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

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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...

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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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Consider the Portrayal of Marriage in George Eliot’s 'Middlemarch'
Throughout history, marriage has been
central to the lives of both men and women – from the Wife of Bath’s Prologue
in Chaucer’s Tales to Henry James’s Portrait of a Lady , the question of
matrimony has always been a pervasive theme in the trajectory of lit...

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Discuss Wealth and Corruption in Charles Dickens’s 'Our Mutual Friend'
Mutual Friend is one of Dickens’ most complicated novels, made up of
a complex of interrelated plots and sub-plots. This multi-layered storyline enables
Dickens to give a comprehensive vision of the breadth of London life, from the
aristocrats and nouve...

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Discuss conflict in the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Poetry, said Yeats, is
made out of a “quarrel with ourselves”. This statement seems to exemplify
Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poems, rife as they are with internal religious conflict.
The two major conflicts or tensions in Hopkins’ verse are between aestheticism

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Trump History X
Originally published before the election on Cambridge's 'Varsity' website: “We need to open our eyes. There
are over two million illegal immigrants bedding down in this state tonight!
This state spent three billion do...

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Consider the Reader-Speaker Relationship in Robert Browning's Dramatic Monologues
It was the criticism that Robert Browning’s early
poems received, particularly Mill’s harsh remarks on Pauline , that
encouraged Browning towards the form for which he is most famous, the so-called
dramatic monologue. His early poems were largely denounced ...

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7 Great Poems Every Radical Should Know
This article was originally published on The Radical Tea Towel Company's blog: This selection of poems is by no means exhaustive. There are
hundreds and hundreds of radical poems I could’ve in...

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On Our Shared Humanity - Calais, Lesbos, and the Refugee Crisis
This article was originally published on The Radical Tea Towel Company's blog page: A couple of weeks ago, I was giving a speech at
my old school about the refugee crisis and my time workin...
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