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The Restoration Period:

The Restoration Period was started in 1660 and ended in 1700. This age was named after Restoration of Monarchy. This age was also called the Age of Dryden. John Dryden was the main writer of the Restoration Period. Industrialization began in England in this age. There were two political party consist on this age. One was Whig. and another was Tory. Whig political party was against the king. But Tory political party was on the favour of king. In this period, the press was made free. That means everyone was given liberty to express his/her views.

Some key features of The Restoration Period:

  • In this age there was an absolute departure from the literary tradition  of the Renaissance age.
  • This period encouraged literary freedom and wild pleasures of this world.
  • The liberty it allowed, turned indecent.
  • Writers widely used heroic couplet.
  • Realistic drama was predominant.
  • Mechanical perfection was the chief concern of the poets.
  • The writers were more artificial rather than original.
  • The main spirit of the period was satiric.

Famous Writers of this period:

  • John Milton
  • John Dryden
  • William Congreve
  • John Bunyan
  • Samuel Butler
  • John Locke
  • William Wycherley
  • Aphra Behn
  • George Farquhar

Famous Literary works in this Period:

  • Paradise Lost
  • Paradise Regained
  • Lycidas
  • Song on Shakespeare
  • Samson Agonistes
  • Of Education
  • Areopagitica
  • On the Blindness
  • On the Late Massacre
  • All for Love
  • The Mistaken Husband
  • Absalom and Achitophel
  • The Indian Emperor
  • Mac Flecknoe
  • An Evening's Love
  • The Conquest of Granada
  • Preface to the Fables
  • Heroic Stanzas on the Death of Cromwell
  • The Way of the World
  • Love for Love
  • The Double Dealer
  • The Old Bachelor
  • The Mourning Bride
  • Pilgrim's Progress
  • The Holy War
  • The Life and death of Mr. Badman
  • Hudibars
  • An Essay concerning Human Understanding
  • Some thoughts Concerning Education
  • Two Treaties on Civil Government
  • The Country Wife
  • The Plain Dealer
  • The Rover
  • Oroonoko
  • The Recruiting Officer
  • The Beaux's Stratagem

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