Browsing All Posts published on »July, 2008«

Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ – an Overview

July 30, 2008


‘The Tempest’ is a part of the last group of plays written by Shakespeare. The other plays included in this group are ‘Winter’s Tale’, ‘Cymbeline’ and Pericles. ‘The Tempest’ has also been called ‘Shakespeare’s last will’, as it expresses his opinion about the way we should live and opinion different from that en his tragedies […]

Wordsworth’s ‘The Stolen Boat’ from ‘Prelude’

July 25, 2008


‘The Stolen Boat’ (text) ( photo source: One summer evening (led by her) I foundA little boat tied to a willow treeWithin a rocky cave, its usual home.Straight I unloosed her chain, and stepping inPushed from the shore. It was an act of stealthAnd troubled pleasure, nor without the voiceOf mountain-echoes did my boat […]

Charlotte Bronte’s Message of Peace

July 23, 2008


Charlotte Bronte’s quote:“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs”,taken from her famous novel ‘Jane Eyre’ gives us a message of being at peace with ourselves and with others. Animosity (meaning ‘bitter hostility’) is such a negative emotion that it should never become the cause of our actions, […]

The University Wits

July 20, 2008


The term University Wits is applied to a group of scholars, who wrote in the closing years of sixteenth century. They arrived in London from Oxford and Cambridge University and significantly influenced the development of Elizabethan literature. The group included – John Lyly, George Peele, Robert Greene, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Lodge, Thomas Nashe and Thomas […]

Plotdog weekly contest July 18

July 20, 2008


PlotDog Press has weekly writing contest in which my post “The Elizabethan Sonnet” was also entered but it didn’t make it to the top.However, below is the list of the winners. They’re all very commendable sites.Woof Winners: Writers Offering Our Finest for 18 July WOOF Contest – Top 5 Picks:About Writing and Author Interviews / […]

Poetry as Criticism of Life – Matthew Arnold

July 17, 2008


In his essay, ‘The Study of Poetry’ Matthew Arnold has presented poetry as a criticism of life. In the beginning of his essay he states: “In poetry as criticism of life, under conditions fixed for such criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty, the spirit of our race will find, as time […]

The Elizabethan Sonnet

July 16, 2008


The sonnet, a poem of fourteen lines was originally invented in the thirteenth century Italy. It probably originated with Dante, who wrote a number of sonnets to his beloved named Beatrice. But the genre of sonnets flourished under Petrarch (1304 – 74) a generation later. The introduction of sonnets in England is credited to Wyatt […]