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Ch 6: 17th and 18th Century English Literature: Help and Review

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The 17th and 18th Century English Literature chapter of this College English Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master 17th and 18th century English literature concepts. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of 17th and 18th century English literature.

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Anyone who needs help understanding college English literature material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding the work of John Bunyan, Henrik Ibsen, John Milton or Alexander Pope, among other 17th and 18th century English authors.
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  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra English learning resources at school.

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  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the 17th and 18th Century English Literature chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
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Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What noteworthy characters can be found in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress'?
  • What complex themes does John Milton address in his epic poem, Paradise Lost?
  • What was Alexander Pope's most notable work?
  • Who was Robinson Crusoe?
  • Why and when did English theatrical writers turn to restoration comedies?
  • What made Samuel Richardson's Pamela a period bestseller?
  • What are some of the key characteristics of Gothic novels?
  • What is the relationship between Henrik Ibsen's life and his plays?

28 Lessons in Chapter 6: 17th and 18th Century English Literature: Help and Review
Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

1. Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

A lot can happen in 200 years, as you'll see on our lesson that introduces you to British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Go from Shakespeare to the invention of the novel to the introduction of a prominent dictionary in our video below!

John Bunyan and Pilgrim's Progress

2. John Bunyan and Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim's Progress is a Christian allegory by John Bunyan. It was published in 1678 and is a highly influential work of religious text in the English language. Follow along as you learn about some of the most memorable characters from this novel.

Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

3. Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

English poet, essayist and political figure John Milton ranks right up there with William Shakespeare in a list of literary greats. Check out this lesson for an overview of Milton's life and most important works.

Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

4. Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

John Milton's 1667 epic poem 'Paradise Lost' is often considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Watch this lesson to learn about the text and its complicated themes.

Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems

5. Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems

Alexander Pope is one of the most quoted writers in the English language, which means you've probably heard his stuff before - you just don't know it yet. Watch this lesson for an overview of Pope's life and key works!

The Rape of the Lock: Pope's Mock Heroic Poetry

6. The Rape of the Lock: Pope's Mock Heroic Poetry

Alexander Pope is one of the premiere satirists in the English language, and The Rape of the Lock is his crowning achievement. Here, Pope writes about an incredibly trivial event as though it's a war involving gods and epic heroes. Watch our lesson for more details on this classic!

Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

7. Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

Despite their name, Restoration comedies have nothing to do with fixing up a theater. Rather, these were shockingly explicit works that were created after almost two decades of live performances being outlawed in England. Watch our video lesson to learn about this surprising and hilarious time in English theatrical history.

Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works

8. Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works

Castaways, pirates, spies and political prisoners. Some of it is fiction and some of it is the author's real life. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Daniel Defoe, one of England's most prolific and exciting authors.

Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

9. Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

In this lesson, we'll explore Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' while examining themes present in the work. You may also learn some handy skills if you ever find yourself shipwrecked and having to survive on an island for 28 years.

Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

10. Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

When it comes to English-language satire, few authors can top the legendary Jonathan Swift. Watch this lesson to learn about his two most important works, ~'A Modest Proposal~' and ~'Gulliver's Travels~'.

Samuel Richardson: Biography, Pamela and the Epistolary Novel

11. Samuel Richardson: Biography, Pamela and the Epistolary Novel

Samuel Richardson was the first writer to produce a true bestseller in the modern sense. Watch our lesson to learn about 'Pamela,' his groundbreaking epistolary novel.

Ann Radcliffe and Gothic Literature

12. Ann Radcliffe and Gothic Literature

Meet the mysterious Ann Radcliffe, a pioneering author who helped create the genre we know today as Gothic literature. As you learn more about her works and style, we'll also look at what constitutes a Gothic novel.

Plays by Henrik Ibsen: Themes & Writing Style

13. Plays by Henrik Ibsen: Themes & Writing Style

The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote some of the world's most enduring, modern plays. However, his life was anything but easy. In this lesson, we will look at the life of Ibsen, his plays, and observe Ibsen's writing style.

