Consider some of the ways in which Donne’s poetry could be said to be ambitious in its style and subject matter.

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.

Exploring Donne’s attitudes to love and relationships in his poetry. 

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. 

The Tempest: Prospero’s assessment of Caliban in Act IV.ii.188-193

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

Coming out of my cage – don’t worry, I’ve been doing just fine!

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!

‘The Color Purple’: plot overview 

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 

Owen Sheers: Context 

‘LAST ACT’ Sheers has written about his stammer in the past, in poems like ‘Stammer on Scree’ in his previous collection – ‘The Blue Book’. ‘The King’s Speech’ is  the sorry of George VI’s struggle to overcome his stammer. ‘MAMETZ WOOD’ Mametz Wood is in the Somme region of northern France. 4,000 from the Welsh … More Owen Sheers: Context 

Poetry Context 

Below is a timeline of significant British and world events from 1914-2016. Some of these might have influenced Sheers (1974-present) as well as Heaney (1939-2013).  1914  Outbreak of World War I. UK enters hostilities against Germany. Gruelling trench warfare in Belgium and France. 1918 War ends in November with armistice. The number of UK war … More Poetry Context