Coming by Philip Larkin

How successful is Philip Larkin in depicting the transition between winter and summer? Change of seasons, an uncommon theme in modern poetry, is explored beautifully in Coming, a poem by Philip Larkin. In its totality, it provides us with a real life experience of transition between two seasons. The title itself refers to transition and … Continue reading Coming by Philip Larkin

Sorry, Shakespeare!

There was an odd issue which had been troubling me for days. I brought it up during my causal discussion with people who were aware of Shakespearean literature, though not in depth. Today, strangely, Debora, a Grade IX student brought it up. I instantly gave her my best compliments. What she asked me was why … Continue reading Sorry, Shakespeare!

The Sea Eats the Land at Home


VaishnaviNotes by Sreekumar K

Kofi Awoonor’s poem The Sea Eats the Land at Home, using a string of concrete visual images,  depicts the tragic picture of a people losing themselves and their belongings. It is possible that the poem has an allegorical slant too, since the poet does not say home on land but land at home. However, even without another layer of meaning, the poem is enjoyable for its objectified pathos and detached point of view and narration. The ocean is personified with its insensitive stubborn nature and  destructive perseverance.  The helplessness of the victims whose wails fall on deaf ears of men and gods adds to the tragic element of the poem.

Repetition is one of the techniques that the poet uses, not only to capture the nature of the sea and its waves but also to reiterate and reinforce the tragic element. More than thoughts…

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A question and an answer based on an extract from The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Read the following paragraphs which appear at the end of the story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, and answer the question that follows. "Not hear it? --yes, I hear it, and have heard it. Long --long --long --many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it --yet I … Continue reading A question and an answer based on an extract from The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe