The Effulgence Within

Friday, December 7, 2018

Aren't there Ghosts all around us?

“ Ghosts”, meaning “those who come back” refers to people, ideas or beliefs from the past that affects life in the present. The prevalence of such “ghosts” is a major theme in the Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, written in 1881, a powerful but a controversial play. Taboo topics, like... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

L I F E

I made a posie, while the day ran by: Here will I smell my remnant out, and tie My life within this band. But time did becken to the flowers, and they By noon most cunningly did steal away And wither'd in my hand. My hand was next to them, and then my heart: I took, without more thinking, in good... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Delight in Disorder

(Here's another of Robert Herrick's poems I enjoyed interpreting). Robert Herrick’s Delight in Disorder, is one of his most famous poems published in 1648 in a collection of poems, called the Hesperides. The title of the poem is itself an oxymoron, dedicated to the praise of disorderliness. In a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Night Poece to Julia

A metaphysical poet, Robert Herrick, conjured up incoherent imageries and streamlined these threads into a fine fabric of mannerly poetic diction. Herrick's The Night Piece, to Julia (1648), is a five-line, four-stanza lyric poem where Herrick implores the woman of his desire, Julia, to visit him at... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Today is Diwali, the Festival of Lights, celebrated across India with great verve and fun and frolic, firecrackers Et al. So I thought of contributing something which, I believe, will bring light to yours... The mind is perfectly capable of repeating the Known: with the Unknown, it is powerless,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

I Claim but only a Memory of the same

Born in 1812 in Camberwell in England, Robert Browning has been regarded as one of the stylist litterateurs of the early Victorian era. He found the true channel of his poetic genius in the dramatic monologue. A dramatic monologue is neither soliloquy nor meditation, but is a series of remarks,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Be Thou Me O Ecstasy !

The starry night's twinkling towers And the daylight's dancing hours The birds and trees and skies and flowers Benevolent rains of sweet monsoon showers O Ecstasy, you sovereign almighty Empress Pure, and in the image of perfect gladness Without the tinge of any gloomy sadness Nature's all-embracing... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Significance of the Epilogue in Shaw's Saint Joan

Joan of Arc’s burning at the stake in 1431, is depicted in the last scene of Shaw’s Saint Joan. But the Epilogue which is a dream-fantasy, completes her life-story by showing her rehabilitation in 1456 and her canonization in 1920. On one dark and stormy night in June 1456, King Charles VII of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Trial Scene of the Maid of Orleans

In Shaw’s Saint Jones, while the opening scenes depict Joan of Arc’s coming and triumph, the last scene depicts her trial on the charge of heresy and her death. She is handed over by the secular authorities to the ecclesiastical polity to decide on the ‘how’ and the brutal ‘medievality’ of her... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Soul's Inner Calling versus Religious Fanaticism

The familiar conventional view of Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431) pictures her as a romantic heroic soldier done to death by cruelly unjust repigious fanatics. Shaw’s Joan is still a simple unlettered country lass in her teens, a virgin soldier-saint, still the called-of-God, still the martyred-by-men.... Sign in to see full entry.

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