Thursday, July 2, 2009

1808 - 1809: "Marmion...." to "Lord Ullin's Daughter"

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Sir Walter Scott. British. 1808. Narrative Poetry. “Marmion, A Tale of Flodden Field.” Time of Henry VIII. Lord Marmion rejects his betrothed for a wealthy woman. He is slain at the battle of Flodden Field in 1513.

Goethe. German. 1808/32. Play. Faust, Parts I and II. Yearns to comprehend all experience. Seduces Gretchen. She bears his child, panics and drowns it. “He who exerts himself in constant striving,/ Him we can save.”

Goethe. German. 1809. Novel. The Elective Affinities. Marriage collapses as each partner is drawn to another lover.

Lord Byron. British. 1809. Satiric Poetry. English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. Byron attacks critics and older generation of English romantic poets, including Wordsworth, etc.

Thomas Campbell. British. 1809. Poetry/Ballads. “Lord Ullin’s Daughter.” Father chases eloping daughter. Arrives in time to see her boat capsize and his daughter drowned.

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