The Effulgence Within

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.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Migrations: Keki N Daruwalla

MIGRATIONS Migrations are always difficult: ask any drought, any plague; ask the year 1947. Ask the chronicles themselves: if there had been no migrations would there have been enough history to munch on? Going back in time is also tough. Ask anyone back-trekking to Sargodha or Jhelum or Mianwali... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Rossetti: The Blessed Damozel

The Blessed Damozel is the story of a woman in heaven waiting for the arrival of the man she loved on earth. She talks about what she would do when he comes, how she will show him all the beautiful things in heaven where dwell all the saints and angels, besides Virgin Mary and the Christ. But the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 14, 2021

An Appeal

My apologies to all my fellow readers at Blogitsville that it's been too long a time I've not been able to read, write, or comment in return. I've tested Corona+ve but that's one thing. The situation is going or rather has gone beyond control and in almost the every other house, we have 3 or 4... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Legion of Religioniists (a serio-comic poem I once wrote)

There was once a playful fly who With an intent for amusement Bit rather tight on the shiny Inviting pate of a cocky bald gent Screaming, Oh you b****** The dude on his grassless patch landed a crashing slap Dodging, mocked the fly Serves you right, and with glee I clap At your foolery questing for... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

George Herbert’s The Pulley

An exquisite poem by George Herbert, a 17 th century poet who died young, at forty, in 1633. He has been rightfully called the saint of the Metaphysical school. His poem, The Pulley, is a depiction of the inescapable relationship between Man and God. When God created Man, He, in his beneficence,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Struggle of the Divine in us to Win Over Evil

The longest poem The Fairie Quenne written in the English language is by Edmund Spenser (1552 – 1599). First published in 1590 were Books I – III, and was later republished in 1596 with three more books, IV – VI. The epic is a fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

To an Athelete Dying Young

In the poem "To an Athlete Dying young", Housman recalls a time when a young athlete won the race which brought honour to the town. For his victory he was given a hero's reception by being carried in a chair throughout the market place. He was brought home held shoulder-high while people young and... Sign in to see full entry.

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