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

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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

T.S. Eliot: Prufrock finds peace

Eliot initially “drown(s)” in the secular morass that is the Western world at the beginning of the 20th- century, discontent with a “meaningless” and morally “hollow” society, yet matures to embrace the “Birth” of his spiritual sublimation through religious conversion. Prufrock’s “indecision”, allowing the “moment of (his) greatness” to “flicker”, parallels the physical and emotional … Continue reading T.S. Eliot: Prufrock finds peace