Periods of British Literature: 450-1066: Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) Period 1066-1500: Middle English Period. It was during the Restoration that John Milton published Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. Other major writers of the era include John Dryden, John Wilmot 2nd Earl of Rochester, and John Locke.Who were the writers of the 17th century?
Find out more about the greatest 17th Century British Writers, including John Milton, Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe, Anne Bradstreet and John Dryden. John Milton.When did modern English begin?
Modern English (sometimes New English or NE as opposed to Middle English and Old English) is the form of the English language spoken since the Great Vowel Shift in England, which began in the late 14th century and was completed in roughly 1550.