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The augustan period johnsonian period

The Augustan Period &Johnsonian Period

History, Art & Literature



The augustan period1
The Augustan Period

A term applied loosely to the literature and art of the Restoration and early 18th century. It denotes a period of literary excellence, and refers back to the heyday of classical writing during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) and the stylistic achievements of the Latin poets of the golden age, Virgil, Horace and Ovid, whose writings were much admired and imitated by the authors of this later period of neoclassicism.


The augustan period2
The Augustan Period

Often confused with “The Augustan Age”, which was the time of the reign of Augustus Caesar in Roman History.

‘Augustan’ comes from King George I’s desire to be seen as Augustus Caesar.


History literature
History & Literature

The literature of the 18th century is what "Augustan" most commonly refers to and is explicitly political in ways that few others are.

Those who wrote poetry, novels, and plays were frequently either politically active or politically funded because the professional author was still not distinguishable from the hack-writer.


History literature1

  • Satire, both in prose, drama & poetry, was the genre that attracted the most energetic and extensive writing.

  • The satires produced during the Augustan period were occasionally gentle and non-specific commentaries on the comically flawed human condition, but they were most frequently specific critiques of specific policies, actions, and persons.

History & Literature

The period is considered to be an ‘Age of Scandal’ for it was an age when authors dealt specifically with the crimes and vices of their world.


Author alexander pope
Author attracted the most energetic and extensive writing.Alexander Pope

Best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer.

Key works include:

1711: An Essay on Criticism

1712: The Rape of the Lock

1728: The Dunciad


Author daniel defoe
Author attracted the most energetic and extensive writing.Daniel Defoe

Writer, journalist & pamphleteer, known for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, helping to popularise the form in Britain and is among the founders of the English novel.

Key works include:

1719: Robinson Crusoe

1722: A Journal of the Plague Year


Author jonathan swift
Author attracted the most energetic and extensive writing.Jonathan Swift

Satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Key works include:

1725: Drapier’s Letters

1726: Gulliver’s Travels

1729: A Modest proposal


The johnsonian period
The Johnsonian Period attracted the most energetic and extensive writing.


Author samuel johnson
Author attracted the most energetic and extensive writing.Samuel Johnson

The man who the Johnsonian Period is named after. Often referred to as ‘Dr Johnson’. Was anauthor who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet.

The Johnsonian Period is mostly to do with Scottish writing and it comes from Samuel Johnson.


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