Category Archives: English 4: British Literature

History of the Renaissance by Bamber Gascoigne

History of the Renaissance From HistoryWorld by Bamber Gascoigne The word Renaissance The Renaissance may be vivid in the mind’s eye – in images of human figures sculpted in the round, or in scenes painted with a profound and moving … Continue reading

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The Protestant Reformation by Steven Kreis

Lecture 3: The Protestant Reformation From The History Guide by Dr. Steven Kreis Arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause. A wild boar has invaded Thy vineyard. Arise, O Peter, and consider the case of the Holy Roman Church, the … Continue reading

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Lord Byron Biography

Biography of George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) Overview of Byron’s life Parents and birth Raised by his mother First love Pigots and poetry Out on his own Criticism and triumph House of Lords Travels across Europe Return to England “Childe … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning Bio 1911 EB

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Biography Family history and upbringing Meeting other poets Health troubles Praise and correspondence Browning’s courtship A secret wedding Published poetry Politics and posterity “God took her” Overview of married life and poetry Sources Family history and upbringing … Continue reading

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Robert Browning Bio 1911 EB

Robert Browning Biography Family background Early career & personality First major poems (Paracelsus and Sordello) Dramatic works Expanding poetic repertoire Marriage Browning’s masterpiece: The Ring and the Book Growing fame Later writings Beliefs (religious and moral) End of life Comparison … Continue reading

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The Nightingale English Madrigal sung by GRCC

The madrigal was a type of secular Renaissance music, which would have been familiar to writers such as Edmund Spenser. Listen to the way the different parts intertwine in this recording of the English madrigal “The Nightingale” by Thomas Weelkes, … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf Resources

Virginia Woolf Resources Virginia Woof (1882-1941) was a Modernist writer who used the “stream-of-consciousness” technique, as seen in her novel To the Lighthouse. If you’re reading To The Lighthouse, you may find this study guide helpful. Listen to Virginia Woolf’s … Continue reading

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1995 Pride and Prejudice Fan Trailer

This “trailer” (unofficial, made by a fan for fun) gives a peek into the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. Enjoy! Other British Literature (E4) videos Related Content:British Literature Videos Videos referenced in British Literature (E4): Unit 1 Beowulf battle…Knights … Continue reading

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Let the Bright Seraphim by Handel from Samson opera

Many musical works are inspired by or based upon John Milton’s writing, including the opera “Samson” by George Frederic Handel. Here’s a piece from this opera: “Let the Bright Seraphim.” Kathleen Battle, Soprano Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet Orchestra of St. Luke’s … Continue reading

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Thomas Tallis Medieval Music sung by Lumina

Thomas Tallis was a medieval composer. You may listen to one of his compositions in the video below from the talented Lumina Vocal Ensemble. Credits: If ye love me, a motet from the English Renaissance by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), composer … Continue reading

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