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What was the intention of Theatres Licensing Act and what were its consequences?

MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE NOTES

The Theatres Licensing Act was introduced by Lord Chamberlain in 1737 as a result of the social, legal, economic and political conditions of the time, as well as the reactions to literary works that involved these issues. - The intent was to maintain control – to silence all political and religious satire and sexual immorality on stage. The act gave ...

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Which were the two literary trends in the Victorian period?

MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE NOTES

1. associated with intellectual production; the need for objectivity, standard of balance and precision (Robert Browning) 2. idealistic, spontaneous; direct continuation of romanticism; the cult of beauty; sympathy with emotions (lord Alfred Tennyson) Victorian poetry: - nostalgic sentiments for the Middle Ages - religious scepticism - concerned with the search of identity, meaning of life - respect for romantics - ...

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What was the concept and main features of Pre-Raphaelian Brotherhood?

MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE NOTES

- It was established by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. - It was a group of artists active in the middle of the nineteenth century. Their goal was to resist modern art conventions by a return to the pre-Renaissance art forms involving vivid colours and details. - They wanted to replace the conventionalism of the ...

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What is the definition of the epistolary novel and who were its main authors?

MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE NOTES

A novel which is written in the form of  letters – that imposes certain constrains but also makes possible an extreme form of realism (letters are credible documents), provides basis for more intimate correspondence is called epistolary novel. Two authors who used wrote epistolary novels in the Restoration prose were: - Samuel Richardson: o Pamela – almost all letters come ...

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Discuss the importance of Lyrical ballads

MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE NOTES

- Lyrical ballad is the result of the collaboration between Wordsworth and Coleridge - They considered to have marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature - It‘s the first manifesto of the new poetry, which opened with Coleridge‘s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and concluded with Wordsworth‘s Tintern Abbey - The primary focus is on nature, ...

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What were Keats’s contributions?

MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE NOTES

- Keats was the greatest of the young Romantics.   - The theme of his poetry: the everyday world of chaos dominated by death and decay vs. the eternal beauty and lasting truth of poetry and the human imagination. - Elements of Hellenism, feeling for the Middle Ages - A special conception of what a poet should be: suffering is ...

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Discuss the poetic drama in the Romantic period

MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE NOTES

The play is written mainly in verse:   - In earlier times all plays throughout Europe were in verse, and tragedy continued to be written so long after prose had become the accepted medium for comedy. Shakespeare interpolated comic scenes in prose into his great poetic plays; and by the time of Dryden, prose comedies existed side by side with ...

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