The Effulgence Within

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Story of the Godliness of the Soul

There was once a king who had three daughters, all lovely maidens, but the youngest, Psyche, excelled her sisters greatly. Her fame spread, and from everywhere men journeyed to gaze upon her with wonder and adoration and do her homage as though she were in truth one of the immortals, and no one ever... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Vision of Judgment

The subject of Byron's The Vision of Judgment is partly literary and partly political, but its mainspring was Byron's detestation of cant and hypocrisy. On the death of King George III, old, mad, and blind, in 1820, the Poet Laureate Robert Southey produced a laudatory poem. Written in unrhymed... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

An Ode to the Suffering Human Soul

Shakespeare’s 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 violent wrath to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 27, 2020

A Tribute to an Unmatched Master ... (A Repeat)

With three powers are invested we all – Wit, Subtlety and Profundity To which we conform is for us to bare, isolate and hone; ’tis our duty A most sincere journey in discovery, says the great master Shakespeare All the rest that we are not, whatever else we are, for that we are not here The process... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Recognize in Nature the Language of the Moral Sense

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, April 20, 2020

The Realism of Absurdity or Vice Versa

The Theatre of the Absurd gained much popularity as a medium of dramatic expression, although indistinct in its conveyance but one of relief all right, of the inner conflicts of Man to which he found no answers, especially when the world was passing through a phase of transition – uprisings against... Sign in to see full entry.

Cheer up from the gathering darkness of old age

“Be with me, Beauty, for the fire is dying; My dog and I are old, too old for roving. Man, whose young passion sets the spindrift flying, Is soon too lame to march, too cold for loving.” The British Poet Laureate from 1930 to 1967, John Masefield wrote this poem “On Growing Old”, in 1919 when he was... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Guest, but Who?

Poem Rain came in torrents with a pall of dark descending My day’s work done and the last guest gone, I locked the door of my tavern. Knock, knock! Who can be there? Weary and trodden, I ignored peeping through the door None can at this ungodly hour be my guest “Come”, said I, “lay to your rest”.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Attraction of Tragedy

“Among the constituent parts of Tragedy, the prime importance is of the Plot” says Aristotle in his Poetics, adding that the “most powerful elements of attraction in Tragedy, the Peripeteia and Discovery, are parts of the Plot”. He defines Peripeteia as: “the change from one state of things within... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

That Night Windless

Tonight’s the darkest of windless nights Up there, in boundless heights Sat twinkling stars burning bright Utter silence! Yet they seemred To converse in hushed whisper Rapt in attention saw them flicker listened intently what they beamed The void separating each zillions of miles, Converged; a... Sign in to see full entry.

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