“The Cold Heaven”: Analysis

This is the first of a new blog section that I'm starting, dealing with poetry analysis. Analysing poems is something that I've always liked doing, so thank you for reading; I hope this may be of some use to someone. The Poem The Cold Heaven By W. B. Yeats Suddenly I saw the cold and …

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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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Author Spotlight: Virginia Woolf

Here's another of my mini author biography pages, which were originally written for the Sixth Sense Sixth Form Newspaper. The full edition of this February version is available through this link, here. Enjoy! Virginia Woolf, one of the most reputable writers of the twentieth century, is renowned for her controversial and experimental ideas. More than anything else, …

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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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Play Review: The Taming of the Shrew

We all know Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth, but we are generally less educated in Shakespeare's comedies. The fact of it is, though, that Shakespeare wrote more comedies than he did tragedies or histories. This review will focus on one of Shakespeare's lesser known comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, which, in my opinion, has some of the most …

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“What is a Novel?” / Book Review: “Roxana”

One of the most important questions in literature, and yet one which is rarely asked, is, “where did the novel come from?”. Many assume that it has always been there, supposing, perhaps that it is a term as easily associated with J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, as it is with Homeric epic. Whilst the …

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Book Review: “The Lais of Marie de France”

Consisting of twelve short stories, supposedly composed during the late twelfth century, The Lais of Marie de France tells of chivalric knights and Arthurian wonders, an insight into the nature of love, as well as magic. It demonstrates the values of courtly love, a principle that viewed love not only as a suffering, but a social …

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