The Effulgence Within

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Abiding in the Transient

Alfred, LordTennyson’s lyric “ Tears, Idle Tears ” expresses the deepest feelings of sadness with graceful fluency. The lyric wonders as to the meaning of tears that spring from our innermost depths and making way through the heart collect in the eyes. And the selfsame tears fill our eyes when the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ecstatic Joy of Transcendence

A brief synopsis of yesterday's two stanzas of Pablo Neruda's poem and then to the concluding ones... The true poetic genius of Pablo Neruda found expression in the conveyance of the mystical through his use of bold metaphors. In “ Ah Vastness of Pines ”, approaching a pine grove, the fading light... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Spanish Love Poems

Here is the Link to a Pablo Neruda poem of which (for lack of time), I have just been able to do the first two stanzas. The other two, in my subsequent posts. Ah Vastness of Pines Published in 1924 and one of his best-known poems, Pablo Neruda’s " Ah Vastness of Pines" is both sensuous and boldly... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Humanity transcending the Clevage of War

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.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Patriotism alone is not enough

On the outbreak of the World War of 1914, the war verse of Rupert Brooke stimulated the imagination of the English people, the key piece being supplied by his The Soldier. This celebrated sonnet is neither jingoistic nor gushingly emotional. It expresses in melodious verse Brooke’s unruffled through... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Three Sisters

Anton Chekov’s play The Three Sisters ( 1901 ) centers around the lives of three sisters. The eldest Olga, an old maid of twenty-eight, teaches at a girls’ school; the middle sister Masha is unhappily married to a school teacher; the youngest Irina, who is twenty and unmarried, is wooed by two army... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Anthem for Doomed Youth

Wilfred Owen’s sonnet Anthem for Doomed Youth is a touching and delicate elegiac poem on a whole generation of young men doomed to die in battle. The poet says that young soldiers sent to fight abroad get ruthlessly slaughtered like cattle in the battle. Their deaths are unheroic and horrible. No... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

William Blake’s The Tyger (published 1794, extra link for details) is a powerful and formidable poem. Judging by its surface meaning, the poem contemplates the fact that besides peacefulness and gentleness, the world includes fierce strength, terrifying in its possibilities of destructiveness. Blake... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Picture of Remote Pagan Britain

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 this primitive groundwork is matched by the primitiveness of its people and the world in which they live. Here is a picture of a remote and... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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