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Ch 8: MTEL English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature

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Use these illustrated video lessons to review 17th & 18th century English literature as you study for the MTEL English exam. Learn at your own pace with our expert instructors and track your progress with self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson.

MTEL English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we'll look at the most prominent works and writers from 17th and 18th century English literature as well as examine literary movements of the time. The topics covered in this chapter can help you prepare for MTEL English exam questions on:

  • Major literary works and authors of the 17th and 18th centuries
  • John Milton's poems
  • Works by Alexander Pope
  • Restoration comedy
  • Johnathan Swift and satire
  • The Restoration Period

By knowing the essential pieces and creators of English literature, you'll be better prepared to answer these questions on your MTEL English exam. Use our easy to navigate video lessons that come equipped with convenient video tags and accurate transcripts to aid in your review. After this chapter you'll be one step closer to succeeding on your MTEL English test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: MTEL English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
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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!

Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

2. 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.

Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems

3. 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!

Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

4. 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.

Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

5. 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~'.

The Restoration Period in English Literature: Timeline & Overview

6. The Restoration Period in English Literature: Timeline & Overview

This lesson explores what is known as the Restoration era of English literature, which lasted from 1660 to about 1688. We'll look at the context, themes, and styles that define this period of literature.

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