The Effulgence Within

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Childhood-time and Time

A nother of Dylan Thomas’ exquisite poems is the Fern Hill (1945). Fern Hill is the farm of Ann Jones, his aunt. It was the place of his holidays from his home at Swansea in Wales. ( Stanza 1 ): The poem opens with the boy playing about in the house and under the apple trees as happy as the day was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Force that Through the Green Fuse

The famous poet Dylan (pronounced dalan, in Welsh) Thomas’ “ The Force that Through the Green Fuse ” was published when he was only twenty. The poem’s theme is that the forces that control the growth and decay, the beauty and the terror of human life, are the very forces that we see at work in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In great tragedy as in life, there is no poetic justice

Shakespeare’s King Lear is founded on a childish incident where an old King decides to give away his kingdom to the child who professes to love him most, and his abdication results in his madness and all the sufferings it entails. A man of imperious nature, he reacts with violent wrath to the... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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