El banquete – Julio Ramón Ribeyro (English translation)

For over two months of anticipation, Don Fernando Pasamano had been preparing the fine details for this illustrious event. Firstly, his residence had to undergo a general renovation. And as it was an old manor house it was necessary to knock out some walls, enlarge the windows, put down some new floorboards, and paint the … Continue reading El banquete – Julio Ramón Ribeyro (English translation)

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Melancholia: An analysis of Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard by Thomas Gray

Melancholy dominates the emotional mood throughout “Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard” by the poet Thomas Gray, which is appropriate for the genre of elegy. However, though the requisite of mourning is present, ancient elegies are sung for fallen heroes or great beauties that are the subject of epics and myths — and not the … Continue reading Melancholia: An analysis of Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard by Thomas Gray

The Bird Divine: A comparative analysis of ‘The Windhover’ by Gerald Manley Hopkins

In 'The Windhover' by Gerald Manley Hopkins, Christ embodies a bird of prey, this is apparent as the poem is addressed “To Christ, our Lord.” Within the poem, the windhover, a kestrel known for hovering with its head toward the wind type, descends upon its prey. However, the language he uses to describe the kill … Continue reading The Bird Divine: A comparative analysis of ‘The Windhover’ by Gerald Manley Hopkins

Frankenstein: The Monster as the battleground of Sentimentality vs Rationality

Since the creation of our earliest myths to the current day, the monster has played a hugely important role in characterising the inexplicable, marginal, and dissonant elements of our world. This has been especially true of 18th literature, whose monsters reflected the fears and mislaid hopes of those living in the age of reason. It … Continue reading Frankenstein: The Monster as the battleground of Sentimentality vs Rationality