Literary periods and movements

Period / Movement

Old English (Anglo-Saxon)

500 - 1066

Beowulf

1000

Middle English

1066 - 1500

The Renaissance

1500 - 1660

558-1603 Elizabethan Age

1603- 1625 Jacobean Age

1625 - 1649 Caroline Age

1649 - 1669 Commonwealth Period

The Neoclassical Period

1660 - 1785

1660-1700 The Restoration

1700-1745 The Augustan Age (Age of Pope)

enlightenment "Age of Reason"

1700 - 1800

Early Romantism

1760 - 1789

The Romantic Period

1785 - 1830

The Gothic Period (approx. 1785-1820)

The Victorian Period

1832 - 1901

Aesthetic Movement

1860 - 1900

The Edwardian Period

1901 - 1914

The Modern Period

1914 - 1945

Authors

Geoffrey Chaucer "The Canterbury Tales" (1390)

1390

William Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet" (1597)

1597

William Shakespeare "Shakespeare's Sonnets" (1599)

1599

William Shakespeare "All's Well That Ends Well" (1623)

1623

John Milton "Paradise Lost" (1658)

1658

Alexander Pope (1688)

1688

Daniel Defoe "Robinson Crusoe" (1719)

1719

Jonathan Swift "Gulliver's Travels" (1726)

1726

Henry Fielding "Amelia" (1751)

1751

William Blake "The Tyger’" (1794)

1794

William Wordsworth "Lyrical Ballads" (1798)

1798

Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice" (1813)

1813

Mary Shelley "Frankenstein" (1818)

1818

Sir Walter Scott "Ivanhoe" (1820)

1820

Charles Dickens "The Adventures of Oliver Twist" (1837)

1837

Thomas Hardy "Wessex Tales" (1847)

1847

Charlotte Bronte "Jane Eyre" (1847)

1847

Emily Bronte "Wuthering Heights" (1847)

1847

William Butler Yeats "The Tower" (1928)

1928

George Orwell "The Animal Farm" (1945)

1945