- Mock Epic
Perceived inability of modern world to produce great national epic due to cultural
- Iambic pentameter
Aline of 10 syllables, broken into 5 feet (a unit of two syllables, the first unstressed, the
Authors who thought that best art, culture, and philosophy lay in the past. They thought
that modern authors should translate ancient works and use them as models for their own
writing and thinking. Pope and Dryden both published best-selling translations of the
Odyssey and the Aeneid.
- The Moderns
Argued that their own age had made significant progress. They pointed to Shakespeare,
Milton, Newton, and the scientific revolution as examples of progress in human
- Coterie Writing
Writing that is intended for circulation amongst a circle of friends, rather than publication
on the open market.
- Scientific Revolution
Late 17 and 18 C Britain was