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    In recent history of enlightment, British literature has taken great strides in representing different formats of itself. Because of these great strides, I haven chosen to call this period "New British Millennium lit." I have chosen five works to exemplify my new age. A poem, " The Unknown Citizen " by W. H. Auden, play," The Romans In Britain " by Howard Brenton, music, " Time " by Pink Floyd, short story," The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood, and a novel, " The Day of Creation" by J.G. Ballard. I believe that each of these literary works personify to be the best texts of the 20th century British literature.
 
     The first piece of work is music. The song comes from the album "The Dark Side of the Moon.” This album was released on March 24, 1973 and since then; it has become one of the most successful albums of all time, selling in excess of over 35 million copies worldwide. The song "Time" demonstrates the power of time and how no man can ever control it. “No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun." This line shows that there will be points in your life in which you will miss, but continue on because time won't wait for you. This song delivers to the people, enjoyment and entertainment in suggestions for their lifetime.
 
     The next piece of work I have chosen is a novel entitled “The Day of Creation" by J. G. Ballard. This novel is an odyssey through an unrealized Africa drunk on the potential of Western technology. People have read the story and have found it to be an animating, and appealing story.” Ballard has successfully created a new myth, a late-20th-century saga of distracted humans making a lonely voyage through time and the river to the well-spring of their parched imaginations.” —Time. This story excites people giving them enthusiasm, and excitement.
 
     "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood is a short story of two sisters, one in which dies under inconclusive circumstances in the opening pages. The survivor, Iris Chase Griffen, initially seems a little cold-blooded about this death in the family. Atwood immediately launches into an excerpt from Laura Chase's novel, The Blind Assassin, posthumously published in 1947.I have found this story to be charismatic and so do other readers as well. "There is the true beauty of this book, even more than its clever structure and challenging mysteries."-Larry Hand. This story has flame and appeals to readers with such anecdotes and lines such as "For whom am I writing this? For myself? I think not.... Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for, when they scrawl their names in the snow." I think that this quote shows that though people may act different extramural but there's one thing that all people share alike is their childhood. Children will still act the same inside themselves from different time periods and no generation can change that.
 
     The Romans in Britain was the play that brought calls to bring back censorship when it was first staged at the National in 1980. It levitates an era that is culturally as well as historically remote which is a difficult task, but Mr. Brenton achieves it with great skill and effect.” He sets the characters of Shakespeare to find the elements in the British character which could transform an Englishman into a Stalin, and closes in on his creation with an overall wit to match his horror" -The Times. This play seems to be enjoyable for anyone who is interested in "bloody poetry" or British activities.
 
     The last piece of work I have chosen is a poem called "The Unknown Citizen" by W. H. Auden. Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York, England; in 1907.This poem by W.H Auden is an obvious hit to society and its governing population.  The author writes if the citizen was "...free?  Was he happy? These questions are illogical. Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard."  Basically, this conveys to the reader that the author thinks that a person is only known if something bad should happen only if a person is involved in a scandal, or has a wrongdoing inflicted upon him. Irony is seen that the citizen is "unknown," for it seems that this man has done everything right, and for this he should be commended. W. H. Auden shows his views towards society clearly through this poem saying that if one can not hold on to his name and is deleted, then he/she shall be recognized.
 
     In conclusion, Great British writers are still able to continue to write from many years ago till today. They have wrote for the enjoyment of themselves and others around the world. I believe that these 5 texts represent the moment of enlightened writers very well as they continue writing towards the future.