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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Lyric

The term “Lyric” is often applied to all classes of poetry which is neither narrative nor dramatic. The earliest lyric required the accompaniment of the lyre, and throughout its history the lyric has retained in varying degrees the qualities of song. Certainly, many beautiful lyrics cannot be set to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Timelessness of Poetic Art

I couldn't find much of The Lyric in the net, which would have been a proper sequence after The Ode and The Elegy, but tomorrow I hope be able to do it after some research. Shakespeare’s sonnet “ Like as the Waves towards a Pebbled Shore ” is addressed to a handsome youth of high rank whom he... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Elegy

T he Elegy in ancient Greece was the name given for a song of mourning. The causes of lamentation are various – war, political feuds, the manners and the morals of the time, death. The Elizabethans called a love complaint an elegy. But since then the word has come to mean a poem in which the poet... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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