Consider Henry Vaughan as a Metaphysical Poet

In order to justify Henry Vaughan as a metaphysical poet, we must first know what metaphysical poetry means. The term “Metaphysical” is applied to the poetry of John Donne and his followers. But ironically these poets did not know that they were a special kind of poets. Long after they had been dead, Dr. Samuel Johnson […]

Swift’s Attitude to Mankind as Portrayed in Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift had a mysterious character. He was a disappointed, frustrated and embittered man. Cursed with excessive pride and arrogance, he became like a suppressed volcano. So, various interpretations of his life and work have been offered. Critics differ widely on his attitude towards mankind and his society. Macaulay, Jeffrey, and Jeffrey produced unsympathetic studies […]

Consider William Blake as a Social Critic

Blake was a pioneer of romantic revival in English literature. He wrote lyrics and then prophetic poems but they were not to the taste of his time. He was the first to introduce the romantic note of mysticism in English poetry. He is a man of the age of transition. The French revolution had a […]

Consider Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels as a Satire

Swift’s satirical masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels is a celebrated prose work in the form of a travel book. Swift’s real purpose in writing this book was to lash mankind for its follies, absurdities and evil deeds. The writer employs irony, mockery, ridicule, sarcasm and even invective as the weapons of attack, which is illustrated through different […]

Consider Measure for Measure as a Dark Comedy

It is almost a commonplace in Shakespearean criticism to isolate three of his comedies as a separate group and dub them as “dark comedies.” These three comedies are, All’s Well That Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure. When a play like Measure for Measure is called a dark comedy, the reference is at the atmosphere of vice and […]

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