“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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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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“The Odyssey”: Poem Review

The Odyssey is one of the greatest tales of all time, renowned for its influences over other works, its critical commentary of the human condition, and, more importantly, its story. Unlike Homer's earlier work, The Iliad, The Odyssey is a complex poem with numerous embedded narrators and a non-linear storyline, its protagonist and hero, Odysseus, reflecting on many …

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“The Inferior”: Book Review

“The Inferior” is based in a fictional world, which, arguably, could be futuristic. It highlights the main attributes of humanity, perhaps questioning our own society, and yet I consider it light reading that is addictive and pleasurable. Stopmouth, the protagonist hero and main character of the novel, faces humanity’s responses to a desperate situation. His …

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“The Heart of Darkness”: Book Review

Sometime in 2015, I began my first blog, focussed on book reviews. However, as this blog (A Writer's Beginning) has become my primary blog, I have decided to transfer my earlier posts onto here and close this other blog. Thank you for reading! “The Heart of Darkness” is a heart-wrenching tale of the injustice within …

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