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English Literature is and always will be a part of the heritage of the English-speaking world Since the time it was created it has continued to influence todays literary world Literature was overall nonexistent before Christian times Early stories and tales were passed on through oral tradition Some literature written during Christian times was rooted from pagan tales and stories such as the famous tale of Beowulf Stories about heroism and bravery were very common during these times Since then English literature has grown evolved and continued to inform and entertain the populations of English-speaking countries In its earliest form literature was entertainment and leisure for the whole family Folktales and fables would teach the audiences lessons about life Much of the prose from early times originated from Latin books and was converted to English during the reign of King Alfred c870-900 However the emergence of Christianity changed the common prose of England Written language started to be applied for use that was more utilitarian rather than for entertainment Wills deeds and other official documents were being created The Literature and language of England continued to change Rhyme became quite popular by the year 1000 AD By the late 12th and early 13th centuries rhyming alliteration and various stanza patterns became very common in many narratives Around the year 1340 a literary giant was born These middle years of the 14th century saw the beginning of a revolution beginning with Geoffrey Chaucer His long narrative poems and alliterative meter made his time a long remembered era Probably the main characteristics of his writings were the variety of subject matter tone and style However his writings also constantly reflect lifes humors as well as its important philosophical questions He consistently presents the eternal struggle for mans pursuit of a sensible existence Since his time literature has been almost obsessed with these questions of life Geoffrey Chaucers life was a complex one His father was John
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