The Effulgence Within

Saturday, May 21, 2022

WHAT GOOD DOES TRAGEDY DO TO OUR SOUL

The Greek word Catharsis means the release of emotional tension – Pity and Fear — after an overwhelming vicarious experience, as of watching a drama, resulting in the purification of these unhealthy, sickly conditions of the soul. In Aristotle’s Poetics, this is the chief function of Tragedy. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 13, 2022

A Fantastic Modish Portrayal of 18th Century London

(To add more clarity to the story) The Rape of the Lock portrays the fashionable world of early 18th century London. Pope’s world gains reality partly from the lavish detail in which he invests the customs, favourite meeting-places, manners and interest of the fashionable society of the age. His... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Pope’s Unmatched Mastery in Treating Events Shallow to Epic Proportions

Pope wrote The Rape of the Lock on a request from his friend John Caryll to help heal a rift between two Catholic families of prominence of the early eighteenth century London. It all started with Lord Petre’s amorous prank of cutting off of a lock of hair of a London society beauty, Miss Arabella... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A Lesson in facing disaster with stoic fortitude

W ordsworth’s poem “Michael” occurs in Lyrical Ballads (1800). The poem’s sub-title “A pastoral poem” indicates that the poet is consciously rejecting the neo-classical pastoral tradition. His shepherds are the real shepherds of the English Lake District and not fanciful in an idyllic countryside.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Sweet Zephyr wafting in Spring

Tethered I was in a strange kingdom Of the obscure Somber A hearty welcome greeted me from the Recesses of a dank cave Cold and dark … ” Lemme outta here!” Oh no, said the voice “Remember The last November you came and I tried to show you your enclave?” “Yes, perforce I was wrapped in layers Of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Be there no Lamentation when to the Light I Embark

Alfred Lord Tennyson could not be technically called a romantic poet, but his romanticism are only subtly detectable. However, highlighting these aspects of romanticism in Tennyson's work is difficult without first defining romanticism and identifying its underlying principles. The most popular poet... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Truth being Widespread and Pervasive, often makes it Insidious

The very first Sutra (sutra means "thread" that weaves a fabric) of Patanjali's Yoga aphorisms says it all. What I am paraphrasing here - will need to be rolled over a few times in the mind to get the sense. The spinning of the mind which we consider to be right knowledge is constituted of what we... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Permanence of Art and Thought as against the Transience of mere Animal Life

The poem Sailing to Byzantium, was one of William Butler Yeats’ masterpieces he wrote in 1927. Byzantium (that is, Constantinople or Istanbul) was the capital of Eastern Roman Empire, an empire of Hellenic Christian culture which lasted from the third century A.D. to the fifteenth. An Old City of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Greatness of Wordsworth’s The Prelude

The Prelude is the greatest long poem in the English language after Paradise Lost. Its comparison with the great seventeenth-century epic is in some respects a happy one since Milton was (after Coleridge) Wordsworth's greatest idol. The Prelude, despite its epic proportions (he wrote it... Sign in to see full entry.

The One Mantra of being Happy

A very ugly girl was sitting at a beach, when the waves washed a bottle at her feet. She opened it - and out blew a huge genie in a billow of smoke. "I have been a prisoner in this bottle for three thousand years." cried the genie, "and now you have freed me. As a reward, I will fulfill any wish you... Sign in to see full entry.

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