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Juno and the Paycock: O’Casey’s Pacifism

O’Casey is not only a great dramatist but also a great humane. Irish characters and Irish civilization constitute basic themes in his plays. O’Casey was committed throughout his life to the liberation of individualism. Being a humanist, O’Casey could never reconcile with the idea of jingoistic patriotism. 5 (1 ratings) You must sign in to …

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Francis Bacon

Bacon challenged the basic beliefs of man e.g. truth, love, friendship, honesty, secrecy and reshaped them. He challenged the most established norm and ideals of mankind. 5 (1 ratings) You must sign in to vote

W.B. Yeats’ Style

W. B. Yeats is one of the greatest poets of the English language. He had in common two main methods of writing poetry: one spontaneous and the other a laborious process involving much alteration and substitution. However, it was only in the early phase of his poetic career that he relied entirely on inspiration giving …

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Lytton Strachey’s ironic attitude

Lytton Strachey, an English biographer, critic and essayist, is best known for his ironic attitude towards the subject of his biographical studies. Strachey’s targets of irony were evangelicalism, liberalism, humanitarianism, education and imperialism. Strachey proposed to write lives with brevity which excludes everything that is redundant and nothing that is significant. He is best known …

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Death of a Salesman: Time Motif

Half way through the first act, the reader hears something about a brother Ben. Willy wishes that he had gone to Alaska with his brother Ben. At the same time he speaks of Ben’s having walked into a jungle and when he came out Ben was rich. In the next speech, Happy tells his dad …

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Lytton Strachey as a biographer

The biographer Lytton Strachey belonged to the Bloomsbury Group. He inaugurated the new era of biographical writing at the close of World War I. In his preface, Strachey enunciated the two fold principle of selection and scrutiny which was to mark all his work. 0 (0 ratings) You must sign in to vote

S. T. Coleridge: Function of Poetry

Coleridge poses numerous questions regarding the nature and function of poetry and then answers them. He also examines the ways in which poetry differs from other kinds of artistic activity, and the role and significance of metre as an essential and significant part of a poem. 0 (0 ratings) You must sign in to vote

Keats’ Concept of Beauty

Keats was considerably influenced by Spenser and was, like Spenser, a passionate lover of beauty in all its forms and manifestations. The passion of beauty constitutes his aestheticism. Beauty was his pole star, beauty in nature, in woman and in art. 5 (1 ratings) You must sign in to vote

S. T. Coleridge: Criticism on Wordsworth’s Theory of Poetic Diction

Wordsworth and Coleridge came together early in life and mutually arose various theories which Wordsworth embodied in his “Preface to the Lyrical Ballads” and tried to put into practice in his poems. Coleridge claimed credit for these theories and said they were “half the child of his brain”. But later on, his views underwent the …

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Theatre of Absurd

The term “Absurd” in its modern sense was first used by Esslin and since then it was attached to a certain outlook on life and viewpoint in literature. Absurd drama has deep roots; it can be related to the mimes of ancient times as well as to the popular comedies of Italy. It connects with …

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T. S. Eliot’s Poetry

Eliot attributed a great deal of his early style to the French Symbolists–Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Laforgue–whom he first encountered in college, in a book by Arthur Symons called The Symbolist Movement in Literature. 5 (1 ratings) You must sign in to vote

Is Swift a misanthrope?

Swift is not a misanthrope rather he is a philanthrope. It is the misconception of those who think Swift as a misanthrope. Swift only wants to reform mankind out of their follies and stupidities. He says that the chief end of all his labour is: 5 (1 ratings) You must sign in to vote