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RESTORATION VERSE SATIRE

The Puritan Experiment in government did not survive for too long after Cromwell’s death in 1658 and in May 1660 Charles II was reinstated to the throne of England. Satirical poetry flourished during this phrase and the main exponent of this form was John Dryden (1631-1700). His great political satires […]

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DR FAUSTUS AND THE SEVEN DEATHLY SINS

Dr Faustus is a short play written by Christopher Marlowe. The play is a mastermind insight into the paradoxical soul of mankind and its ironically self inflicted corruption. The play could be classification as a theological allegory. it can assumed that the play specifically speaks to the time, but can […]

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PARADISE LOST: BEELZEBUB, MAMMON, MULCIBER AND MOLOCH

Beelzebub in Paradise Lost Book I, is the first mate of Satan. He is Satan’s “bold compeer” and next to him “in power, and next in crime.” There are few legends in The Bible associated with Beelzebub, but, Milton seems to portray him in Paradise Lost rather as an allegorization […]

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RESTORATION HEROIC TRAGEDY

In the serious plays produced shortly after the Restoration there is an artificial declamatory elevation which, joined with bustling action and elaborate spectacle, for some years dazzled audiences. Later this “heroic” type of play yielded to dramas of pathos and sentimentality. Sir William Davenant was a major influence behind the […]

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RESTORATION COMEDY

The Puritan experiment in government did not long survive and after Cromwell’s death in 1658, and in May 1660 Charles II was restored to the throne of English. The reaction against Puritan manners and morals was inevitable. It gained force from the fact that many of the returned Cavaliers had […]

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ELIZABETHAN SONNET SEQUENCE

In the development of the lyric poetry during the Elizabethan Age, the sonnet form emerged and developed to its maturity. The etymological history of the word “sonnet” draws us back to the Italian word “sonneto”, which means “a little sound”. Sonnet, a subspecies of the lyric genre, is originally a […]

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JOHN KEATS:ODE TO AUTUMN

“To Autumn” is the final work in a group of poems known as Keats’ “1819 odes”. He composed “To Autumn” after a walk near Winchester one autumnal evening. This ode describes, in its three stanzas, three different aspects of the season: its fruitfulness, its labour and its ultimate decline. Through […]

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OLD ENGLISH HEROIC POETRY

The Anglo-Saxon invaders, who came to Britain in the latter part of the 5th century A.D and eventually established their kingdoms there, were the founders of what we can properly call English culture and English Literature, Beowulf holds a special position in Anglo-Saxon literature- indeed, in older Germanic literature as […]

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CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF SHAKESPEARE’S SONNET NO:130

Sonnet No. 130 is an unconventional sonnet which belongs to Shakespeare’s Dark Lady series, and no doubt, it is extraordinary and differs largely in conception, thought and approach from other conventional or traditional Elizabethan sonnets which were mostly written on the theme of human love. Sonnet 130 is quite original […]

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PARADISE LOST: FIRST SPEECH OF SATAN

John Milton’s Satan, by common consent is one of the greatest artistic creation in any language. He is the most heroic and magnificent character ever portrayed. There has been a great controversy on the ambiguity of his character, yet it is an absolute truth that his character engages the reader’s […]

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DRAMATIC IMAGERY OF MACBETH

In Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth the dramatist uses darkness imagery for the three purposes in order to create atmosphere, to aroused emotions of the audience and to contribute to the major theme of the play. the darkness imagery in Macbeth contributes to its ominous atmosphere. In the beginning of the play […]

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Character of Banquo

Shakespeare in Macbeth has drawn Banquo as someone who is noble and is a man who obeyed orders and possessed unwavering loyalty towards those he acknowledges. Although he is ambitious in nature but like Macbeth he does not bring those corrupt thoughts to light. Banquo, like Macbeth is a brave […]

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works of Robert Browning

Robert Browning (1812-89)             Browning’s first notable poem is the extremely subjective Pauline published in 1833 is highly Shelleyan.  Paracelsus was published in 1835 was the story of the hero’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge which is beyond the grasp of one single man. This poem brings forth Browning’s predominant idea […]

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Works of Lord Alfred tennyson in a nutshell

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-92)  Tennyson was the most representative Victorian and was also the most popular poet of his age. He won the Chancellor’s prize at Cambridge in 1829 for a poem on Timbuctoo. In 1930 his Poems, Chiefly Lyrical was published. The publication of his two volumes of poetry […]

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Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill is one of the most famous individuals of the 20th Century who successfully led Britain to victory during World War II. He was born on November 30th in the year 1874 and became a Member of Parliament in the year 1900. He was the Prime Minister […]

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