Lockdown Diaries: A Week in the Life of Lockdown.

Hi all, Seeing as it looks like we’ll be isolating for quite a while longer, I thought I’d document what has been a pretty good week in my lockdown experience so far- maybe even the best! In recently reading the quote: “Stop counting the days and make the days count.” The idea really resonated with …

My Travel Snow Globe Collection.

Hi, readers! Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 isolation period, I thought I would take time to document my travel snow globe collection. At 19 years old, I have managed to collect a total of 24 snow globes from my most memorable holiday destinations and have displayed each one of them in my bedroom. …

My Travel A-Z Alphabet

Hi all, I hope that isolation is treating you well and that you’re staying safe in this tough period. This week, to keep myself and my parents entertained, I set the challenge to document all the places we have travelled to together in this A to Z format. The post is quite long so enjoy …

My Summer 2019 ☀️ (oh, and exams are over 😍)

Having well finished the month of June, I can now happily say that the exam season is finished and summer 2019 has officially started! More than anything I would love to say that all nine exams went perfectly to plan, but unfortunately this was not the case. The college’s leavers day celebrations interuppted my first …

What 2018 Has Taught Me!

Reflecting on the year 2018 brings me an immense feeling of pride. To say this year has been tough is definitely an understatement, yet somehow I have managed to leave 2018 so much stronger and happier than when it started. This post is just a quick reflection of the moments that made my 2018 so …

A Comparison Between Shakespeare’s Caliban in ‘The Tempest’ and Milton’s Satan in ‘Paradise Lost’.

Hi all, Whilst studying ‘The Tempest’ in college I have noticed a potent parallel between the enslaved Caliban and Satan. This post will be an exploration of these connections. Both characters are depicted as being inherently evil, yet we are still able to feel sympathy for their suffering.  Caliban and Satan are both characters who …

Promote your blog here; Blog Party #3!!

Originally posted on MadeByBernadine:
Hello everybody! I recently got back into blogging so I thought what better way to promote this blog and help others than a blog party? ? Here are the rules: 1. Choose any one of your favorite blog posts from your own blog, all kinds of posts are welcome. (Anything inappropriate…

What do I love about English Literature? (& university applications)

Hi all, Unfortunately, I have been so busy at college recently that I have been forced to prioritise revision over blogging. Hopefully, this is about to change. I have finally finalised all of my university applications and so all I need to do now is wait for offers… (Whilst ensure that I meet the entrance …

My Cambridge University HE+ Award!!

Originally posted on Lovable Literature:
This week has been an absolute blur of excitement! I have succeeded in something which I never thought was possible making myself and my family proud. This post is dedicated to my unbelievable achievement on winning the Cambridge University HE+ award. Keep reading to find out about the scheme, my…

The Geographical Relevance of Transylvania in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Hi everyone, In this post I will be discussing the geographical features of Transylvania that define Dracula as a Gothic novel. As you may already know, or can probably guess, I am an English Literature student. Yet, I also study geography as one of my three A level subjects. This subject choice was inspired by …

How To Define Metaphysical Poetry.

What is metaphysical poetry? Before completely defining metaphysical poetry, let’s deconstruct the word ‘metaphysical’. Meta is a prefix meaning ‘beyond’ in Greek and physical is more commonly known as relating to the body, as opposed to the mind, in a tangible and concrete manner. When considering metaphysical poetry as a whole, we can understand it …

The Real Neat Blog Award!

First of all thank you to Petrel41 for nominating my blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. It is much appreciated as it is lovely to know that the efforts I put into my blog are recognised. Instead of nominating specific blogs, I would like to create an open invitation for any bloggers to take …

Book Blogger Memory Challenge.

Hi all and welcome to my attempt at the Book Blogger Memory Challenge. I can’t say that I’m feeling confident as I am known as the most forgetful member of my family! A big thank you to shadowriverdaleharley for nominating me to do this tag. In return, I nominate anyone who has a spare moment …

My Rejection from Cambridge’s Gould Essay Prize.

At 6pm today, I had just checked my phone after getting out of the shower to find that I had received an email from Trinity College at Cambridge regarding the essay that I wrote for their Gould English Literature Essay Prize. I had been anticipating this email all summer and so my heart froze and …

Why do YOU love literature?

The majority of bloggers that I follow on WordPress, I follow because they share a similar interest in literature as I do. Since writing my personal statement, I have been faced with the challenge of putting my love for English Literature into words. I admit that it has been difficult to try and determine exactly …

Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary?

It very often seems that, in modern Shakespearean productions, Shakespeare is placed in no time and in no particular place. In York, I recently watched a production of Romeo and Juliet set in the 1930s showing the impact that World War One had on Italy. Despite the shift in time, the production was still successful …

My Cambridge Essay: Must literature reflect a desire to ‘give meaning and order to our lives’?

After starting the summer holidays I began to write an essay on the meaning and order in life for a Cambridge essay competition. I put a lot of work into this essay and thought I would share it on my blog. Let me know what your thoughts are! ‘We are constantly endeavouring to give meaning …

Debate: Is the secularisation of modern society a bad thing?

Secularisation is the process of changing certain aspects of daily life so that it is no longer under the influence of religion. This paradigm is being increasingly noticeable and dominant within the politics and civil life of the Western World. But are these impious changes in social behaviour beneficial or troublesome for our modern society? …

Poetry Recommendations!

Hi all, I have noticed that many people have conflicting opinions over poetry. Some enjoy the creative expression of emotion, whereas others repel against its intricate and ambiguous nature. For me, poetry is an important means of escape and an opportunity to observe the world from a multitude of perspectives. Recently, I have been meaning to …

Question: Why do YOU read literature?

Hi all, I am entering an English Literature essay competition on whether literature must reflect a desire to ‘give meaning and order to our lives’. I would like to know your opinion on this. It would be very much appreciated if you could leave a comment following the basis of the following questions: Why do …

Inside My Head Tag!

Hello all, Recently I have been very busy with my college mock exams and so have not been able to dedicate my time completely to posting on my blog. I hope you enjoy this little post that allows you to learn more about myself! First of all, I was tagged by Jannat to partake in …

My Cambridge University HE+ Award!!

This week has been an absolute blur of excitement! I have succeeded in something which I never thought was possible making myself and my family proud. This post is dedicated to my unbelievable achievement on winning the Cambridge University HE+ award. Keep reading to find out about the scheme, my literary themed poster, presentation and …

VOGUE 73 Questions

1. What is your favorite movie? Definitely the iconic romantic comedy, 10 Things I Hate About You. It is loosely based on the Shakespearean comedy of The Taming of the Shrew and stars the late Heath Ledger. I love everything about this movie: the rock chic music, fashion, characterisation, etc. It never fails to make …

MY MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD!

First of all, I’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to Of All the Books in All the Libraries for nominating me. I was so overwhelming happy when the notification came through so thank you very much. This award has given me even more enjoyment and confidence when writing my blog!☺️ About the award: …

Don’t worry, be happy!

During my travels in France, I have gained many experiences which help in greatly in day to day life. I am lucky enough to have contact, and a strong relationship, with a lovely family in France named the Batisse family. In the three times that I have travelled to France to see them, they have …

Next book? You decide.

Hi all, As a libra, I carry the indecisive trait and a recent trip to Waterstones has left me choosing between Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Jane Austen’s Emma- one of which will constitute my holiday reading in India. However, I thought it’d be interesting to hear some external opinions on the two classics through my …