The Effulgence Within

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Is Sickness somehow Connected to Creativity?

Thomas Mann, a German short story writer-novelist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. When his diaries were unsealed in 1975, they told of his struggles with his sexuality and which found reflection in his many works. His Death in Venice (1912) is a short novel wherein perverted love,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Is Science Closing in on the Spirit Soul?

Mind is a repository of known experiences. That which the mind finds difficult to accept or feed on, it simply rejects. What it does not find matching through a retracing of its memory tract, it does not allow entrance of those thoughts to be entertained by the brain (Conservatism, what we summarily... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Mystic Dance of Nature

With wondrous eyes I see, the dance Of life and death go on unceasingly; Without a pause, for there are no full stops or commas In the cosmic cycle of Nature; it is always a continuous “IS". A yellowed leaf falls, detached from a tree, silently Without leaving a tear or scar behind; it happily Makes... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Meditations on the Apprehension of Death of a Loved One

Of the five Lucy poems composed by Wordsworth, four were printed in Lyrical Ballads of 1800. These four poems, all in the lyrical vein, are sober meditations on the death or apprehension of death of a girl who was the object of a deep and tender love. The love is not impassioned but meditated in... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Beauty of Fire Extinguished by the Beauty of Embers

John Masefield's sonnet 'On Growing Old' makes a serene and meditative comment in both mellifluous and melancholy tones, addressed to youth and old age. He here directly personifies an abstract ideal - Beauty, which stays long after the ruggedness of youth has waned. Time flies without even so much... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Tale of the Contempt of Youth for Age

The protagonist of Shakespeare’s play, King Lear, accustomed to flattery and absolute power, is founded on a childish incident where an aging king decides to give away his kingdom to the daughter who professes to love him most. And this primitive groundwork is matched by the primitiveness of its... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Shakespeare's Story of a Tragedy based on Greek 'Hubris'.

Excessive Pride Leading to Destruction. King Lear is founded on a childish incident where an old King decides to give away his kingdom to the child who professes to love him most, and his abdication results in his madness and all the sufferings it entails. A man of imperious nature, he reacts with... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Chaucer has no peer save Shakespeare

Humor is the stuff and substance of Chaucer’s entire mental constitution. His humor is so subtle, so delicate, so trenchant and penetrating in its spread that it is difficult to locate in isolation at any fixed place when reading the Canterbury Tales. Indeed, the exquisite combination of variety and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tyger, Tyger! Burning Bright

William Blake’s The Tyger (published 1794, extra link for details) is a powerful and formidable poem. Judging by its surface meaning, the poem contemplates the fact that besides peacefulness and gentleness, the world includes fierce strength, terrifying in its possibilities of destructiveness. Blake... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 17, 2018

My Smoothie Ruthie ...

Engrossed as I was, deep in my flippant cacophony Turning in or turning out images, nary a funny Busy braining my wit stormy, while sculpting elite Thoughts of (untold) sketchy Hellenic delight Descending the flight of stairs was my sweetie, Her name, I must tell you sagacious readers, is Ruthie... Sign in to see full entry.

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