An Introduction to Romanticism

Hi all, These are just some notes that I have made on my introduction to Romanticism lectures last week. There is much critical debate as to when the Romantic period began: Fall of Bastille (1789).American Revolution (1775). And ended: Reform Acts (1832).Queen Victoria ascends the throne (1837). The Romantic Period very much reflected the movement …

Hilary Hinds’ A Cultural History of Twin Beds.

Hi all, I can proudly say that my book review on Hilary Hinds's A Cultural History of Twin Beds has been successfully published in Lancaster University's annual LUX journal. In the review, written at the start of lockdown and copied below, I present Hinds's investigation into how Western modernity’s investment in health and hygiene is …

Elizabeth Gaskell’s “The Doom of the Griffiths” Review.

 Hi all, In Gaskell's melodramatic tale "The Doom of the Griffiths" (1857), the fourteenth century Welsh nationalist figure of Owain Glyndŵr is plotted against by his lifelong friend, Griffths, during his victorious battle against the English. In return for such betrayal, Owain conjures the curse that the Griffiths's "line would end with the murder of …

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 …

Poetry Focused Boat Tour of London’s River Thames.

Hi all, Locating place in poetry is undeniably transformative of both the meaning assigned to the poem, perhaps reflecting a place of inspiration, dedication or written location, and the meaning of the place itself, as a complex “portal to history and identity [where] all human beliefs, aspirations and endeavours are forged [and] archaeology, history, onomastics …

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. …

Lewis Carroll’s Walking Tour through Wonderland.

Hi all, This post was written for my Literary Tourism Project at Lancaster University. It proposes a family focused walking tour that traces the biographical background of the English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, often concealed behind his widely adopted pseudonym of Lewis Carroll, to explore and connect the hometown of Daresbury to his collection of …

‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ Review: 3 Reasons Why Thomas Hardy’s Angel Clare is Anything But Angelic.

In college, Thomas Hardy's 'Tess d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented' was my English teacher's favourite novel and she would encourage our class to read it whenever we 'had the time'. Now, in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, I think it's safe to say that I definitely have enough time on my side, and no …

John Donne’s ‘The Canonization’.

Hi all, welcome to my post on John Donne's 'The Canonization'. In ‘The Canonization’, the metaphysical poet, John Donne employs the secular notion that human love can be a solely transfiguring grace, worthy of sainthood. The poem’s title, defined as ‘the official admission of a dead person into sainthood’, shapes the poetic structure of five, …

Peter Howes’s ‘The Sleeping Clipper’.

Hi all, this post is my analysis of Peter Howes's 'The Sleeping Clipper'. The Cutty Sark is the world's only surviving British clipper ship. Built in 1869, the trader ship historically made eight trips to China for tea and, at present, attracts 2.6 million visitors per year from across the globe. The Australian poet, Peter Howes, is an …

Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Hey, welcome to my post. Here, I will analyse the Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?". Overview: Published in 1609 in Shakespeare's collection of 154 sonnets, Sonnet 18 is, arguably, the best known and most well-loved of all. The opening line, "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?" (1), …

‘I was radically both.’ (Jekyll and Hyde) Discuss how being two things at once is presented as radical.

Dual identity is an inextricably potent motif that, albeit concealed by subtle tropes of concealment and disguise, is located at the plot centre of Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic novella ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’[1]and Jackie Kay’s jazz infused novel ‘Trumpet’[2]. Both authors are crucially radical, subverting their contemporary late nineteenth and twentieth century notions …

My Five Day Thomas Hardy Tour (post COVID-19 isolation).

My COVID-19 isolation pastime of planning future trips and researching literary tours, as my next course module for university, has recently inspired my want to undergo the Thomas Hardy literary tour. This blog will outline the possible trip plan; starting in Dorchester, driving to Salisbury and concluding in Stonehenge.  Day One: Dorchester. Dorchester is the …

Jackie Kay’s Trumpet.

Jackie Kay’s jazz infused novel ‘Trumpet’ is a perfectly fast-paced read that comments on gender, dual identity and disguise with comedic undertones in the narrative. Kay exploits these tropes by personifying them in the protagonist Josephine Moore, ‘a woman playing a trumpet’ (p, 56), who identifies as the male Joss Moody. Trumpet, documents the life …

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 …

“What strikes us most forcibly is the essential powerlessness of women”.

In the light of this quotation, explore connections between The Duchess of Malfi and A Streetcar Named Desire. The tragic fate imposed on the women in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ demonstrates their essential powerlessness and inferiority in a patriarchal society. Both Williams and Webster present the female characters of each …

“Domestic life is presented as dull and unsatisfactory.”

In response to this view, explore connections between the ways in which Larkin and Duffy write about the ordinary in everyday life. You must analyse in detail at least two poems from each of your set texts. It is characteristic of Carol Ann Duffy and Philip Larkin’s poetry that domestic life is presented as dull …

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 …

An Overview of ‘The Good Morrow’ by John Donne.

Hi all, In this post, I will be exploring the ways in which ‘The Good Morrow’ by John Donne may be clearly defined as a metaphysical poem. Below is the video that inspired this post.  I wanted to share it here as I found it particularly beautiful as an audible version of Donne’s ‘Good Morrow’. …

Structure of Homer’s THE ODYSSEY.

The twenty-four books that constitute Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, were orally passed down for hundreds of years being recorded and written down. The chiastic structure used within the epic poem is likely to have acted as an oral mnemonic device which allowed the poem to be easier to compose, remember and pass down to generations. To successfully …

Promote your blog here; Blog Party #3!!

Hi everyone,
A blog party is a great way to meet new bloggers and expand your own blog.
Follow the steps below if you’d like to take part ☺️

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 will be removed). You can share up to three links each day, but it’s best to wait some time between each one.

2. Paste your link in the comment section of this post and tell a little bit about yourself and/or your blog.

3. REBLOG this post to let everyone know!!

4. Now grab a fuzzy blanket and get ready to read more blogs and meet new bloggers!!

This blog party will run from today until Thursday at 12:00 am EST. I look forward to reading all your comments and meeting new blogs! Have fun and be sure to follow…

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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 …

UPDATED: Chiasmus in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Hi all, this post is an updated version of the post I wrote during summer 2018. What is chiasmus? Chiasmus is a rhetorical figure in which the words, structure or concept of a text are repeated in reverse order to form a pattern similar to ABBA or ABCBA. Why does Milton use a chiastic structure …

My Cambridge University HE+ Award!!

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 literary themed poster, presentation and much more!

About the Cambridge Higher Education Scheme.

Recently, I have been taking part in a Higher Education scheme run by Cambridge University. The scheme combines four prestigious colleges in the North West of England and includes students who are capable of achieving the highest A level grades. Due to my six A*s at GCSE, I was lucky enough to be automatically enrolled into this scheme. Since the 8th November 2017, all students have been learning about Cambridge University and how to make a successful application. As part of the scheme, we have had to…

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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 …