The Effulgence Within

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Astride the Wings of 'The Ode'

Enthused and encouraged by all you dear readers, I thought it relevant that I posted something that throws a bit more light on our yesterday's subject of discussion. Thanks all. The research and the compression, I hope, comes out right. The Ode is a rhymed (usually unrhymed) lyric, often in the form... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

AWAKE, Æolian Lyre, Awake

“A WAKE, Æolian lyre, awake, And give to rapture all thy trembling strings, From Helicon's harmonious springs... “ This is the poet Thomas Gray’s (1716 – 1771) Invocation to the Æolian lyre, that is, the lyre of the ancient Greek poet Pindar who lived between the 6 th and 5 th century B.C. Gray here... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fact or Fiction: Which One?

The Theatre of the Absurd gained much popularity as a medium of dramatic expression, although indistinct in its conveyance but one of relief all right, of the inner conflicts of Man to which he found no answers, especially when the world was passing through a phase of transition – uprisings against... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect...

A friend of mine sent this which I found quite funny and wanted to share... A keen immigrant Indian Marwadi lad (when it comes to business, Marwadis are a community no less than the proverbial Jews) applied for a salesman's job at London 's premier downtown department store. In fact, it was the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Death – Emily Dickinson

“Because I could not stop for Death”, reads the first line of the poem. It has been argued by various critics as to the exact meaning conveyed by the poem. All you readers out there may wish to have a look at this short poem, here. I present my interpretation along with a request to you fine poets... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Biblical and the Non-Biblical in Waiting for Godot

(Related with yesterday’s post) Religion appears to be the motive force behind Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Indeed, much of its dialogue, spectacle and images reflect traditional Christian values. The play repeatedly tells us that the two characters, Estragon and Vladimir are made in God’s image,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Who is Godot?

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is the story of two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon who meet at a country roadside spot, waiting for Godot, an enigmatic being, but he never arrives. His non-arrival provides the only fact about him in the whole pay. Many attempts have been made to identify Godot and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Varied symbolisms in Chekov's The Cherry Orchard

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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Suicidal Romance or Romantic Suicide?

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.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Concept of God in The Plague

Albert Camus’ novel is the story of an epidemic of plague that struck Oran, a city of Algeria on the Mediterranean coast. The citizens lived their monotonous mundane lives. When the death-rate rises the city is sealed off to check the contagion. Within the closed city, the pestilence takes a heavy... Sign in to see full entry.

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