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Paradise Lost

Milton’s conception of Hell in Paradise Lost

 Milton’s Hell is not a place of hopelessness but a place for meaningful activities. In Paradise Lost, Milton gives a vivid and effective picture of Hell. Hell is a place for torment and torture. Milton has described it as a place of dismal situation and as a place burning like furnace. According to the Christianity,..

John Donne

Metaphysical conceits in Donne’s Poetry

A conceit is basically a simile of comparison between two dissimilar things. in a conceit the dissimilarity between the things is so great that the readers are taken aback. Dr. Samuel Johnson pointed out that in metaphysical poetry the most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together. 0 (0 ratings) You must sign in to..

George Herbert

Herbert’s Use of Imagery

George Herbert was a distinguished metaphysical poet. One of the most remarkable aspects of his poetry is the use of brilliant imagery. we get image after image in his poems. Herbert has drawn subject matters from religion but his ideas are developed by the use of concrete imagery. As for example, we can mention the..

Gulliver's Travels

Swift’s Satire in “Gulliver’s Travels”

Gulliver’s Travels was unique in its day; it was not written to woo or entertain. It was an indictment, and it was most popular among those who were indicted — that is, politicians, scientists, philosophers, and Englishmen in general. Swift was roasting people, and they were eager for the banquet. 4 (5 ratings) You must..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..