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    Whats your favorite period of literature.

    I'm doing A level English Lit and at the moment we are doing presentations in groups on different periods of literature. I got Pre Elizabethan....which could men anything from pretty much the beginning of time, and decided to concentrate on around 1300 -1560.I thought that I would hate it.....but I've found it fascinating! I presumed chaucer would be inaccessable and hard to read but I'm loving the Millers tale. (Though the web resources arent really that great....well not in my experience).
    It made me realise how close minded I am so I was wondering what periods do other people really like? peacenik x
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    Everything up to 1530... medieval is the best. I didn't think I would like it but I discovered that I actually adore Old and Middle English and so thats what I'm specialising in from next year.
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    Modern and contemporary literature rocks my socks. I'm really enjoying reading Hard Times at the moment though, and will hopefully be reading a lot more Victorian literature for my Oxford reading list!
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    Oh I'm at Oxford, are you doing Victorian instead of Modern then? Which college?
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    I like Elizabethan and Victorian a lot. I also like some modern and some romantic too though
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    i've not read enough literature to be able to made any choices, but so far i like to mix and match my books
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    (Original post by saintjude)
    Oh I'm at Oxford, are you doing Victorian instead of Modern then? Which college?
    Hey Well the letter I got with my reading list said that Victorian literature is the recommended option in the first term, but the Modern option can be taken later in the year. I'm glad as I'd really like to do both. I'm hopefully starting at Somerville in October, where are you?
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    St Hughs. Oh, ok, I think they do it differently from college to college. I wouldn't recommend doing Modern for your last paper - you'll only have six weeks to do it in which will be really rough if you're doing Woolf or Joyce. We were strongly discouraged from choosing it for that very reason. You can take the one you didn't choose for Finals, I think.
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    20th Century American Literature is my favourite area

    Also really like Medieval, Romantic and Victorian and Post-1900 lit in general.
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    elizabethan

    :love: spenser and southwell :love:
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    At the moment I don't really have a favourite period, but I really want to study Renaissance! One of the admissions tutors at Exeter was telling me all about it. It sounded absolutely fascinating! Almost made me choose the uni...
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    (Original post by silence)
    elizabethan

    :love: spenser and southwell :love:
    I studied Spenser last year - the Faerie Queene and some of his poems. Liked them a lot - he deserves more attention, hardly anyone seems to have even heard of him.
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    I prefer the 20th century American dramatists and all Romantic writings, particularly the writings of the Lake Poets. I think it's the passion with which they write that makes them so unbelieveably interesting, and 20th century American drama is so psuedo-Shakespearean that it rocks
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    (Original post by ~Jen~)
    I studied Spenser last year - the Faerie Queene and some of his poems. Liked them a lot - he deserves more attention, hardly anyone seems to have even heard of him.
    yeh he's amazing. the way in which the school curriculum shoves shakespeare down your throat (which isn't a bad thing on the whole) has little focus on his poetical side, and there only seems to be (if any) cross referencing with jacobean dramatists like marlowe and webster. i actually prefer spenser's sonnets to shakespeare's, and unlike quite a few of shakey's contemporaries, he has a pretty big collection of works. and there's variety - the sonnets are cool, the hymnic verses are fun and the faerie queene is immense.
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    (Original post by silence)
    i actually prefer spenser's sonnets to shakespeare's

    Why?
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    It is curious that no one chooses Restoration or Augustan literature. Does no one like Dryden or the Earl of Rochester? Or Addison and the marvellous Dr Johnson?
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    (Original post by svidrigailov)
    Why?
    hmm, it's more a preference of the moment than a general one. nevertheless, it seems there's something more enchanting in spenser's sonnets. shakespeare seems, to me, more pensive and can spend many lines trying to explain a certain logic. spenser's imagery is more vivid (a bit of a bland word i guess, but should hopefully carry some meaning) and he uses quite a bit of alliteration, in a way which seems to echo the alliterative metre seen in the centuries before his existence.
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    Medieval, first last and always :-)
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    Renaissance drama and poetry for me. One can't do anything else than admire Paradise Lost. Wow, that's one heck of a poem! Preparing for my dissertation at the moment and just doing some research into 'Tis Pity She's a ***** by Ford. Very good play. I often think many great Renaissance dramatists and plays are overlooked due to the Shakespeare canon.
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    (Original post by svidrigailov)
    It is curious that no one chooses Restoration or Augustan literature. Does no one like Dryden or the Earl of Rochester? Or Addison and the marvellous Dr Johnson?
    Not really. No one choses it because it's not a prescribed period of literature to be studied at GCSE/A-Level. Therefore, as there are only a few of us at university (first time I've been exposed to Dryden and for others I'm presuming) many of TSR's users probably haven't even heard of Restoration literature, let alone been exposed to it.
 
 
 
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