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A Note on William Shakespeare

Posted: October 13, 2007 in Literature
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Few days back one of junior asked me to write something http://chawedrosin.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/shakespeare.jpgabout Shakespeare. Well, they use the articles I wrote for their assignment. But they did not find anything about Shakespeare in my blog. For them, I just copy and paste the note given by my drama professor Mr. C.D. Sebatian

Shakespeare had a posthumous fame. If we place the books written on SP and his writings, as a chain, it will round the globe twice. Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. His birth date is subjected to the assumption. William, the eldest son of John and Mary , was born in 1564, probably on April 23, several days before his baptism on April 26, 1564. That Shakespeare also died on April 23, 52 years later, may have resulted in the adoption of this birth date. (more…)

“I don’t like to call myself a feminist writer. I say I’m a feminist, but I don’t write to propagate an ism,” stresses Shashi Deshpande – Sahitya Akademi award winner in 1990 for her novel ‘That Long Silence’ – “Basically, mine is a quest for the human self within the woman,” she adds.

“I feel I came through only because I had faith in myself. The desire to say something was so strong. That was hard, when my whole life was considered unimportant, my work was considered unimportant, even writing by women was considered unimportant,” explains Bangalore-based Deshpande. “Many women are silenced by lack of time. If I admire anything in myself, it’s only that I kept on. It’s easy to give up,” she adds.

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Dan starts novel saying ” Its all true, and the evident pictures, statements, certificates and rituals stated in the novel are very true: And on other end the movie unfolds with the title saying “Its all imaginatory and has no way related to alive or dead. Now, I repeat as Pilot asked Jesus “What is truth” He dint wait for the answer, But I wait here

I think Catholics must not have made such hues and cries against this. Obviosly there is chance. They received Passion of Christ with all trumpets and palm leaves. So it hurts when the same medium turn againt. Anyway, I would expect them to go with an ideoligical fight instead of banning. As usual it created some waves till it reached big screen. But I think this is a harmless creature comaparing to Many Faces of Jesus and such genre. This is not more than detective stuff.

“The child is the father of the ManAnd I could wish my days to be
Bound each my natural piety”

Wordsworth, the high priest of nature in his one of the master works ‘Ode on Intimation of Immortality’ deals with the immortal memoirs of childhood. The poem is considered as one of the finest odes ever written in English literature. The majesty, the grandeur and the serenity of poem have been the objects of admiration and wonder by all the readers who have read this piece-de-resistance. The gentle melancholy on the past days leave a pleasing pain of nostalgia in listeners’ heart. On running after the lines, we reach somewhere in past; holding the hands of memories, we go back to the innocence and each mind would say ‘we had a nice time’. Now “The things which I have seen I now see no more”.Now that the spring is in the air.The ode unfolds into two parts–the first four stanzas seem to stand apart from the rest of the poem. (more…)

The Wife of Ushers Well

Posted: July 21, 2006 in Literature
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The Wife of Ushers Well portrays the very unusual (and only therefore worth portraying) return of three ghosts to the everyday world. The ordinariness of their former home is emphasized to heighten the extraordinariness of the presence of the very earthly and palpable but nevertheless otherworldly ghosts. Since we cannot take them as seriously as probably the poet and certainly the Wifdid, our interest is likely to be fixed rather on the world they returned to. Even then what we want is to see how it compares with our own familiar world. (more…)

Sir Patrick Spens

Posted: July 21, 2006 in Literature
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“Sir Patrick Spens” is apre-Elizabethan poetry with the anonymously-authored ballad, which pertains to an event said to have taken place in the 14th Century. This old work is important in helping us compare the different styles of poetry and make them clearer in regard to the transition of Middle English to Early Modern English the language of Spenser, Shakespeare and others, that was in use by the 15th Century. Sir Patrick Spens is not the only anonymous work found in English literature of the Middle Ages, but also it is a good example of a story having been poetized. It is generally considered to have been a popular, oral account, handed down from generation to generation and published first in 1765. (more…)

Chevy Chase

Posted: July 21, 2006 in Literature
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The ballad of Chevy Chace is generally thought to describe the Battle of Otterburn. Some of the verses correspond to the that battle, but not all. The Battle of Otterburn took place in 1388. At that Battle Henry Percy (Hotspur) was captured, not killed. He was killed in 1403 in an uprising against Henry IV. Another possibility is the border warfare between a Percy and a Douglas in 1435 or 1436. Henry Percy of Northumberland made a raid into Scotland with 4,000 men. He was met by William Douglas, Earl of Angus at Piperden. There were great losses on each side, but the Scots prevailed. It was said to be the favorite ballad of the common people. The tune was also used for numerous other ballads. Chevy Chase shed fascinating light on the romantic and chivalrous side of mudding, a noble pastime of knights in those distant days. (more…)

Ballad in Genearal

Posted: July 21, 2006 in Literature
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A ballad is a narrative, rhythmic saga of a past affair, which may be heroic, romantic or satirical, almost inevitably catastrophic, which is related in the third person, usually with foreshortened alternating four- and three-stress lines (‘ballad meter’) and simple repeating rhymes, and often with a refrain.

The origin of the word suggested something that could be danced to. Ballads are most often folk poetry in a musical format, passed along orally from generation to generation, set to conventional tunes and usually sung by a solo voice, the hearers joining in the refrain. Until written, the content evolves and changes over time, unlike a more literary poem. (more…)