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Truth

February 29, 2008

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“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” Virginia Woolf How can we define truth? Being truthful is not easy. On the top of it, the most difficult task is confessing the truth to ourselves. We are afraid of accepting our defeat. We find excuses to cover […]

Shakespeare Sonnet 106

February 29, 2008

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SONNET 106When in the chronicle of wasted timeI see descriptions of the fairest wights,And beauty making beautiful old rhymeIn praise of ladies dead and lovely knights,Then, in the blazon of sweet beauty’s best,Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow,I see their antique pen would have express’dEven such a beauty as you master […]

Tagore and his ‘Gitanjali’

February 24, 2008

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Rabindra Nath Tagore (1861 – 1941), the celebrated poet, story writer and dramatist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 (in the words of the Nobel Prize Committee) “because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English […]

‘Three Years She Grew…’ by Wordsworth

February 23, 2008

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THREE years she grew in sun and shower, Then Nature said, “A lovelier flower On earth was never sown; This Child I to myself will take; She shall be mine, and I will make A Lady of my own. “Myself will to my darling be Both law and impulse: and with me The Girl, in […]

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

February 22, 2008

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What is justice? Is it definable? Let’s try. Is it impartiality? Or is it being fair? The concept of justice is actually a subjective one and also entails at the same time being objective in judgment. Justice according to some is getting a fair treatment, while for others it is getting justice being delivered in […]

Realism in ‘Joseph Andrews’

February 21, 2008

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Henry Fielding was the pioneer of realism in English fiction. Both Fielding and Richardson were broadly speaking realists. Fielding also reacted against Richardson’s sentimentalism as a falsifying influence on the study of reality, although he does not reject sentimentalism altogether. “His desire”, says Cazamian, “is to give sentiment its right place; but also to integrate […]

‘The Grapes of Wrath’ – A Study in Detail (Part II)

February 6, 2008

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(Part I – see previous post) Steinbeck in this epoch-making novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ has also described the concept of ‘oversoul’. Many philosophers and men of religion, not only in America but also in other parts of the world, have expressed their belief that there is an ‘oversoul’ of which all human beings are […]