Modernism & the Human Mosaic

The incursion of modernity upon civilisation brought along with its many benefits a crisis of identity for the human being. This crisis of identity, generally speaking, can be divided in its fragmentation of the human’s ability to perceive one’s self through introspection and extrospection. That is to say, how one harmonises oneself within the chaos … Continue reading Modernism & the Human Mosaic

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Christianity and Paganism in Beowulf

Christianity and paganism appear alongside each other in the poem of Beowulf. The relationship in the text between these two seemingly incompatible belief systems. The poem of Beowulf is unique in being composed in a period of history roughly placed between paganism and Christianity. As a logical reflection of this context, the content of the … Continue reading Christianity and Paganism in Beowulf

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

El ángel caído – Cristina Peri Rossi (Translation and analysis)

The angel hurtled down to earth, exactly as the Russian satellite had, which had been spying on the movements of the American Tenth Fleet when it suddenly lost altitude from its orbit at 950 kilometres above sea level. And exactly like the US satellite that was also spying on the movements of the Russian fleet … Continue reading El ángel caído – Cristina Peri Rossi (Translation and analysis)

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