The Effulgence Within

Sunday, September 29, 2019

We must find our Holy Grail (A Repeat)

(A most difficult ‘fragmented’ poem to analyze). Thomas Stearns Eliot, a 1948 Nobel Laureate, well known for his ground-breaking 20th century poetry of dense and allusion-heavy poems, especially so The Waste Land, is also the most widely talked about poets of literary history. For Eliot, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Coleridge’s Innovative Ballad Style In the Ancient Mariner

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 ship - the dicing demons on the deck evoking a fearful nightmare of... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

A tale of a Moving Cry of Despair

Many of the English hymnodist William Cowper’s poems are a mental record of his mood swings of severe depression. He yearned that his torrid love affair with his first cousin Theodora be culminated in marriage. It could not, because of his father’s strong opposition to an unsociable alliance. This... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lost in Listless Lotos-Lands

Gone was I, away to the lotos-lands distant Far away, not in the moment, not in the instant No inspiration, no motivation, no cheer, no liveliness Only non-stimulation, lax in laxity, in flux-cum-unfixity Hinged - not falling not rising; ice-like — neither water nor vapor — Vacuous, lacking in... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Picture of a Remote Britain before the advent of Christianity

Shakespeare’s King Lear is founded on a childish incident where an old king decides to give away his kingdom to the child who professes to love him most. And this primitive groundwork is matched by the primitiveness of its people and the world in which they live. Here is a picture of a remote and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Nothing Excels the Beauty of Genuine Sympathy

The greatness of Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (tap on the title to read, if you wish) has never been doubted. The poem is a chain of melancholy musings on the obscure lot of the humble village folk who lie buried at Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire. It reveals much of Gray’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Greeks were True Artists of Tragedy

According to Aristotle, Tragedy is composed of (a) Plot, Character and Thought, which concern the object represented, (b) Diction and Melody, which concern the means of representation, and (c) Spectacle, which is related to the manner of representation. To him, Plot is of supreme importance, more... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Swinburne’s Hymn in Honour of Death

In Greek mythology Prosperine is the daughter of Ceres and the wife of Pluto. She is thus the goddess of Hades (that is, the kingdom of the dead), and her Garden lies on the border of Hades. Swinburne uses the myth to express a mood. In The Garden of Proserpine the Garden becomes a symbol of death... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Transcending the Clevage of War and Stolid Stupidity

(A shattering weekend beginning with a massacre at the Walmart superstore in Texas on Saturday, followed by another just 13 hours later in Ohio, leaving so many dead made me go back to Wilfred Owen’s poem and his prophetic statement). Wilfred Owen’s Strange Meeting is a protest, not simply against... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Oh No, Not So Soon...

But Oh No, not so soon, not so soon dear! I ain‘t one to close The doors of my luscious senses; they’re my repose, Harbinger of delights, winds of desires, that take flights. Taste, touch, smell, hearing, and my sights Playfully virginal, sinful, errant, but still beautiful Gaiety, indulgence,... Sign in to see full entry.

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