Beginnings: Anglo-Saxon poetry (epic, elegy), medieval poetry (the “Pearl Poet”, Chaucer); popular ballads. Early Renaissance (sonneteers: Th. Wyatt, H. Howard). Renaissance: Ph. Sidney, E. Spenser, Ch. Marlowe, W. Shakespeare, B. Jonson. “Metaphysical” poets: J. Donne, G. Herbert, H. Vaughan, A. Marvell, R. Lovelace. Restoration and Neo-Classicism: J. Milton, J. Dryden, A. Pope.