Yeats' Easter 1916

The Second Coming The enduring nature of Yeats poetry is in its ability to explore the ambivalence faced by humanity. Discuss. In ‘Easter 1916,’ Yeats delves into his ambivalence towards the martyred rebels of the Easter Uprising. Yeats describes the commitment of the rebels as they came ‘with vivid faces’ from their mundane ‘counter or … Read more

King Lear

‘King Lear’ written by Shakespeare examines the protagonist, king Lear, who has experiences the tragic ending due to his disease of madness, which it has similarity with ‘Tuesday with Morrie’ written by Mitch Albom, the protagonist, Morrie, who has the deadly disease ALS and his body keep losing control as the story goes deep. The … Read more

Book review essay: "India's Nuclear Bomb and National Security" (Karsten Frey)

Frey, Karsten. India’s Nuclear Bomb and National Security. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2006 . 232 pp. Rs. 671 /- 1. The dynamics of acquiring a nuclear status for a country seems easy to comprehend for an average educated person. The often quoted reason is the imminent threat from the nuclearized environment around … Read more

The Chimney Sweeper

William Blake writes ‘The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence)’ and ‘The Chimney Sweeper (Experience)’ to be viewed as one because they both explain how young children’s purity is being taken from them and they are being forced to practice life before adulthood. These poems dramatize the conflict between innocence and experience through the use of multiple poetic … Read more

Book review essay: Quicksand, Death of a Salesman and As I Lay Dying

I read these three literary works the traditional way by reading them out of the anthology and also doing some research online. I read a few online summaries as well. In Quicksand, there were many occasions that depicted materialism and spirituality. This fixation on materialism and belongings, also interesting spiritual views carried on throughout the … Read more

Book review essay: Daisy Miller, by Henry James

The novella ‘Daisy Miller’ features a free-spirited protagonist, Daisy Miller, who goes against all societal expectations found in Europe. This story contains morally ambiguous conflicts between individuals and society. This novella is a tale in which a strong, individual woman directly conflicts with her respective society, attempting to uphold independence while flouting societal rules and … Read more

Beowulf

Beowulf may be a strong hearted muscle head, but his biggest virtue that overtakes all others is his loyalty. What started this loyalty streak in him was Hrothgar. What Hrothgar did was not only save Beowulfs dad, but Beowulf himself. Beowulf feels like he could never repay Hrothgar for what he did for Beowulf and … Read more

Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note by Amiri Baraka

The poem ultimately expresses dislocation and political inertia, subliminally questioning the role of the poet as a social voice. The purposelessness of routinized life provokes a literary death wish. The inability to take action and uncertainty of direction is implied through Baraka’s construction of a ‘suicide’ note as an ongoing literary act, a ‘twenty volume’ … Read more

Divergent

Veronica Roth is an American writer and novelist. She was born in August in 1988 and is only 25 years old. Although she’s young, she’s famous for her bestselling trilogy, called Divergent. For these books, she has won prices like ‘Goodreads Favourite Book of 2011’, ‘Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction’ and ‘Best Goodreads … Read more

Macbeth

In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth it is believed that the universe and king were connected. Therefore, if the two were connected, when the king was killed the universe would respond with unnatural events. In this play, the unnatural events foreshadow evil. The unnatural occurrences in Macbeth predict the downfall of the kingdom and death of Macbeth; … Read more