God said “Let Newton be, then there was Light”

KEEPING FAITH IN THE CREATIVE SPIRIT. Genesis begins ” In the beginning God created heaven and earth. And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the waters. And God said, Let there be light. In that very confident ageContinue reading “God said “Let Newton be, then there was Light””

THE MAKING OF “GENIUS”.

LOOKING AT THE WORD “ROMANTIC (3) So great a genius was Shakespeare that the very word “genius” had to be adapted in meaning to account for him. That is quite a fact so please read the first sentence again to make sure you have taken it in! For earlier meanings I refer again to ourContinue reading “THE MAKING OF “GENIUS”.”

“Enjambment! Or would You Prefer the French Version, Sir?”

Is there a word the sound of which-whether uttered correctly or incorrectly -makes you wince? In French -for me, “enjambement” is not like that. It is rather such a sweet sounding, elegant intonation. I love to hear it pronounced by a good French speaker. And I , in turn, attempted, in my rudimentary French toContinue reading ““Enjambment! Or would You Prefer the French Version, Sir?””

GUEST POST: A WELCOME RETURN TO THE SONGWRITER WHO CONTAINS MULTITUDES.

A Review of Bob Dylan’s Album “Rough and Rowdy Ways” by Duncan C. Eddie. Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. There was considerable debate and discussion around whether he ought to have received such an esteemed award. Is he not primarily a songwriter and musician? Singer Patti Smith went onContinue reading “GUEST POST: A WELCOME RETURN TO THE SONGWRITER WHO CONTAINS MULTITUDES.”

“THERE WAS A BOY”

This poem was initially written as a separate one and then was later incorporated in “The Prelude” (Book5), the long autobiographical poem in twelve books, which Wordsworth subtitled “Growth of a Poet’s Mind” The work in these early books, as in this poem here, follows Wordsworth’s early development and his boyhood love of Nature inContinue reading ““THERE WAS A BOY””

LOOKING AT THE WORD “ROMANTIC” (2)

Words can be presences that inspire and encourage us forward; words can act like a pillory holding you down, keeping you confined. Great poets recreate the language, making it new. That was what Wordsworth and the great Romantics did. But the language was ready for them to act on it. As Logan Pearsall Smith (seeContinue reading “LOOKING AT THE WORD “ROMANTIC” (2)”

MARY SHELLEY’S “FRANKENSTEIN”: THE CREATION MYTH DEVELOPED BY CULTURAL MARXISM.

Between the eighties and nineties I was not much involved with academic life. When I returned to teach Open University students a course on “Approaches to Literature” I was surprised to discover that a novel I had thought to be on the periphery of literary focus had become a central part of the curriculum. Earlier,Continue reading “MARY SHELLEY’S “FRANKENSTEIN”: THE CREATION MYTH DEVELOPED BY CULTURAL MARXISM.”

“WHAT IS IT TO BE A ROMANTIC?”: PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING?

We have been looking at Romanticism in general and some aspects of pre-romanticism ( the picturesque, the sublime etc) and the history of “romantic” as a word. We shall be looking at various examples of Romantic poetry and prose and asking questions as to its continuing influence on us today. But here is another angle:Continue reading ““WHAT IS IT TO BE A ROMANTIC?”: PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING?”

FILMING THE ALPS IN WORDS: FRANKENSTEIN

FROM PICTURESQUE TO SUBLIME: MARY SHELLEY “The next day we pursued our journey upon mules; and as we ascended still higher, the valley assumed a more magnificent and astonishing character; and as we ascended still higher, the valley assumed a more magnificent and astonishing character. Ruined castles hanging on precipices of piny mountains; the impetuousContinue reading “FILMING THE ALPS IN WORDS: FRANKENSTEIN”

“HIM WHO FIRST DESCRIBED WHAT PICTURESQUE BEAUTY WAS”: JANE AUSTEN AND WILLIAM GILPIN (2)

Marianne’s sensitivity to the beauty of the landscape (see post “Jane Austen and the Picturesque”) shows her feeling for the picturesque, a pre-Romantic era concept, that developed in popularity through the eighteenth century. That it is a fashionable tendency is due largely to the work of William Gilpin(1724-1804). Gilpin distinguishes picturesque beauty from natural beautyContinue reading ““HIM WHO FIRST DESCRIBED WHAT PICTURESQUE BEAUTY WAS”: JANE AUSTEN AND WILLIAM GILPIN (2)”