Comparisons of 18th Century Satire: Alexander Pope vs. Jonathan Swift

14. Comparisons of 18th Century Satire: Alexander Pope vs. Jonathan Swift

This article compares the satirical styles of popular 18th century authors, Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. Their satire varied markedly in style but both criticized government and society.

Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism: Summary & Analysis

15. Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will explore Alexander Pope's famous poem titled 'An Essay on Criticism.' In an attempt to understand the importance, influence and significance of the work, we'll look at the literary and philosophical context of the poem.

A Doll House by Ibsen: Summary & Analysis

16. A Doll House by Ibsen: Summary & Analysis

''A Doll House'' portrays how hard it was for women in the late 1800's to find independence from their duties as wives and mothers. In this lesson, you'll see how Ibsen's main character, Nora, decides to reject her husband and children, abandoning her family to find herself.

A Sicilian Romance: Summary & Analysis

17. A Sicilian Romance: Summary & Analysis

This lesson summarizes Ann Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance and provides some analysis of the major themes found in the novel, including an introduction to the Gothic.

Charles Wesley: Biography, Hymns & Poems

18. Charles Wesley: Biography, Hymns & Poems

Charles Wesley was an 18th-century English poet and clergyman. In this lesson, you will learn about his life and work, especially his writing and his role in the Methodist movement within the Church of England.

Emily Bronte: Poetry & Books

19. Emily Bronte: Poetry & Books

Emily Bronte, one of the famous Bronte sisters, only lived to be 30 years of age, but in her short life she composed several poems. In this lesson, we will learn more about this private and accomplished young woman and her writings.

John Bunyan: Biography, Books & Poems

20. John Bunyan: Biography, Books & Poems

John Bunyan was a Puritan writer who was imprisoned for 12 years for preaching without a license. He wrote over 60 books and poems but is best known for 'The Pilgrim's Progress.'

John Donne Poetry: Analysis & Overview

21. John Donne Poetry: Analysis & Overview

John Donne, a metaphysical poet of the 17th century, found popularity amongst his contemporaries, but sadly fell out of fashion after his death until the 20th century, when his work was applauded by such writers as T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats. In this lesson we'll look at his life and work.

John Dryden: Poetry, Plays & Criticism

22. John Dryden: Poetry, Plays & Criticism

This lesson explores John Dryden as poet, playwright, and critic. Discover his main accomplishments and consider the ways that he influenced other writers in a variety of genres.

Jonathan Swift: Biography, Facts & Books

23. Jonathan Swift: Biography, Facts & Books

A priest and a satirist walk into a bar, but this time they're the same person! Keep reading to learn more about the life and works of Jonathan Swift in this lesson, where you'll also find some fascinating facts on this famous Irish author.

Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded - Summary & Overview

24. Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded - Summary & Overview

This lesson provides an overview and summary of ~'Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded,~' a novel published by Samuel Richardson in 1740. We'll begin with a quick overview of the novel, including information on why it was so important for the 18th century; we will then walk through a summary of the novel's two volumes.

Rasselas by Samuel Johnson: Summary, Analysis & History

25. Rasselas by Samuel Johnson: Summary, Analysis & History

In this lesson we will examine Samuel Johnson's 'Rasselas' by taking into account some context on Johnson's work and life, exploring the genre of the text, and summarizing its plot.

Robert Herrick: Biography & Poems

26. Robert Herrick: Biography & Poems

You may have been told to 'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,' but do you know who originally said it? Find out when you explore this lesson on the life and work of Robert Herrick - one of the most prolific but unrecognizable names in English poetry!

Satan in Paradise Lost: Description, Speech & Fall

27. Satan in Paradise Lost: Description, Speech & Fall

Come and learn about Milton's famous portrayal of Satan in ''Paradise Lost,'' analyzing Satan's physical description, his surprisingly uplifting speech, and his dramatic fall from heaven and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist: Character Analysis & Overview

28. The Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist: Character Analysis & Overview

Not everyone gets a fair shake in life. Read about the Artful Dodger from 'Oliver Twist.' He doesn't have the biggest role in the novel, but he has become one of Charles Dickens' most adored characters ever.

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