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Adrienne Rich, award-winning feminist poet dies at 82

April 4, 2012


Adrienne Rich (1929 – 2012  The news of death of Adrienne Rich, an American poet, essayist and feminist, pulled be back to a reading of her works. As I have always said, rather than discussing a writer’s biographic facts in detail (which are available at any website or book), it is more important to discuss […]

W.H. Auden’s ‘If I Could Tell You’

February 20, 2009


W.H. Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973), who is best known for his long poem ‘The Age of Anxiety’, also wrote, among other books of poetry, essays, plays etc., scripts for films. He also wrote the drama ‘The Ascent of F6’ and ‘The Dog Beneath the Skin’ in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood (who […]

John Updike dies at 76

January 28, 2009


John Updike, the American poet, novelist, short story writer and a literary critic has died of Lung Cancer. He battled with this disease but was all the while quiet in public, it was on January 27 that he lost this battle. He was 76. He is particularly famous for his Rabbit series among which are […]

Emily Dickinson’s ‘Success is Counted Sweetest’

August 15, 2008


SUCCESS IS COUNTED SWEETEST (the text) Success is counted sweetestBy those who ne’er succeed.To comprehend a nectarRequires sorest need.Not one of all the purple HostWho took the Flag todayCan tell the definitionSo clear of VictoryAs he defeated–dying–On whose forbidden earThe distant strains of triumphBurst agonized and clear! Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘Success is Counted Sweetest’ is […]

George Carlin’s View on Aging

June 8, 2008


I am presenting here an e-mail I received with the views expressed on aging by George Carlin, a Grammy-Award winning American actor, comedian and an author. It has been said that these are those expressed by Carlin but anyway, I hope you enjoy reading these well-worded lines. Every statement is worth reading: Do you realize […]

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

February 6, 2008


(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 […]

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

February 3, 2008


The Grapes of Wrath is a strongly sustained social and political narrative that provides and accurate and faithful description of a critical period in American history. The novel is a post-depression novel and the writer John Steinbeck’s epic masterpiece of social consciousness in its picture of helpless people crushed by drought and depression. The novel […]