Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2008«

Man and his Destiny

March 31, 2008


There has been continuous struggle between man and time. In this race time has been the eternal winner. The concept of time machine was only a part of the effort to take over time. But alas! that was not to be. ‘Time and tide wait for none’ they say. There are some things that we […]

Grave Diggers Scene in ‘Hamlet’

March 21, 2008


The Grave diggers scene (Act V, sc. i) in ‘Hamlet’ has been frequently called as a definitive final scene in Hamlet’s journey. According to F.T. Prince, it is the scene in which Hamlet finds his way after stumbling through a jungle of emotions.The grave digger scene is divided into two parts; in the first part, […]

Shakespearean Jewels – Part I

March 20, 2008


Shakespeare, since times immemorial, has been known for his witty, precise, pithy and meaningful statements. A few I would like to quote here: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) “Such as we are made of, such we be.” (Twelfth Night) “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets […]

Literary Jewels from Milton’s ”Paradise Lost’

March 18, 2008


The following are a few of the passages quoted from John Milton’s masterpiece, I would say, ‘Paradise Lost’. They are a poet’s delight, something to be savoured by a lover of literature, a thing to be cherished by a person with an aesthetic sense and the one who feels elated by the sheer magic of […]

Romantic Tradition and Shakespeare (with special reference to ‘As You Like It’)

March 15, 2008


The play ‘As You Like It’ was adapted from a romance in prose called ‘Rosalynde’ by Thomas Lodge. The play was in the romance tradition and at the same departure from it.Disguise and mistaken identity were also the techniques that Shakespeare borrowed from the romantic literature. These techniques brought confusion in their wake and also […]

Importance of Opening Scene of ‘Hamlet’

March 11, 2008


As always, Shakespeare opens his tragedy with minor characters, who supply information about – the prevailing situation and the characters.It is revealed that the state of Denmark is in a state of chaos and disorder. This disorder has been prevailing due to the political event of the death of elder Hamlet and also the preparations […]

Wordsworth’s ‘The World is too much with us’

March 4, 2008


THE World is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours;We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon, The winds that will be howling at all hours And are up-gather’d now […]