Virgil: The Aeneid (Translated by John Dryden)
A selection of passages from Ovid's Metamorphoses :
Origins of the Cosmos
The Golden Age
The First Sin
and various famous stories :
Pyramus & Thisbe
Philemon & Baucis
Orpheus & Eurydice
Daedalus & Icarus
Echo & Narcissus
The last part of Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar
The early Christian Church
The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity
The Confessions of Saint Augustine
The Confessio of Saint
Patrick, the first surviving text by a British writer.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux: On Loving God
Middle English: Winner and Waster (extracts) | Pearl (summary) | Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (summary) | Piers Plowman (extracts) | The Book of Margery Kempe (extracts). I Have a Young Sister. Ballads : Lord Randall; The Three Ravens
Geoffrey Chaucer: an overall survey. Life and Times | Shorter Works | Troilus and Criseyde | The Canterbury Tales (general introduction) |
Longer introductions to certain Tales:
Prologue; The Miller's
Tale; The Nuns'
Priest's Tale; The Pardoner's
Prologue and Tale; The Wife
of Bath's Prologue and Tale. An annotated text of the Wife of
Bath's Prologue and Tale.
The General Prologue Text
with notes, (also a selection
of portraits with modernised spelling);
The Knight's Tale Full text (Abbreviated text for class),
The Miller's Tale Text,
The Nun's Priest's Tale Text (Article),
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale,
The Clerk's Prologue and Tale,
The Pardoner's Introduction, Prologue and Tale.
In addition, you may consult
the unedited full text of certain Tales saved from the University of Virginia
on our local server: The
General Prologue; The
Knight's Tale; The
Miller's Tale; The
Nun's Priest's Tale; The
Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale;
Clerk's Prologue and Tale.
Sir Philip Sidney : Arcadia (summary) / Double Sestina / Defence (extracts) / Astrophel and Stella (extracts) / One of the Certain Sonnets / From the New Arcadia. Astrophel and Stella sonnets 1, 47, Second Song;
Christopher Marlowe : Faust's final Soliloquy; extracts from Hero and Leander
Shakespeare : Summaries of the action of some of the Major Plays and brief comments on them.King John / Richard III / The Taming of the Shrew / Romeo and Juliet / A Midsummer Night's Dream / The Merchant of Venice / Richard II / Henry IV part 1 & part 2 / Henry V / Much Ado About Nothing / As You Like It / Julius Caesar / Hamlet / Twelfth Night / Troilus & Cressida / King Lear / Macbeth / Othello / Antony & Cleopatra / The Tempest and suggestions for Further Reading. Sonnets 29, 73, 116, 144. Shakespeare; Songs 'When Daisies Pied;' 'Blow, Blow';
Ben Jonson: A summary of Volpone
From Epigrams: To My Book; To William Camden; On My First Daughter; On My First Son; To Lucy, Countess of Bedford, with Mr. Donne's Satires.(Separate) On my First Son.
Sequence: The Forest.
Individual poems from The Forest: 2. To Penshurst; 4. To the World; 5. To Celia; 7. That Women are but Men's Shadows; 9. To Celia; 15. To Heaven.
From Underwoods: Elegy
Herrick To the Virgins
Henry Vaughan: Regeneration; The Retreat; The World
Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress;
Francis Bacon Of Truth.
Jacobean Drama : Summaries of major plays. The Knight of the Burning Pestle / Philaster; or, Love Lies A-Bleeding / The Maid's Tragedy / A King and No King / Beggar's Bush / The Island Princess / The Humorous Lieutenant / The Wild-Goose Chase / Rule a Wife and Have a Wife / A Chaste Maid in Cheapside / The Changeling / Women Beware Women / The Revenger's Tragedy / A New Way to Pay Old Debts / A Woman Killed with Kindness / The Shoemakers Holiday / Antonio and Mellida and Antonio's Revenge / The Malcontent / The Dutch Courtesan / The White Devil / The Duchess of Malfi / 'Tis Pity She's a Whore / The Broken Heart / The Cardinal.