The Effulgence Within

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Are there any ebbs in the flow of life?

Just imagine! Would existence be possible without the opposites? If there is life, there is death; if there are happiness galore, there are endless sorrows. If there are the scorching heat, parched lands and brown desolate deserts, there are the cool rains and seas and verdant greens aplenty too.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shelley as a Lyric Poet in his Ode to the West Wind

The lyric proper is the product of a swift, momentary and passionate impulse. What the lyric poet has observed and experienced does generate in his mind trains of thought and waves of feeling producing an inner tension which finds release in lyrical outpourings. It is a cry from the heart - of joy,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hail to thee, blithe spirit! ... Bird thou never wert ...

Shelley's To a Skylark has been regarded as the most wonderful of English lyrics. Its passionate effusions, its swift change of mood, its rapid succession of imagery, its rich melody, its lofty flights, and its idealistic yearnings cannot be analyzed. As the skylark singing melodiously rises higher... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pardon, Goddess! that thy secrets should be sung ...

In the days of the old, it so happened that men on earth started paying homage less and less to the temple of Aphrodite; it went increasingly unprayed and its altar uncleaned from neglect. Many a times not even the incense sticks were burned. Venus, the goddess of beauty to the Greeks, as Aphrodite,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Does Time fly past without even so much as a whisper?

It is the austere language of a diffident man, Hardy, when he was around sixty years of age, in 1898. The short poem is marked with stoical fortitude; patient and uncomplaining. “I Look into My Glass”, has an indelible immediate appeal on the readers’ mind in his teaching man to face up to Time... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

One of the greatest Impressionstic Works ever written

In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the word "Portrait" suggests Joyce's contribution to the modernist literature, and has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement". According to the Irish scholar and writer Declan Kiberd, "Before Joyce, no writer of fiction had so... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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