The Effulgence Within

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Role of Horatian Literature

Born about half a century BC, the Roman poet Horace is one of the distinguished exponents of the classical school of criticism. Interestingly, the son of a slave, Horace was also a soldier who served under the leadership of General Brutus, after Julius Caesar's assassination. He believed that great... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Force that Through the Green Fuse

The famous poet Dylan (pronounced dalan, in Welsh) Thomas’ “ The Force that Through the Green Fuse ” was published when he was only twenty. The poem’s theme is that the forces that control the growth and decay, the beauty and the terror of human life, are the very forces that we see at work in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 3, 2021


"Ghosts”, meaning “those who come back” refers to people, ideas or beliefs from the past that affects life in the present. The prevalence of such “ghosts” is a major theme in the Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, written in 1881, a powerful as also a controversial play. Taboo topics, like... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Time, the Eternity too, one day dies

One of Dylan Thomas’ exquisite poems is the Fern Hill (1945). Fern Hill is the farm of Ann Jones, his aunt. It was the place of his holidays from his home at Swansea in Wales. ( Stanza 1 ): The poem opens with the boy playing about in the house and under the apple trees as happy as the day was long.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 30, 2021

A Sunlit Bath. …. (A Repeat)

Woken up by thunder steep as I was in a slumber deep Heard someone shouting, Wake up, look … a guest is waiting! Dead in the night groggy I was, went back to my treasured cause. But sleep came not that night; thoughts knocking as in a fight Getting up, opened the door, saw none out there waiting;... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Unparalleled poetry on moral issues

No poet has succeeded in writing finer poetry on moral issues than Wordsworth. He was preoccupied with the moral effect of Nature. He was “well pleased to recognize in Nature the language of the sense”- The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse, The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul Of all... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Tears, Idle Tears (can they take us beyond?)

Alfred, LordTennyson’s lyric “ Tears, Idle Tears ” (click Title) expresses the deepest feelings of sadness with graceful fluency. 'Idle tears', because at first the poet finds incessant tears helplessly welling up in his eyes upon seeing the bounties of autumn. The lyric wonders as to the meaning of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Behold her, single in the field/Yon Solitary Highland Lass

"The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more." ( The Solitary Reaper ) In the course of one of his walking tours, Wordsworth once saw a Scottish Highland girl reaping and singing all alone in a field. Her song, which had a melancholy ring, filled the entire valley, and the poet was... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A Touching and Elegiac Poem for the Young Dead

Wilfred Owen’s sonnet Anthem for Doomed Youth is a touching and delicate elegiac poem on a whole generation of young men doomed to die in battle. The poet says that young soldiers sent to fight abroad get ruthlessly slaughtered like cattle in the battle. Their deaths are unheroic and horrible. No... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 16, 2021

The Clash of Modernity Vs Old Russia

A classical dramatic literature, Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard serves as a fluid and complex symbol that has different meanings with different classes of people and also with the changing times. At one time when the cherry orchard was in bloom and laden with fruits, it was a source of great... Sign in to see full entry.

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