Character Analysis of Belinda in The Rape of the Lock

Belinda represents the fashionable and aristocratic ladies of the time. She is a woman of superb beauty and charm. Early in the poem, she is compared to the sun (also at the beginning of the Canto II). The brightness of her eyes surpasses the brightness of the sun. The poet invests her almost with divine […]

Beowulf as a National Epic

Beowulf is the earliest epic poem written in the English language. Although it is generally regarded as an epic poem, it is worthwhile to consider how far this long narrative poem about the exploits of Beowulf conforms to the Aristotelian conception of epic. An epic should be universal, taking in all of life and representing […]

A Study of The Aeneid as a National Epic unlike The Iliad

Introduction We must agree that any artist, however talented, cannot altogether avoid the influence of his age. He is to take into account the characteristics of his age. In other words having his root in the contemporary time, he is to express the thoughts and feelings of his mind. So is the case with both […]

Write a Note on the Predicament of Dido in Virgil’s the Aeneid

The composition of the Dido episode in the Aeneid is a remarkable aspect of this great epic, revealing Virgil’s originality in depicting this central woman character. Virgil is greatly influenced by Homer, no doubt, but Homer’s passive and unromantic attitude to Helen has left no impact on Virgil, while Homer depicts Helen as a symbol […]

Significance of the Aeneas – Turnus Conflict

The conflict between Aeneas, the Trojan hero and leader and Turnus, the Rutulian Prince and the leader of all Italian forces against the invaders is given towards the conclusion of the epic. It is, therefore, very much significant in the total scheme of the epic. The Aeneid is not a personal epic about Aeneas but […]

Aeneas’ Visit to the Underworld

Virgil has described Aeneas’ visit to the underworld in Book VI of The Aeneid. It has been considered as the greatest achievement of Virgil’s imaginative and poetic powers. The episode is the keystone of the whole of The Aeneid and without this episode, the poem would break apart into the two separate incomplete and unconnected […]

“The Dream of the Rood” as a Dramatic Monologue

A dramatic monologue is essentially a narrative spoken by a single character and unlike the soliloquy, it implies the presence of some other characters listening and reacting. According to Cuddon’s Dictionary of the Literary Terms, dramatic monologue is “a poem in which there is one imaginary speaker addressing an imaginary audience” as in Browning’s “Andrea […]

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