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Sir Walter Scott: Being A Child Of History.
“To thine own self be true” said windbag platitudinous Polonious until Hamlet abruptly burst the balloon. Notwithstanding the source it might seem good advice. Until perhaps we ask the question…
How The Language Changed.
Keeping True To The Wonder.
IT is Christmas tree purchase time once again-unless that is you are one of those wise people who has nurtured one from a previous year which you can continue to…
“Sweet Thames Run Softly, Till I End My Song”: Two Kinds Of Poetry; Two Kinds Of Use Of English?
It’s a famous, striking and beautiful line I think! It is also a charming illustration! Charming, however, is not a critical word. It means simply you are attracted by the…
Debate Between A Retired Teacher Of English & An Enthusiastic Student On SALLY ROONEY
So large and so significant is English as a literature that you never really lose sight of the need to learn and study more. Additionally I was brought up to…
“What Is Honour? A Word”
The affections lead us on says Wordsworth. So does language. This is what Falstaff is resisting in connection with the word “honour” . He has landed himself in a battle…
The Names Of Wildflowers: A Vocabulary To Treasure.
Savour the names! Jenkins is writing his response to receiving a copy of Sarah Raven’s “Wild Flowers” . But the first thing he pays attention to is the index so…
“By Boots I Am M.A”
In the 1920’s D. H. Lawrence wrote the following clever poem. It may not be one of his best but it is witty and challenging, probably more to us now…
The Third Realm
The Third realm sounds mysterious, perhaps mystical, but is simply like this. It is English class and a group of students look at a poem, let us say this by…
Music That Murders Silence
You cannot escape it can you? That loud over-powering pulsating beat! We have gone to a bar cafe for a late Saturday lunch and all we want to do is…
Expanding Science & The Declining Center.
As though the scientific edifice of the modern world were not, in its intellectual depth, complexity and articulation, the most beautiful collective work of the mind of man. C.P. Snow…
Has Literature A Function In The State? It Has…….
Has literature a function in the state? …. It has. And the function is not the coercing or emotionally persuading or bullying or suppressing people into the acceptance of any…
Knowing We Do Not Belong To Ourselves : Different Views.
What know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1.Corinthians…