‘… Aristophanes professed to open another vein of discourse; he had a mind to praise Love in another way, unlike that either of Pausanias or Eryximachus. Mankind; he said, judging by their neglect of him, have never, as I think, at all understood the power of Love. For if they had understood him they would … More Favourite Bedtime Story
In Before You Were Mine, Duffy reminisces through looking at a one or more photographs of her late mother, idolizing her life and perhaps unnecessarily blaming herself for the changes she saw in her mother before and after she was born. Larkin reflects on an event that appears to have shaped a rather large part … More Compare the presentation of memories in ‘Before You Were Mine’ and ‘Wild Oats’.
To be ambitious is to have a strong need and determination to succeed – something Donne had in many aspects of his life. From his poetry, relationship with God, to his personal life, Donne had a ‘restless desire for work and for worldly success’. Perhaps Donne’s most ambitious move was his decision to marry Anne … More Consider some of the ways in which Donne’s poetry could be said to be ambitious in its style and subject matter.
Explore the attitudes towards love and relationships in two or three poems of your choice, and analyse some of the ways that Donne presents these attitudes. In all of his poems, there is a ‘strikingly similar’ audacity with which Donne conveys his feelings about love and relationships, whether those be poems about his life experiences, … More Exploring Donne’s attitudes to love and relationships in his poetry.
PROSPERO: A devil, a born devil, on whose nature Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost; And, as with age his body uglier grows, So his mind cankers. I will plague them all, Even to roaring. How far do you agree … More The Tempest: Prospero’s assessment of Caliban in Act IV.ii.188-193
I was clearing out my mail-box yesterday afternoon, and stumble across a thread of e-mails from WordPress. There was a particularly lovely one from a girl called Sophie – thank you so much for that -, as well as others from not only fellow Literature students, but people from around the world! Naturally, I had … More Coming out of my cage – don’t worry, I’ve been doing just fine!
Celie, the protagonist and narrator of The Color Purple, is a poor, uneducated, fourteen-year-old black girl living in rural Georgia. Celie starts writing letters to God because her father, Alphonso, beats and rapes her. Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once. Celie gave birth to a girl, whom her father stole and presumably killed in the … More ‘The Color Purple’: plot overview