“The Dream of the Rood” as a Devotional Poem

“The Dream of the Rood” is the most famous of all English religious poems. It was composed to celebrate the find of a piece of the True Cross. The poem is totally preserved in three different forms – inscribed by hand in stone, on the skin, and in silver. However, it is called a “devotional […]

Nature in Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The precarious existence of man in the face of natural forces and calamities has been the subject-matter of much great literature throughout the ages. Anglo-Saxon poetry also depicts a primitive world where the basic question of life is the fight – man has to wage against the hostile Nature. As the society was primitive and […]

Special Features of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

The Anglo-Saxon invaders, who came to Britain in the latter part of the 5th century A.D and eventually established their kingdom there, were the founders of English culture and English literature. The surviving Anglo-Saxon literature consists of two types of writing; the heroic poetry which bears the pictures of the pre-Christian heroic society of the […]

Distinctive Features of Anglo-Saxon Prose

The Anglo-Saxon invaders of Britain brought with them their old poetry, but there is no evidence of having possessed any literary prose tradition. The development of Old English prose does not, therefore, go back to the earlier Germanic origin, as the poetry does. It takes place wholly in England and largely as a result of […]

Discuss “As You Like It” as a Romantic Comedy

William Shakespeare wrote a number of romantic comedies of which As You Like It is the finest. A romantic comedy is a play in which the romantic elements are mingled with comic elements. While the romantic elements like delight and thrill enchant us; the comic elements make us laugh. Thus a romantic comedy is a […]

Impression of Sir Roger De Coverley as gathered from The Coverley Papers

The essays in the Spectator cover a wide diversity of subjects. They are a faithful reflection of the life of the contemporary time viewed with a dispassionate eye. All these essays are the best known in which the characters represent the new social life of England. Sir Roger De Coverley appears in about 35 essays […]

Political Analysis of Naipaul’s A Bend in the River

V. S. Naipaul’s novel A Bend in the River is set in an unnamed African country which has just got its independence from the European power. He shows that the independence has removed the hope of eliminating ignorance. The people are no more genuine, they have become greedy and selfish, and their cultural identities are […]