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Francis Bacon

Aphoristic Style of Bacon

Francis Bacon’s fame as a writer depends most of all on the fact that he is the father of modern English prose. He evolved a prose style that proved for the first time that English could also be used to express the subtleties of thought, in clear and uninvolved sentences. He was the first scientific …

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

‘Pied Beauty’ as a Religious Poem

Pied Beauty as a Religious or Devotional Poem Gerard Manley Hopkins is a distinguished poet of Victorian age. He was influenced by the movement and activities of Victorian period. He was keen observer of socio-political and socio-economic aspects of the society. Nonetheless, he had a great enthusiasm for the sensuous beauty of nature. In the…...

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Paradise Lost

‘Paradise Lost’ as an Epic

John Milton is a distinguish literary figure of the 17th century. His Paradise Lost is a product of renaissance enthusiasm. Though it is a secondary epic, it contains all the characteristics of a classical epic. An epic is a long narrative in which the characters and actions are presented in heroic proportion. Paradise Lost is…...

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Critically Examine Dr. Johnson’s Account of Metaphysical Poetry in ‘Life of Cowley’.

Johnson’s Assessment of the Race of Metaphysical Poets. In the Life of Cowley, Dr. Samuel Johnson has made a critical assessment of the works of the metaphysical poets, especially of Cowley. Metaphysical poets appear as a new school of thought led by John Donne. Metaphysical poetry has been inspired by a philosophic conception of the…...

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Robert Browning

Browning’s Handling of Dramatic Monologue.

Robert Browning has made the effective use of dramatic monologue. Through dramatic monologue the poet has revealed the motives of human behavior. The dramatic monologue is essentially a narrative spoken by a single character. The central character speaks alone. One or more than one listener listens to him. But the listener does not take part…...

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Alfred Tennyson

Tennyson’s Treatment of Nature

Tennyson was a great poet of nature. He stands side by side with Wordsworth, Shelly, Keats and Byron in the treatment of nature. A critic, Harrison, has observed- Byron is the poet of mountains and oceans, Shelly of clouds and airs, Keats of perfume of the evening, Wordsworth of the mysteries and Tennyson is of…...

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Alfred Tennyson

Tennyson’s Use of Myths and Legends

Tennyson’s use of myths and legends in Ulysses, The Lotos-Eaters, Locksley Hall, Tithonus, Morte D’Arthur. Tennyson is a veteran poet of Victorian age. He is called the voice of his time. In the canvas of his poetry all the contemporary problems are reflected. Sometimes Tennyson has used different myths and legends in his poetry only…...

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Sir Philip Sidney

Critically examine Sydney’s views on the antiquity and universality of poetry.

Sir Philip Sydney is regarded as the fore-father in the field of English literature. He is the first critic of English literature. In his time poetry faced a serious crisis because of the conflict of the puritans. Many of the churchmen were against of poetry. One of the puritans, Stephen Gosson, contempt poetry and describes…...

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Bosola in Duchess of Malfi

Character of Bosola

In the play the Duchess of Malfi, John Webster has shown his outstanding skill in characterization. He has created many significant characters in the play. The character of Bosola is essentially a remarkable character. At the very opening of the play, we come to know about Bosola. We see him a discontented person, a rebel,…...

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Wordsworth’s “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” is considered the manifesto to the romantic movement

Wordsworth’s Preface to Lyrical Ballads is the declaration of a movement against the neo-classical poetry dominated by the representative poets of the Neo-classical Age. It announced a new age that was so different from so called Neo-classical age. The Preface is considered a manifesto because it talks about the nature of romantic poetry and declares…...

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