It is a style of English literature produced during the reigns of Queen Anne, King George I, and George II.
First half of the 18th century.
Ending in the 1740s with the death of Pope and Swift.
It is a literary epoch that featured the rapid development of the novel, an explosion in satire, the mutation of drama from political satire into melodrama.
In philosophy, it was an age dominated by empiricism. Evolution of mercantilism as a formal philosophy. Development of capitalism Triumph of trade
Literature began to appear from all over the kingdom. Authors gradually began to accept literature that went in unique directions rather than the formerly monolithic conventions and, through this, slowly began to honor and recreate various folk compositions
Satire, both in prose, drama, and poetry, was the genre that attracted the most energetic and voluminous writing. The satires produced during the Augustan period were occasionally gentle and non-specific
The authors were writing for an informed audience and only secondarily for posterity.