The Effulgence Within

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Frost at Midnight

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Frost at Midnight (1798) opens with an atmosphere outside of Coleridge’s home with the frost performing its ministry, making everything so desolate and bitterly cold that the owlets cry out loud; the eerie surrounding is otherwise ‘too calm’ as to vex the surreptitious... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 25, 2021

The Moving Pain of the Discharged war veteran returning home

‘No living thing appeared in earth or air, And, save the flowing water’s peaceful voice, Sound there was none - but, Lo! an uncouth shape. Shown by the sudden turning of the road, So near that slipping back into the shade Of a thick hawthorn, I could mark him well Myself unseen. He was of stature... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Thorn that stuck in Martha Ray forever

The subject of Wordsworth’s poem “The Thorn”, which occurs in Lyrical Ballads (1800), is Martha Ray, and her misery. It marks the beginning of the Romantic Movement in English literature. The natural setting is the thorn, an old, grey, forlorn thing: only yards from it is a small pond of muddy water... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Recalling the charming absurdities of the 18th century England

The previous discussions and commentaries impel me to write one last note on Pope's delightful poem. (Excuse me for a bit stretched write). Pope wrote The Rape of the Lock on a request from his friend John Caryll to help heal a rift between two Catholic families of prominence of the early eighteenth... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

A Realistic Portrayal of the early eighteenth century Fashionable Society

A good number of you readers have shown fascination for the stylistic livings of the late 18th and early 19th century English people. Today I take you through a journey of a century earlier, The London society, by Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock portrays the fashionable world of early 18th... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Real Life Country Gentry in late 18th and early 19th Century England

In Mansfield Park (published in three volumes in 1814) only a section of English life of Jane Austen’s times is described – the life of the country gentry of the professional middle-class. In this novel the everyday affairs of country houses are given far more space than the so-called “dramatic”... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Gothic Elements in Keats’ The Eve of St Agnes

St Agnes, a Christian maiden of Roman birth, was martyred at the age of thirteen (304 A.D.) for refusing to marry a heathen. She is the patron of virgins. Keats’ poem The Eve of St. Agnes is based on a medieval folklore which, as Keats tells us, is that a pure young maiden who on St. Agnes’ Eve (20... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Do Unsure Love-doubts Assail Men more than Women

Comments inspired me to write another note on Antony and Cleopatra The particular glory of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra lies not so much in its dramatic quality, as it does in its poetry. The play is the story of a man (Antony) who would lose his all for a woman (Cleopatra) who would take all.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A Clustered Woman Gypsy of Shakespearean Creation

Cleopatra, as portrayed by Shakespeare, is probably the most complex and fully-developed woman characters of his entire body of work. She is a creature of contradictions: a woman of irresistible magnetic charm enough to whisk a man away from his wits, she is a liar, hypocrite and a Cyprian... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Charles Swinburne’s The Forsaken Garden

In Swinburne’s The Forsaken Garden has for its setting the West Undercliff in the extreme south of the Isle of Wight, an Isle off the south coast of England. The choice of one such desolate, far-off place gives us the impression that the place is as distanced from Swinburns as is one extreme corner... Sign in to see full entry.

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