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 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 …

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 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 …

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 …

John Milton

Milton was born in an era of great British history. His birth was in 1608 during the reign of James I and he later studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge during the reign of Charles I and raised his four children under the reign of Charles II. He published Paradise Lost (10 books) in 1667 shortly …

Dame Rebecca West

Rebecca West played a major role in 20th-century literature as a successful author and literary critic. Her most famous novels include: Black Lamb and Grey Falcon; The Return of the Soldier; The Fountain Overflows; and The Judge. She is often highly regarded as an ardent feminist as in a famous quotation she proclaims: “I myself …

William Inge

Who was William Inge? William Inge was an English author, Cambridge graduate and professor present from 1860 until 1956. He is the author to over thirty five books based on mysticism, Christianity, ethics and contemporary issues. He was often given the epithet of the ‘Gloomy Dean’ as a reflection upon his melancholy and pessimistic character. …

My Top 5 Favourite Rupi Kaur Poems

Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet famous for her modern approach to poetry and controversial comments on the themes of love, sex and race. In her self published anthology titled ‘Milk and Honey’, Kaur writes in the style of confessional poetry by relating to her own thoughts and experiences of abuse, trauma and hurt. I …

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 …

Experience: The Duchess of Malfi in theatre.

As part of the English Literature A level, students in my college are required to learn about the play of The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster. Today, we were given the opportunity of watching this Jacobean tragedy live in The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon which is also the birth place of Shakespeare. Brief Overview …

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 …

Film Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992.

After a busy week of college mock exams, I enjoyed an extended weekend having a well deserved break from revision and exam stress. On Friday night, me and my sister decided to miss an episode of the addictive, yet highly controversial, Love Island in order to have a movie night watching Bram Stoker’s Dracula which …

Making Scones for the Royal Wedding!

This busy weekend has been filled with love, acceptance and hope of new beginnings. In England, we celebrated the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This marriage is one which promises to bring ethnic diversity and acceptance within the royal family and across Britain. As tradition, me and my family gathered around the …

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 …

Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Due to many recommendations from followers on my blog, I have recently read Dracula by Bram Stoker. It took me longer than expected to read this novel, yet I blame this on my college exams. Now that I have finished, I thought that I would write a quick post on my thoughts in the format …

Experience: Much Ado About Nothing in Theatre.

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity of watching an amazing production of Much Ado about Nothing in Wigan Little Theatre. Due to this theatre being local, quite small and without a large amount of funding, all of the actors were amateurs and the set was made by volunteers. For me, this gives a strong sense …

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: …

Experience: My Visit to the Brontë Parsonage.

Recently, me and my parents spent a day visiting the village of Haworth in order to experience the Brontë Parsonage. The day was both extremely educational and enjoyable as I am currently studying the text of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë for my English Literature coursework. Upon arrival at the Brontë parsonage, I had a …

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 …

Day Seven: My Travels in India- Going Home.

So today is the day that I leave India and return back to Manchester, England. I am sad to be going home as I have loved all the experiences that I have gained in India. However, I am also very much looking forward to seeing my two dogs again, Tinca and Belle. I spent the …

Day Six: My Travels in India- Jaipur to Delhi.

Today, was quite a quiet day as the majority of the day was spent driving five hours from Jaipur to Delhi. The time in our minibus goes quickly as there is so much life on the streets that is entertaining to watch. I woke up at 6:30am in the morning so that I could have …

Day Five: My Travels in India- Jaipur.

Once again I am a day late with my blog hehe. Yesterday, we spent the day in Jaipur which is known as ‘the pink city’. Despite, in my opinion, having stone buildings which are more a faded orange colour rather than pink- it’s a pretty name nevertheless. We started by visiting the Amber Fort where …

Day Four: My Travels in India- Agra to Jaipur.

My fourth day in India was very busy and as I am still quite tired from my early visit to the Taj Mahal, I fell asleep before I could update my blog. The day started and I felt uneasy about leaving our hotel, which I named as ‘the yellow hotel’, as I had loved it …