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Parallel Text: British Literature: 449–1798

Grades 9-12
Table of Contents

Unit One–The Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Periods (449–1485)

from Beowulf, Raffel, translator
from The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer, Coghill, translator
English Ballads, Anonymous
from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Gawain Poet, Gardner, translator
from Le Morte d'Arthur, Malory

Unit Two–The English Renaissance (1485–1660)

Whoso List to Hunt, Wyatt
Sonnet 30 "My love is like to ice," Spenser
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, Marlowe
The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd, Raleigh
Sonnet 29 "When in disgrace," Shakespeare
Sonnet 116 "Let me not to the marriage," Shakespeare
Sonnet 130 "My mistress' eyes," Shakespeare
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Donne
Meditation 17, Donne
Holy Sonnet 10 "Death, be not proud," Donne
On My First Son, Jonson
Song: To Celia, Jonson
To the Virgins to Make Much of Time, Herrick
To His Coy Mistress, Marvell
To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars, Lovelace
Sonnet VII "How soon hath time," Milton
Sonnet XIX "When I consider," Milton
from Paradise Lost, Milton

Unit Three–The Restoration and the Enlightenment (1660–1798)

from The Diary, Pepys
from An Essay on Man, Pope
from The Rape of the Lock, Pope
from Gulliver's Travels, Swift
A Modest Proposal, Swift
from The Life of Samuel Johnson, Boswell
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Gray

Approximately 425 pages.