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18 year-old literary and political blogger
18 year-old literary and political blogger

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The Use of Names in Ben Jonson's Plays
The astute choice of a
character’s name is something we, as readers, cherish in literature. We only
have to recall Dickens’s villains to see how important a name can be in the
depiction of a certain personality – the name Ebenezer Scrooge ( A Christmas Caro...
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Masks and Poses in Donne's Holy Sonnets
In his poem ‘Jordan’,
George Herbert criticises the convoluted nature of Renaissance poetry and urges
poets towards straightforward expressions of emotion, particularly religious
emotion. He questions ‘Is there in truth no beauty?’ and opens the poem’s thir...
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Religion in Marlowe’s 'Jew of Malta'
Whilst Marlowe was writing,
anti-Semitism was rife across the entirety of Europe. The Renaissance period
saw the rise of increasingly xenophobic, anti-Jewish fears somewhat comparable
to the prejudice against Islam in the Western world today, fed on and aug...
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Opposition and Ambiguity in Milton's 'Paradise Lost'
The story of the Fall is
one of opposition and conflict, centred around the battle of good and evil,
faith and temptation. Michelangelo’s Fall
of Man epitomises this opposition with its two separate depictions of Adam
and Eve. On the left, Adam and Eve are ...
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Consider the flaws of More's fictional Utopia
The so-called ‘Living Hall’ is the only room of The Frick Collection
that has been left entirely unchanged since Henry Clay Frick moved into the
mansion at the turn of the 20 th Century. With its engaged columns,
broken pediments and Victorian architraves, ...
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Consider the conflict of idealism and realism in The Parnassus Plays
Though we
often think of modernism as the point at which artistic creation and the role
of the artist-poet in society really became a major consideration of artistic
work (exemplified by Wallace Stevens’s ‘Of Modern Poetry’), it was, in fact, during
the Ren...
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The Development of Poetic Form in Renaissance England
It was, of course, Geoffrey
Chaucer who laid the foundations for the rise of a vernacular English poetry.
In his Canterbury Tales , he developed
the iambic pentameter and the rhyming couplet, and to that extent, he is
rightly seen as the ‘father’ of English...
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Culture and Consciousness in Joyce's "Ulysses"
In Episode 9 of James
Joyce’s Ulysses , ‘Scylla and
Charybdis’, a brief discussion takes place about Goethe’s novel Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship . The
work is introduced by the librarian, who describes the novel’s protagonist as
‘A hesitating soul takin...
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Light and Fire in Eliot's "Four Quartets"
T.S. Eliot’s early poetry is full of natural symbolism.
There is the fog in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, the wind in
“Gerontion”, and of course the water, fire, and thunder in The Waste Land . The same is true of the Four Quartets , with rivers, o...
Light and Fire in Eliot's "Four Quartets"
Light and Fire in Eliot's "Four Quartets"
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The Poetic Style of Edward Thomas
Ted Hughes once described
the poet Edward Thomas as ‘the father of us all’. Due to the overwhelming
emphasis placed on the role of ‘modernism’ in twentieth century poetry, this
claim may seem surprising. When we think of the most influential ‘modern’ texts
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