The Effulgence Within

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The subliminal connotation of a ‘Prude in a Frock’.

T.S. Eliot’s poem The Portrait of a Lady (composed 1910) is a descriptive monologue concerned with the meetings between a middle-aged society lady and a much younger man during a course spanning ten months. It was suggested by the poet’s visit to one Miss Adelaine Moffat, a well-known Boston hostess... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Power Of Creative Imagination

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk: 'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot, But being too happy in thine happiness,— That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees In... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Something that Concerns the Essence of Living.

Almost every single day, I see great thoughts of great minds in their great writings, great poetry, great sonnets, great Haikus and a variety of other great contributions by great men / women here at Blogitsville... all of which could make for great books. Don't we all feel so, dear blogiteers?... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Grandiose Ceremonial Slander

Dryden's Mac Flecknoe (written 1678, published 1682) was the result of a literary and personal quarrel between Dryden and Thomas Shadwell, a minor playwright. The poem is full of allusions to literary figures, plays, poems and publishers. Mac Flecknoeis a mock-heroic satire. This is literary a mode... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Story of a Foundling

Fielding's Tom Jones is the story of a foundling whom Nature has endowed with physical beauty and happy vitality. But the young Tom did not always act rightly, so that he seems to be something like an unheroic hero. He acts on impulse, sometimes well, sometimes ill, and he lacks a settled kind of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Hymn in Honour of Death

The Garden of Proserpine’ by Algernon Charles Swinburne (published in his collection of Poems and Ballads in 1866), is an exquisite poem based on a tale of Greek mythology. Proserpine (the Latin spelling of Persephone) is the daughter of Ceres and the wife of Pluto, the ruler of the underworld. She... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Rain Of Benevolence does not rain on all alike

Knowing can be of two types. There is one kind of knowledge that is rote, memorized; the other is a live-knowing, known from your lived experiences. No memory is required here. Then what you know is true, authentic knowledge. In the former kind, knowledge is a burden, in which there is every... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

David sees Bath-sheba bathing and ...

David, the slayer of Goliath, became a great king of Israel. Both God and man had sanctioned his kingship and placed much authority in his hands. But, amidst all his strength, David was weak and an easy prey of temptation. On a certain evening he was walking on the roof of the royal palace when he... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Religion can neither be Bodiless nor Soulless

Science and Religion, both have a role to play in equal measure in the lives of humankind. One cannot exist without the other. Science can give you a better body, better health, longevity; it can give you more comforts, all the luxuries of life possible to be bought with money. One can buy a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

We must find our Holy Grail (A Repeat)

(A most difficult ‘fragmented’ poem to analyze). Thomas Stearns Eliot, a 1948 Nobel Laureate, well known for his ground-breaking 20th century poetry of dense and allusion-heavy poems, especially so The Waste Land, is also the most widely talked about poets of literary history. For Eliot, the... Sign in to see full entry.

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