The Fall of the House of Usher

A good work of art will go on intriguing us and will grow as we grow. In fact, a final decyphering of a work of art is impossible both individually and generally. If a work of art is understood forever, then it does not exist as a work of art any more for a particular … Continue reading The Fall of the House of Usher

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An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls by J B Priestlyis an interesting play which thrills the reader in several different ways. Written in 1912, this play is a mixture of social criticism, religious idealism and family drama.         The play opens in Mr. Birling's dining room where the family is hosting a dinner. Present in … Continue reading An Inspector Calls

The Sea Eats the Land at Home

Notes 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 … Continue reading The Sea Eats the Land at Home

Stabat Mater by Sam Hunt

Stabat Mater by Sam Hunt is obtrusive by design since it is supposed to convey different levels of meaning and interpretation to the reader. To avoid making it sound simple the poet has used a peculiar structure, title and expressions. Autobiographical in meaning, it has a universal appeal beyond its subjectivity. Using a title which … Continue reading Stabat Mater by Sam Hunt

An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls     An Inspector Calls by J B Priestly is an interesting play which thrills the reader in several different ways. Written in 1912, this play is a mixture of social criticism, religious idealism and family drama. The play opens in Mr. Birling's dining room where the family is hosting a dinner. … Continue reading An Inspector Calls

The Siege: Who is WHo

  Anna Mikhailovna Levin Protagonist, Kolya’s mother, Vera’s and Mikhail’s father, nursery assistant at the local nursery school and works under Elizaveta Antonova, falls into a relationship with Andrei, her childhood friend, befriends Maria Petrovna, her father’s lover later in life, works hard at the dacha and saves her own and her brother’s life, very … Continue reading The Siege: Who is WHo

The Destructors

The Destructors by Graham Greene is an interesting short story which has allegorical touches. The story tells us how some unruly boys, vying with one another for leadership in their gang, go beyond all levels of evil and redefine it as a motiveless act. There are three levels of characters in the story: Old Misery who … Continue reading The Destructors

At Hiruharama (analysis)

At Hiruharama by Penelope Fitzgerald At Hiruharama is a well crafted story which sustains the reader’s attention through its sympathetic treatment of life. Though there is no winding plot, the story catches our attention and maintains tension and suspense because of the realistic portrayal of adorable characters. The story is about Mr. Tanner and his wife Kitty … Continue reading At Hiruharama (analysis)

The Destructors (analysis)

The Destructors by Graham Green The Destructors by Graham Green is an interesting short story which has allegorical touches. The story tells us how some unruly boys, vying with one another for leadership in their gang, go beyond all levels of evil and redefine it as a motiveless act. There are three levels of characters … Continue reading The Destructors (analysis)

Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth

In the Tintern Abbey , a poem by William Wordsworth we see a romantic poet at his best. The poet goes beyond the common romantic themes of ‘far away and long ago’ and looks deeper into himself by reflecting on his own relationship with nature and that of his sister’s. He argues that the pleasure … Continue reading Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth