13th ~ 16th Century
16th ~ 17th Century
17th ~ 18th Century
18th ~ 19th Century
A lot of works has been written in the English language in such countries as the United States or Canada, but this literature is called American or Canadian. The term English Literature refers to the poems, stories, plays, essays, letters and diaries written in the English language by British authors.
The earliest period of English literature is called the Old English or Anglo-Saxon. It extends from A.D.500 to 1150.