Coleridge’s Treatment of Supernatural in “The Ancient Mariner”

When Coleridge and Wordsworth published “Lyrical Ballads” which laid the foundation stone of Romantic poetry Coleridge states that it was his aim to select remote; uncommon or supernatural incidents in such a manner as to make them appear real. This particular aim of Coleridge is manifested in the “Ancient Mariner” which is based on supernatural […]

Addison’s Prose Style

Addison is ranked with the great prose writers of English literature. To his credit, he has a distinctive prose style. His style consists in the clearness, lucidity, and naturalness. He does not try to produce effects by straining. It comes to him spontaneously because he has an easy mastery of language. No pretentiousness, affectation, pompousness […]

Theme of Regeneration in P. B. Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind”

Percy Bysshe Shelley is a great romantic poet and idealist who believed in the happy future of mankind in which love, justice, and charity would prevail. He is also a revolutionary poet as he believed in social changes and moral reformation of mankind. “Ode to the West Wind” is a great poem which embodies some […]

Arrangement of Serious and Comic Elements in Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare has variously been described as an allegory, a morality play, and a satire. But perhaps, the most satisfactory label for it is tragicomedy or a dark comedy or a bitter comedy. A tragicomedy is a play in which the action passes through a series of tragic situations but which ends […]

The Character of Isabella in Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s problem plays. In one sense it deserves to be considered as a drama of ideas. Isabella, the heroine of this play, is a problematic character because she displays conflicting moral and legal notions through her attitude to sin, justice, celibacy, marriage etc. She is a bundle of contradictions […]