The Effulgence Within

Friday, November 24, 2017

Eliza's transformation from a squashed cabbage leaf into a duchess

In Shaw's Pygmalion when Eliza first appears as a flower-girl she does not cut a romantic figure. Between eighteen and twenty, she wears a dusty sailor hat, her mousy coloured hair badly needs washing, her shoddy black coat and coarse, brown skirt have long been exposed to the soot of London, her... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Significance of the title of Shaw's play, Pygmalion.

Although the background of Shaw's Pygmalion is phonetics, its basic theme is human relations. Pygmalion, in Classical Greek mythology, was a legendary King of Cyprus and a fine sculptor, who could never find any good in women and resolved to live out his life unmarried. Once he, having fashioned an... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Someone once asked me, where in the body is the soul?

And I answered nowhere and everywhere, just as God exists nowhere and everywhere. It is recorded in the Genesis that God created all that is in six days and on the Seventh, He rested. This I find somewhat difficult to believe, because then there is no possibility for evolution! and it is... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Here there's No Praise for the Rising Sun

John Donne's " The Sunne Rising " (published 1633), is one of his classic poems on love's charm, set in the speaker's bedroom. Here, he, in a rhetorical manner, apostrophises, that is, addresses, the sun. Both he and his lover lay in bed presumably after a night of warm romantic passion, oblivious... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Significance of The Rainbow

THE RAINBOW (published 1915) is perhaps the finest of D.H.Lawrence’s works. Here he displays his daringly modern style of writing – a self-conscious break from the traditional styles of the Victorian... late 19th and early 20th century Europe and North America - both radical and protean. In... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The 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 in man, like that voiced in his The Lamb, the world includes also fierce strength, terrifying... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Fun-Ride through Vocabulary

The last few days we were busy with a biannually held staff Meet at the university immediately after a semester is over. It's great fun and relief from toil with cultural programmes, learning opportunities in creative writing, artistic poetry recitation, diction, the throw of voice, musical nights,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Legion of Religionists (an old poem of mine)

There was once a playful fly who With an intent for amusement Bit rather tight on the shiny Inviting pate of a cocky bald gent from Kent Screaming, Oh you b****** The dude landed on his head a crashing slap Dodging, mocked the fly Serves you right, and with glee I clap At your foolery questing for... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ace Scoundrels Eventually Turn Saintly

This post is inspired by GoldenMean's query as to the possibility of evildoers' draining energy from evilly-inclined dark forces of departed souls, those that float about in space and who have not yet been able to transmigrate into another body for want of a suitable womb, but draw satiation from... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fundamental Connectedness of Sickness and Creativity

Thomas Mann, a German short story writer-novelist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. When his diaries were unsealed in 1975, they told of his struggles with his sexuality and which found reflection in his many works. His Death in Venice (1912) is a short novel wherein perverted love,... Sign in to see full entry.

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