God is a DJ

Faithless's 1998 hit, asserted that God is a DJ - but does DJ'ing require the attainment of divine power? After all, it is simply moving from one state into another. This is the illogical and paradoxical manoeuvre that a DJ must undertake every time they pull off a mix. But how could it possibly be … Continue reading God is a DJ

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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

Elegy written in a Country Church-yard – Analysis & Meaning

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 Elegy written in a Country Church-yard – Analysis & Meaning

Shakespeare and Marlowe: The flouting of magic and genre

The timeless appeal of Shakespeare’s plays may owe their popularity to his apparent lack of interest in maintaining genre. His plays appear to reject the blasé conventions, as reality does more often than not, that plagued his contemporaries as well as the popular film, literature, and theatre of our current era. However, I would argue … Continue reading Shakespeare and Marlowe: The flouting of magic and genre