Jacobean literature

Jacobean literature
Body of works written during the reign of James I of England (1603–25).

The successor to Elizabethan literature, Jacobean literature was often dark in mood, questioning the stability of the social order; some of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedies may date from the beginning of the period, and other dramatists, including John Webster, were often preoccupied with the problem of evil. The era's comedy included the acid satire of Ben Jonson and the varied works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. Jacobean poetry included the graceful verse of Jonson and the Cavalier poets but also the intellectual complexity of the Metaphysical poetry of John Donne and others. In prose, writers such as Francis Bacon and Robert Burton showed a new toughness and flexibility of style. The era's monumental prose achievement was the King James Version of the Bible (1611).

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Jacobean — indicates the period of English history that coincides with the reign of James I (1603 ndash;1625):*Jacobean era *Jacobean architecture *Jacobean literature *Jacobean English (the language used in the King James Version of the Bible)It is also… …   Wikipedia

  • Jacobean age — Period in the visual and literary arts during the reign of James I (Latin Jacobus) of England (r. 1603–25). Jacobean architecture combines motifs from the late Gothic period with Classical details and Tudor pointed arches and interior paneling.… …   Universalium

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • Jacobean era — distinguish2|Jacobinism or JacobitismThe Jacobean era refers to a period in English and Scottish history that coincides with the reign of King James I (1603ndash 1625). The Jacobean era succeeds the Elizabethan era and precedes the Caroline era,… …   Wikipedia

  • Jacobean — /jak euh bee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to James I of England or to his period. 2. noting or pertaining to the style of architecture and furnishings prevailing in England in the first half of the 17th century, continuing the Elizabethan… …   Universalium

  • Jacobean — Jac•o•be•an [[t]ˌdʒæk əˈbi ən[/t]] adj. 1) why of or pertaining to James I of England or to his period 2) lit. of or pertaining to the style of literature and drama produced during the early 17th century 3) lit. why a writer, statesman, or other… …   From formal English to slang

  • English literature — The term English literature refers to literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; Joseph Conrad was Polish, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Dylan… …   Wikipedia

  • Elizabethan literature — Body of works written during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558–1603). Probably the most illustrious age in the history of English literature, the Elizabethan era saw a flowering of poetry, produced a golden age of drama, and inspired a wide variety… …   Universalium

  • English literature — Introduction       the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including Ireland) from the 7th century to the present day. The major literatures written in English outside the British Isles are… …   Universalium

  • Restoration literature — is the English literature written during the historical period commonly referred to as the English Restoration (1660 ndash;1689), which corresponds to the last years of the direct Stuart reign in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. In general …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”