The Effulgence Within

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Joyce gives a new and radiant body in Language

In the last chapter of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, S tephen propounds an aesthetic theory. Despite it being Stephen's adolescent theory, it is dramatically appropriate; the word 'adolescent' implies inappropriateness, not mature, but when we are comparing maturity of any normal... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Stephen Dedalus as the alter ego of James Joyce

I was recently assigned the job of teaching James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to the students of M.A. Final, substituting for another professor who took ill suddenly in the face of their oncoming exams. Since I had to do this in record time, it was a fortuitous challenge which... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Bliss of Ecstasy in Transcendence

Published in 1924 and one of his best-known poems, Pablo Neruda’s "Ah Vastness of Pines" is both sensuous and boldly metaphorical. The poem opens with his intensely felt attraction of the moment caught up by the senses of the sight and sound. It is an evening scene heightened by the mystical... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Delightful Life-like Characterization of Chaucer's Portraitures

Chaucer's Prologue to the Canterbury Tales forms a faithful record of English life in late fourteenth century, also called the late Middle Ages. Its peculiar greatness resides in the vividness of its individual portraiture and in the representative character of the entire series of portraits as a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Humour in Geoffrey Chaucer, the Father of English Litersture

The greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, when he died in 1400, he was honoured by being the first poet to be buried at the Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey in London. Humour is the stuff and substance of Chaucer’s entire mental constitution. His humour is so subtle, so delicate, so trenchant... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Absence of Logic in the Theatre of the Absurd

Hailed as one of the greatest Romanian playwrights, Eugene Ionesco wrote his dramas in French. Having spent his childhood in utter poverty, he came to believe that life's paradoxes were absurd and "out of harmony". Thus, the play, Rhinoceros, belongs to the Theatre of the Absurd. – the theatre that... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dances for thee, Death, Feastings for thee!

“ When lilacs last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”, a magnificent elegy, expresses the deep sense of loss that Walt Whitman felt after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on 15 th April 1865. When Whitman first heard of the assassination, it was the spring of the year and the lilacs were in... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Tale of a Pen

( On one of my childhood experiences) One day while rummaging through the miscellanea that had accumulated in my drawer over the years, I came upon a slim case sheathed in purple satin. Not quite sure and trying to recall what the box contained, I started wiping the case slowly even as a faint... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Finest Fruit on the Tree of Knowledge

(This is a much shortened version of my paper presentation at the University on "Religion, Myth, Culture... and of their influence on Philosophy/Literature", attended by national and international delegates). All religions, excepting that of the Hindus, are founded on a single historical event or by... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Centre Sans Circumference

The moon is within me and so is the sun The unstruck drum of Eternity is sounded within me But my deaf ears cannot hear it......Kabir Truth cannot be known in the ordinary sense-knowledge; not by the senses of sight, of hearing, of smell, of touch or of taste. Nor even by the mind or the intellect.... Sign in to see full entry.

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