordsworth. British. 1807. Poetry. “Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent’s Narrow Room.” Poet’s pleasure at the discipline of the sonnet form.
Mme. deStael. Swiss French. 1807. Novel. Corinne, or
Heinrich von Kleist. German. 1808. Play. Penthesilea. Violently passionate. Tragic potentiality of human nature. Penthesilea (a queen of the Amazons) and Achilles die. Goethe: “Kleist a hypochondriac northerner.”
Heinrich von Kleist. German. 1808. Novella. Michael Kohlhaas. Horse trader takes law into his own hands to obtain justice from a young dissolute nobleman.