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1. The Origins and the Middle Ages
01 – Anonymous, The hero comes to Heorot from Beowulf
02 – Anonymous, Beowulf’s funeral from Beowulf
03 – Anonymous, Geordie
04 – Anonymous, Elfin Knight
05 – Geoffrey Chaucer, The Knight from The Canterbury Tales
06 – Geoffrey Chaucer, The Monk from The Canterbury Tales
07 – Geoffrey Chaucer, The Doctor from The Canterbury Tales
08 – Geoffrey Chaucer, The Poor Parson from The Canterbury Tales
2. The Renaissance and the Puritan Age
09 – William Shakespeare, Let me not to the marriage of true minds
10 – William Shakespeare, My mistress’ eyes
11 – William Shakespeare, a synopsis of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fairyland from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
12 – William Shakespeare, An ass-head from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
13 – William Shakespeare, a synopsis of Julius Caesar and Brutus’s speech from Julius Caesar
14 – William Shakespeare, Antony’s oration from Julius Caesar
15 – William Shakespeare, Am I a coward? from Hamlet
16 – William Shakespeare, The three witches from Macbeth
17 – William Shakespeare, Prospero renounces his magic powers from The Tempest
18 – John Donne, Batter my heart
19 – John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
20 – 20 John Milton, his life and works, a synopsis of Paradise Lost and Satan’s speech from Paradise Lost
3. The Restoration and the Augustan Age
21 – Daniel Defoe, a synopsis of Moll Flanders and Moll becomes a thief from Moll Flanders
22 – Jonathan Swift, The inventory from Gulliver’s Travels
4. The Romantic Age
23 – William Blake, Infant Joy
24 – William Blake, Infant Sorrow
25 – William Wordsworth, A certain colouring of imagination from the ‘Preface’ to Lyrical Ballads
26 – William Wordsworth, She dwelt among the untrodden ways
27 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Death and Life-in-Death from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
28 – John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
29 – Jane Austen, Darcy proposes to Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
30 – Jane Austen, a synopsis of Sense and Sensibility and An excellent match from Sense and Sensibility
31 – Jane Austen, Willoughby and Marianne from Sense and Sensibility
32 – Edgar Allan Poe, his life and works, and The Black Cat
5. The Victorian Age
33 – Charles Dickens, a synopsis of A Christmas Carol and Scrooge’s transformation from A Christmas Carol
34 – Charles Dickens, Ignorance and want from A Christmas Carol
35 – Charles Dickens, a synopsis of David Copperfield and Shall I ever forget those lessons? from David Copperfield
36 – Charles Dickens, Murdstone and Grinby’s warehouse from David Copperfield
37 – Charlotte Brontë, Punishment from Jane Eyre
38 – Charlotte Brontë, A dramatic incident from Jane Eyre
39 – Emily Brontë, Catherine’s ghost from Wuthering Heights
40 – Thomas Hardy, Tess’s execution from Tess of the D’Urbervilles
41 – Robert Louis Stevenson, Story of the door from The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
42 – Rudyard Kipling, his life and works, and The mission of the coloniser from The White Man’s Burden
43 – Oscar Wilde, A new hedonism from The Picture of Dorian Gray
44 – Oscar Wilde, a synopsis of The Importance of Being Earnest and The vital importance of being Earnest from The Importance of Being Earnest
45 – George Bernard Shaw, his life and works, a synopsis of Mrs Warren’s Profession and Mother and daughter from Mrs Warren’s Profession
46 – Herman Melville, Moby Dick from Moby-Dick
47 – Walt Whitman, I Hear America Singing
6. The Modern Age
48 – Siegfried Sassoon, his life and works, and Glory of Women
49 – Isaac Rosenberg, his life and works, and Break of Day in the Trenches
50 – William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree
51 – William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium
52 – Thomas Stearns Eliot, a synopsis of The Hollow Men and This is the dead land from The Hollow Men
53 – Wystan Hugh Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts
54 – Wystan Hugh Auden, Funeral Blues
55 – David Herbert Lawrence, his life and works, a synopsis of Sons and Lovers and The wind-swept ash-tree from Sons and Lovers
56 – James Joyce, Gabriel’s epiphany from Dubliners
57 – James Joyce, a synopsis of Ulysses and The funeral from Ulysses
58 – James Joyce, I said yes I will from Ulysses
59 – Virginia Woolf, a synopsis of To the Lighthouse and My dear, stand still from To the Lighthouse
60 – Virginia Woolf, Lily Briscoe from To the Lighthouse
61 – Aldous Huxley, his life and works, a synopsis of Brave New World and The Conditioning Centre from Brave New World
62 – Aldous Huxley, Mustapha Mond from Brave New World
63 – George Orwell, a synopsis of Animal Farm and Old Major’s speech from Animal Farm
64 – George Orwell, The execution from Animal Farm
65 – Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Boats against the current from The Great Gatsby
66 – Langston Hughes, his life and works, and I, too, sing America
67 – Langston Hughes, The Negro Speaks of Rivers
68 – John Steinbeck, Tom Joad’s speech from The Grapes of Wrath
7. The Present Age
69 – Ted Hughes, his life and works, and Hawk Roosting
70 – Doris Lessing, her life and works, a synopsis of The Sweetest Dream and AIDS, a curse on us from The Sweetest Dream
71 – Ian McEwan, a synopsis of Atonement and Briony’s crime from Atonement
72 – Ian McEwan, Easily torn, not easily mended from Atonement
73 – Kazuo Ishiguro, his life and works, a synopsis of The Remains of the Day and An odd incident from The Remains of the Day
74 – John Osborne, his life and works, a synopsis of Look Back in Anger and Jimmy’s anger from Look Back in Anger
75 – Harold Pinter, his life and works, a synopsis of The Caretaker and Looking for a room from The Caretaker