“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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“On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer”: Analysis

The Poem On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer By John Keats Much I have travell'd in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. Oft of one wide expanse had I been told That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as …

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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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“Great Expectations”: Book Review

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Charles Dickens' Great Expectations is not it's narrative, form or symbolism, but the way in which it was published. Unlike most Victorian novels, Dickens published Great Expectations in a serialised form, releasing one chapter or section, once a week, every week, for eight months. It was published in All the Year Round magazine, a …

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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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