Poem Review: “Sir Orfeo”

Okay, so I’m categorising this alongside my “Poem Reviews”, but technically “Sir Orfeo” is a lay, which is a short form of poetic narrative that tells a story with some kind of a moral message. You can read "Sir Orfeo" for free online here (this is the Laskaya and Salisbury edition, which is the version that …

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“Le Morte Darthur”: Book Review #1

I've decided to break this review up into a few parts, just because Le Morte Darthur is a pretty intense read. Part one is only actually going to cover the first 81 pages of Thomas Malory's text, which are considered, in this particular edition (Oxford 2008), the first section, or book, in this tale of King Arthur …

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“Life Before Man”: Book Review (ish)

I've often heard it said that Margaret Atwood is one of the most varied writers alive today. Whilst, one minute, she'll be working on dystopian scenes of slavery or all-consuming floods, the next, she'll be considering the raw power of human nature, exploring our thought patterns as our differing emotions intersect with one another. "The real …

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“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”: Poem Review

A few weeks back, I wrote a poem review for "Pearl", which is a short, Christian poem originally written in Middle English. As I mentioned then, the anonymous poet who wrote "Pearl", has had three other texts attributed to them: "Patience", "Cleanness" and "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". The latter of these is much …

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“The Heart Goes Last”: Book Review

When most people hear the name Margaret Atwood, they are most likely to think of her more renowned novels, such as Alias Grace and The Handmaid's Tale, the latter of which has recently been adapted into a T.V. mini-series. However, it is important to remember that no author can be limited to only their most …

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“Pearl”: Poem Review

Generally speaking, poems are quite difficult things to review. They can be extremely emotive and personal, their meanings subjective to the reader's perspective and background. To review such a personal thing can therefore seem harsh and unfeeling. Despite this, however, there are some poems, such as epic poems and poems which act as stories and …

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“Accidental Damage”: Book Review

I was recently asked to review a self-published book by Alice May, called Accidental Damage; whilst this is not a genre of book that I have really explored before, this book really impressed me, and I have therefore copied my review below! Enjoy! Alice May’s Accidental Damage offers a first-person account of the trials and incidents …

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