Category Archives: Essays on English

Wordsworth theory of poetic diction

What kind of language is appropriate for poetry?

Aristotle, Horace, Dante, Sidney, Dryden, and Johnson, had all advocated in a certain degree that a serious poet should use a lofty/high style language. They briefly discussed that the language of literature, whether poetry or drama, should be different from the language used in the real world. Wordsworth opposes this view, and in doing so, makes an ‘Objective’ analysis of the language of poetry.

Shelly as a Revolutionary Poet

Revolution is a dominant spirit in almost all the Romantic Poets. Percy Bysshe Shelley, a Romantic poet, is also called rebel for his idea of revolution in his poetry. He was one of the major English Romantic poets, and was regarded by some as the finest lyric, as well as epic, poet in the English language. HE was born in 4 August 1792 in Horsham, England. As the French Revolution dominated all politics in those years, unlike Wordsworth and Coleridge, Shelly never appalled by the ideals of revolution, though he was appalled by the dictatorship of Napoleon. Shelley only experienced the revolution at second hand through the books of various writers. When he looked back, all he could see was the flame of revolution still flickering in spite of the terror and disease.

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

Edmund Spenser was an English poet who lived for less than 50 years. He was best known for Faerie Queen, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor Dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsman of Modern English verse in its infancy. He is considered as one of the greatest poets in the English language.

Essay: A Temporary Matter by Jhumpa Lahiri

Sample Essay

‘A temporary matter’ by Jhumpa Lahiri talks about a married couple that lost a child who was still born. Since that death, their marriage has deteriorated. There is a coldness and distance between the two. When the electric company decides to cut power in order to repair a faulty line, the couple gets a chance to open up and discuss things they had never shared with each other before. However, the husband, Shukumar realizes that while his wife brought up the idea of sharing secrets, and despite the fact that this had brought them closer for a time, she was still planning for her life alone.