The Effulgence Within

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Rape of the Lock as a Delightful mock-epic

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.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Alexander Pope's Belinda Portrayed as a Goddess?

The Rape of the Lock portrays the fashionable world of the early eighteenth century London, and its title page describes it as a heroic-comical poem. Pope remarks that "the use of pompous language for low actions is the perfection of the mock-epic." The mock-heroic is singularly effective in... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Lifelikeness of the Supernatural

The Ancient Mariner is the story of a real-life sea voyage pervaded by a supernatural atmosphere. A couple, on way to attending a wedding, is suddenly stopped by an old mariner, and catching hold of the guest's hands, starts telling his mysterious sea voyage story. The stranger is naturally,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Birthday, by Wislawa Szymborska - if one were to describe it in one word, it is simply a most exquisite poem, so full of exuberance, so full of the gifts of God's bounty, so full of happy gaiety, so full of marvel, that it is natural for the poem to be a hearty outburst in its lyrical note and the... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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