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Matthew Arnold’s (1822-88) major contribution to English literature was as a prose writer, but in his early years he wrote a considerable quantity of poetry, most of it not being particularly good. However, with “Dover Beach” he produced one of the greatest poems of the 19th cen...
Every so often one comes across a book that is not easy to define, and Estuary by Lydia Fulleylove is one such. Is it a journal? A book of poems? A commentary on nature and agriculture? A book of art? A set of personal reflections? It is all of these and more besides.
Book review on an art & poetry book collaborated by 9 authors of different perspectives.
“Domicilium” is the earliest known poem by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). It was written between 1857 and 1860 but only published, in pamphlet form, in 1916. Hardy was a writer who allowed nothing “unworthy” to survive, and the fact that this product of his youth reached the readin...
14th September 1321 was the day on which Dante Alighieri, usually referred to just as Dante, died in Ravenna, Italy. He has a good claim to the title of Europe’s first post-classical poet of any substance.
This is a summary of the tale told by the Pardoner in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. It is a wonderfully crafted story with a twist in the tail, and the irony of its theme when told by the man in question is difficult to miss.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1340-1400) is a collection of stories supposedly told by a set of pilgrims as they make their way to Canterbury. As well as the tales themselves, the pen-portraits of the storytellers are of great interest. Here is an account of Chaucer’s ...
We all rush through life in an attempt to do more, to accomplish more. The true secret, though, in achieving a life worth living is to slow down. We need to slow down so we can live at a richer pace and so we have time to turn our writing into the best product it can be. .
An analysis of Americanisation, a poem by G K Chesterton that laments, in a not-too-serious way, the growing influence of all things American on British life.
This is a presentation and review of a poem by an English poet who deserves greater recognition for her attractive and perceptive use of words.
How a pre-Victorian family made the works of Shakespeare acceptable in polite society by producing a sanitised version that was far removed from the spirit of the original.
This page offers a summary and analysis of The Miller's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, with particular reference to the responses that the Tale has generated in its readers. Other pages offer an introduction and a synopsis of the plot.
This is a summary of the plot of The Miller's Tale, which forms part of the 14th century "Canterbury Tales", by Geoffrey Chaucer. Other pages offer an introduction and a summary/analysis.
The Miller’s Tale is one of the best-known and best-loved of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, due to its “naughty” nature and the tight and pacey narration. This page is an introduction to the Tale – further pages will give a synopsis of the story and offer an analysis o...
Everybody knows the “Humpty Dumpty” nursery rhyme, and some people will tell you that they know its origin, but are they right?
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