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☆ British Masterpieces
"Beowulf" is a heroic epic of the British Anglo-Saxon period, the highest achievement of Old English literature, and at the same time marked the beginning of English literature. The first part of the epic tells the story of the young Swedish prince Beowulf coming to Denmark to help Danish King Grosga kill the trolls Grendel and his mother who have been frequenting night raids for 12 years. The second part briefly describes Beowulf He inherited the throne and ruled peacefully for 50 years. Later, his land was ravaged by a fire-breathing dragon. Old and powerful Beowulf fought the fire dragon, killed the fire dragon, and suffered a fatal wound himself.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) was the father of English literature and the most outstanding writer. His main works include Canterbury Tales. The main characteristics of the work are the diversity of themes, themes, styles, styles, and the complexity of describing people's pursuit of life. His representative work, The Canterbury Tales, not only depicts the various social classes of the 31 pilgrims, but also reflects the different styles of their respective storytelling. The readers are extensive and have a great influence on future generations.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was a famous British playwright and poet during the Renaissance. He has authored a number of works including comedy, tragedy and historical drama. His plays are still being performed in many countries and are widely read by people. Shakespeare's works are full of talents, and the hilarious, angry, sad and happy scenes created are impressive and unforgettable. Four major tragedies: Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear; four comedies: Midsummer Night's Dream (A Midsummer Night's Dream), "The Merchant of Venice", "Much Ado about Nothing" and "As You Like It". In addition, the historical drama Henry VI trilogy, and the love tragedy Romeo and Juliet are also popular. "Hamlet" tells the story of Danish prince Hamlet avenging his father and killing his uncle who usurped the throne. "To be or not to be, that is the question" in Hamlet becomes a classic line. "Romeo and Juliet" describes the story of a pair of young men and women who were unable to marry and commit suicide because of family feuds, exposing the cruelty of the feudal system, and praising the pure and steadfast love of young men and women.
Keats (1795-1821) was a British romantic poet. He came from a poor background, was an apprentice to a doctor, and only later wrote poems. He was dissatisfied with the reality of British society at that time, hoping to find his place in a "eternal beauty world". His poems are known for the beauty of their rhetoric and tone, and they have influenced artistically the English poets of later generations. His major works include "Isabella", "Ode to a Nightingale" and "To Autumn".
Shelley (1792-1822) was an important poet of British Romanticism. He was born in a noble family. He not only wrote poems full of political thought, but also wrote many beautiful lyric poems, especially love poems, showing uninhibited imagination, magnificent colors and moving rhymes, which made him the most talented in the history of English literature One of the lyric poets. His major works are Queen Mab, Song to the Men of England, Prometheus Unbound, and Ode to the West Wind. Ode to the West Wind). The famous phrase "If Winters comes, can spring be far behind" in Ode to the West Wind has become a poetry known to both women and children.
Wordsworth (1770-1850), the greatest and most influential poet of the British Romantic movement at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. He and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey formed the Lake Poets. The theme of his work is the relationship between man and nature. In 1813 he accepted a long-term government allowance, and in 1843 he was named a poet of Laureate. His major works include Lyrical Ballads, Daffodill, and The Prelude.