The Effulgence Within
I see with wondrous eyes the dances Of life and death going on unceasingly Without a pause, for there are no full stops or commas In the cosmic cycle of Nature; it is always a continuous “IS” A yellowed leaf falls, detached from the tree, silently Without leaving a tear or a scar behind; it happily... Sign in to see full entry.
Fear, sorrow, love, sadness and death, are all subjects of ballad songs. Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were yellow as gold: Her skin was as white as leprosy … We see in the above lines of “The Ancient Mariner” the medieval influence of the supernatural at work in the skeletal... Sign in to see full entry.
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.
" 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,... Sign in to see full entry.
The five Lucy poems composed by Wordsworth four were printed in Lyrical Ballads of 1800. These four poems, all in the lyrical vein, are sober meditations on the death or apprehension of death of a girl who was the object of a deep and tender love. The love is not impassioned but meditated in... Sign in to see full entry.
Modem critics have held many different views of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Among these the major objection has been that the Book, a twelve volume epic, is militantly Christian and does not adhere to diverse viewpoints of the modern age. Milton’s religious views are actually a mirror of the age in... Sign in to see full entry.
The long-drawn ten years’ war in Troy has ended. The ship of Odysseus (that is, Ulysses) sets sail for homeward journey. The mariners sight land. A few of them go to explore the region. The air, languid, all quiet reigned. The streams seemed slumberous in movement. It was a land where nothing... Sign in to see full entry.
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.
A while back, I finished reading Gustave Flaubert’s famous controversial novel, Madame Bovary. It struck me as an ingenuous work of art with a seminal depiction of the reality of the mid-nineteenth century French cultural mores and ethics. Published in 1857, after the novel was acquitted by the... Sign in to see full entry.
Dryden's Mac Flecknoe was written in 1678 and published in 1682. The title of the poem was the result of a literary and personal quarrel between Dryden and Thomas Shadwell, a minor playwright. The play is full of allusions to literary figures, plays, poems and publishers. Mac Flecknoe is a... Sign in to see full entry.