The Effulgence Within

Monday, November 22, 2021

Different Varieties of the Lyric Family

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.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Alexander’s Feast: The Power of Music

Saint Cecilia, a Roman Virgin and martyr (230 A D) is technically the patron saint of music and the inventor of the organ. Dryden’s poem Alexander’s Feast is written in celebration of St. Cecilia’s Day on 22 nd November 1697. The poem opens with Alexander the Great, son of Philip, king of Macedon,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

A disloyal man’s antics ?

Apostate Boudoir Memoirs Yesterday morn as I, startled, from my dream awoke, Wondering how’s it my beloved’s at my side? Even as with cock’s-crow the sunlight broke Hesitantly, through the wide Open windows of her boudoir, falling On her disheveled hair, fell back I, recalling How she’d let go last... Sign in to see full entry.

Woken up by a Thunder Steep

Woken up by a thunder steep as I was in a slumber deep Felt as if someone shouting, Wake up, look … a guest is waiting! Dead in the night groggy I was, went back to my treasured cause Morning, upon opening the door, saw no one waiting out there; sore I wondered, “A friendly guest?” but who! Then... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

The Enemy Killed is the Poet Himself

Wilfred Owen’s Strange Meeting is a protest, not simply against war but against the glamorizing of war. If we think of it as a dream, it is founded on actual incidents of soldiers whom the poet saw die in the tunneled dug-outs. Escaping into a “profound dull tunnel” the poet comes on “encumbered... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Robert Browning’s A Grammarian’s Funeral

A company of a grammarian's pupils are bearing their master's coffin for burial at the summit of a mountain. One of them tells his story and dilates on the praises of the departed scholar. They cannot fittingly bury their master on the plain with the common folk. He shall rest on a peak whose height... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

How to make the Inconceivable to Materialize

The mind is perfectly capable of repeating the Known: with the Unknown, it is powerless, perfectly incapable, it is impotent. See how difficult it becomes when the mind has to deal with words like eternity, absolute, void! However much you nay roll these words in your mind, they yield nothing but... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

John Milton’s Pastoral Elegy - Lycidas

“Lycidas”. by John Milton (1608 – 1674) is technically speaking, a pastoral elegy. Death is the inspiration and sole theme of an elegy, and one of its subtype is the pastoral elegy originated by the Sicilian Greek poets – Theocritus, Bion and Moschus, their funeral dirges being known in antiquity as... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Non-existing Objectives

I was reading about Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky. All were revolutionaries, but of different kinds: Marx, non-violent; Stalin, violent; and Trotsky, violence personified. The Marxist revolution thrived under the umbrella of the Gainer Theory which says: Either you gain something or you... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

One Night Windless

Tonight’s the darkest of windless nights Up there, in limitless heights Sat twinkling stars burning bright Utter silence! Yet they seem To converse in hushed whisper Rapt in attention, I tried to listen intently The vast void separating them, billions in miles, Converged; the friendly cluster beamed... Sign in to see full entry.

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