The Effulgence Within

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shantih, Shantih, Shantih - The Peace that Passeth all Understanding

Thomas Stearns Eliot, a 1948 Nobel Laureate, well known for his ground-breaking 20th century poetry of dense and allusion-heavy poems, especially so The Waste Land, is also the most widely talked about poets of literary history. For Eliot, the wasteland symbolizes that area of human life where men... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Does Gone With the Wind Portray Women as Strong or pigeon-holed?

Tara is the name of a large cotton plantation in rural Georgia, owned by an Irish immigrant who has three young daughters. The eldest, Scarlett O'Hara is the most beautiful and is sought after by every young man in the country. But Scarlett's secret affections go for the refined and aristocratic... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Are there any ebbs in the flow of life?

Just imagine! Would existence be possible without the opposites? If there is life, there is death; if there are happiness galore, there are endless sorrows. If there are the scorching heat, parched lands and brown desolate deserts, there are the cool rains and seas and verdant greens aplenty too.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shelley as a Lyric Poet in his Ode to the West Wind

The lyric proper is the product of a swift, momentary and passionate impulse. What the lyric poet has observed and experienced does generate in his mind trains of thought and waves of feeling producing an inner tension which finds release in lyrical outpourings. It is a cry from the heart - of joy,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hail to thee, blithe spirit! ... Bird thou never wert ...

Shelley's To a Skylark has been regarded as the most wonderful of English lyrics. Its passionate effusions, its swift change of mood, its rapid succession of imagery, its rich melody, its lofty flights, and its idealistic yearnings cannot be analyzed. As the skylark singing melodiously rises higher... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pardon, Goddess! that thy secrets should be sung ...

In the days of the old, it so happened that men on earth started paying homage less and less to the temple of Aphrodite; it went increasingly unprayed and its altar uncleaned from neglect. Many a times not even the incense sticks were burned. Venus, the goddess of beauty to the Greeks, as Aphrodite,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Does Time fly past without even so much as a whisper?

It is the austere language of a diffident man, Hardy, when he was around sixty years of age, in 1898. The short poem is marked with stoical fortitude; patient and uncomplaining. “I Look into My Glass”, has an indelible immediate appeal on the readers’ mind in his teaching man to face up to Time... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

One of the greatest Impressionstic Works ever written

In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the word "Portrait" suggests Joyce's contribution to the modernist literature, and has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement". According to the Irish scholar and writer Declan Kiberd, "Before Joyce, no writer of fiction had so... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Joyce gives a new and radiant body in Language

In the last chapter of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, S tephen propounds an aesthetic theory. Despite it being Stephen's adolescent theory, it is dramatically appropriate; the word 'adolescent' implies inappropriateness, not mature, but when we are comparing maturity of any normal... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Stephen Dedalus as the alter ego of James Joyce

I was recently assigned the job of teaching James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to the students of M.A. Final, substituting for another professor who took ill suddenly in the face of their oncoming exams. Since I had to do this in record time, it was a fortuitous challenge which... Sign in to see full entry.

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