The Effulgence Within

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Clytemnestra's Killing of Agamemnon

Aeschylus’ Agamemnon is the story of a hereditary blood-feud. It deals with only the middle phase in the gruesome happenings which span three generations. In the opening scene Agamemnon returns to his kingdom in triumph after the fall of Troy. Already Clytemnestra had shown her masculine efficiency... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Gruesome Happenings in the House of Atreus

( Aeschylus’ “The Orestia” is a tale of gore, technically a tragedy but it does not end purely in hopelessness, but on an upbeat note. The modern readers may be surprised because in ancient Athens the term “tragedy” did not carry its modern meaning and many of the tragedies do end on a positive... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Faustus' Last Soliloquy Just Before he is Carried Away to Hell

I hope that this will match with UKUSA's train of thoughts. RPresta wished a continuation. Faustus’ great final soliloquy marks the tragic consummation of the play. In fear we accept the littleness and powerlessness of man, and in pity, we share his sufferings and sympathies with his appeals. In the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Faustus: an Extension of Marlowe's Renaissance Temper (inspired by RPresta)

Today I've attempted to answer thoughtful queries raised by RPresta and UKUSA. Not conforming so much from the biblical or religious point of view, as from the author's. Marlowe was an embodiment of the Renaissance spirit. He prided himself on his paganism, his rebellion against Roman Catholicism,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Pilgrim's Progress in Reverse

The subject of Dr Faustus is the progress of a man’s soul to perdition. It is a pilgrim’s progress in reverse. Marlowe underwent early loss of religious faith. His faith was shattered by intellectual awakening in the atmosphere of religious dissension at Cambridge where Marlowe, like Faustus at... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 4, 2016

An Unknown Guest

Pregnant black clouds gathered that night And rains came in with torrential pour My day’s work done and the last guest gone I locked the door. Knock, knock! Who's there! Someone groggy, or poor? Weary and trodden, I ignored peeping through the door None can at this ungodly hour be my guest 'Come',... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Master's Flawlessness

Prose is plain, rose is divine Sun on the incline and in decline Everything’s like poetry Can take flights in departure Characteristic in its diurnal aperture Without the loss of elegance or grace What beauty 'tis when nothing’s utilitarian And everything’s harmony All’s perfect beyond perfection... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Journey to Christianity

Three men wise from the east Pilgrims, on camel-backs journeyed - “A cold coming they had of it” To Bethlehem, through snowy peaks To witness the birthing of Christ, And of their new faith. On way to the land of their Nativity They pass “three trees on a low sky” Presage of the three crosses on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thomas Mann's Conflict between Art and Life.

Thomas Mann's Death in Venice (1912) is a short novel wherein perverted love, decay and death result from a breakdown of traditional morals of a celebrated middle-aged writer Aschenbach belonging to Munich. A dedicated artist with strong moral attitudes, Ascenbach proceeds on a holiday to Venice. In... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Impetuousness of Feelings in Short-lived Enthusiasms

Although the background of Shaw's Pygmalion is phonetics, its basic theme is human relations. Pygmalion, in classical Greek mythology, was a legendary king of Cyprus, who, having fashioned an ivory statue of a woman, fell in love with it. The goddess Aphrodite (Venus) gave it life and Pygmalion... Sign in to see full entry.

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