The Effulgence Within

Thursday, October 21, 2021

John Milton’s Pastoral Elegy - Lycidas

“Lycidas”. by John Milton (1608 – 1674) is technically speaking, a pastoral elegy. Death is the inspiration and sole theme of an elegy, and one of its subtype is the pastoral elegy originated by the Sicilian Greek poets – Theocritus, Bion and Moschus, their funeral dirges being known in antiquity as... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Non-existing Objectives

I was reading about Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky. All were revolutionaries, but of different kinds: Marx, non-violent; Stalin, violent; and Trotsky, violence personified. The Marxist revolution thrived under the umbrella of the Gainer Theory which says: Either you gain something or you... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

One Night Windless

Tonight’s the darkest of windless nights Up there, in limitless heights Sat twinkling stars burning bright Utter silence! Yet they seem To converse in hushed whisper Rapt in attention, I tried to listen intently The vast void separating them, billions in miles, Converged; the friendly cluster beamed... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 11, 2021

How can there be a one-legged God?

Personalizing the Supreme Power which presides Over both good and evil is who we call God It is not that good is God and evil is Devil Because then His power is diluted, rather The devil seems more powerful; there Are more tears than laughter - they never seem Kinsfolk; if I instead replace the word... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Elegy in Deathless Devotion

It was after forty years in 1913 that Thomas Hardy revisited Cornwall, a county to the south of the English Channel, where he had first wooed his heartthrob, Emma, who had then died just a year before. This hallowed place of love where he had once experienced the joys of life is now but only a sad... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Role of Horatian Literature

Born about half a century BC, the Roman poet Horace is one of the distinguished exponents of the classical school of criticism. Interestingly, the son of a slave, Horace was also a soldier who served under the leadership of General Brutus, after Julius Caesar's assassination. He believed that great... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Force that Through the Green Fuse

The famous poet Dylan (pronounced dalan, in Welsh) Thomas’ “ The Force that Through the Green Fuse ” was published when he was only twenty. The poem’s theme is that the forces that control the growth and decay, the beauty and the terror of human life, are the very forces that we see at work in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 3, 2021


"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, like... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Time, the Eternity too, one day dies

One of Dylan Thomas’ exquisite poems is the Fern Hill (1945). Fern Hill is the farm of Ann Jones, his aunt. It was the place of his holidays from his home at Swansea in Wales. ( Stanza 1 ): The poem opens with the boy playing about in the house and under the apple trees as happy as the day was long.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 30, 2021

A Sunlit Bath. …. (A Repeat)

Woken up by thunder steep as I was in a slumber deep Heard someone shouting, Wake up, look … a guest is waiting! Dead in the night groggy I was, went back to my treasured cause. But sleep came not that night; thoughts knocking as in a fight Getting up, opened the door, saw none out there waiting;... Sign in to see full entry.

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