The first edition of Lord Ifor Evans1 A Short History of English Literature was hailed by the Observer: 3Professor Evans writes to the classical model, brief and . Secretary, the British Institute of Adult Education. A SHORT HISTORY OF. ENGLISH LITERATURE. BY. B. IFOR EVANS i;z 72, PE FOACES. Leave this boolc. Nothine in Oid English Literature can compaxe with Beol’ Ai i has tbe size ad dignity of a cldsical he nehB &v{l to the stories of the Germanic .

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He saw life as a struggle, the Puritan struggle, for the survival of the good and the virtuous. But the labour is that of a new engoish adapting itself to English after a period when some of the measures of verse have been wayward.

I love Sir Ifor Evan’s way of displaying the different ages and genres! Wagga Wagga Campus Library. A number of his contemporaries among the courtiers litterature Charles II’s reign wrote light amorous lyrics of great charm: One can write Engllish Langland without hesitation, though some once divided him into five separate authors, for the plastic surgery of scholarship has now with confidence and certainty put him together again.

Amir Farooq rated it really liked it Jul 14, One poet rose against all the pressure of this material world, and though men might call him in- sane, it was an exulting insanity, the divine frenzy of vision and prophecy.

Only twenty-six years later a disastrous fire broke out in the library, and the Beowulf manuscript narrowly escaped. The tunes, and the phrasing of many of the lyrics which survive, especially those evaans the famous Harleian Manuscriptcome to the ear with an unsullied freshness ; Betwene March and Averil When spray beginneth to spring.


View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Compared with the romances, the iite of the medieval lyric has been strong and enduring.

Whilst round about them pleasantly did sing Many fair Ladies, and lascivious boys, That englosh mixed their song with light licentious toys. There was a time when he would, confidently, be described as a greater poet than Blake, but recent criticism, even when not hostile, has dealt very severely with his work. Through half the night, Scudding away from snare to snare, I lierature That anxious visitation; – moon and stars Were shining o’er my head.

This interest was with him a genuine one, and had originated in his antiquarian study. The other memorable name in this difficult period was Wulfstan, Archbishop of York died whose A Sermon of the Wolf is addressed to the English when the Danes were persecuting them most severely in Login to add to list.

Dryden was praising the lucidity both of subject and treatment, such, as were to be found in Denham’s ‘Cooper’s Hill’. Courage must be greater as our strength grows less. Those who believed in this man- ner came to use one particular form of verse known as the heroic couplet.

A Short History of English Literature by Benjamin Ifor Evans

It continues after Alfred’s death, and the Peterborough version has records to the year 1 Since its first appearance inA Short History of English Literature has served countless readers as a perceptive, reliable, and readable guide. If Grabbe shows that the older manner in poetry still had a fresh life, Thomas Chatterton in his imitations of medieval poetry gave evidence of that awakening of wonder which led to romantic poetry. He seems sometimes more of a disembodied spirit than evzns ordinary human being.

From all accounts they were respectable gentle- men when at home, but they changed their manners when they were looking for Lebensraum. Dec 09, Vetri Valavan rated it liked it.

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The interesting thing about Evans is that he had been around for long enough to see poets that were highly thought of in their lifetime, then spend years in obscurity, then in the 50s and 60s have a popularity revival Tennyson and is able to discuss them. The ‘man of letters’, whose life was largely controlled by economic exigencies and dependence on the Court, cherished as his first ambition as an artist the making of good verses.

If he were not a mystic he would be a revolution- ary. But they can be enjoyed without hisgory tantalizing attempt to identify the personages, or to explain the dedication and the circumstances of the actual publication.

Wordsworth’s experimental pieces are only half-success- ful, but in Michael he showed how tragic dignity could be given ecans the story of a shepherd and his son. That Donne did this is true, but often he can achieve his effects in another way, by the most brief and simple statements.

A Short History of English Literature. By B. Ifor Evans.

These personal experiences they all valued to a degree which is difficult to parallel in earlier poets. He had no sense of humour, and little contact with the ordinary life of humanity. Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait