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 …

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 …

‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ by Dylan Thomas.

Hi everyone, This is a poem that I have read and enjoyed recently. I thought I would share it- along with a few of my thoughts- for you to read too ☺️ Do not go gentle into that good night Dylan Thomas What is this poem about? This poem is ultimately a son’s plea to …

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 …

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? …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Poetry Analysis: The Large Cool Store by Philip Larkin.

Recently, in my English Literature class, I have been studying the poetry of Philip Larkin. I am extremely fond of Larkin’s work. One poem in particular is The Large Cool Store which comments on the themes of class, women and illusions. Below, I have written an overview, analysis and have included a copy of the …

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 …

Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Horrifying, heartbreaking and emotionally haunting. The Lovely Bones was written in 2002 by Alice Sebold and is guaranteed to provoke any reader to feel an array of mixed emotions and absolute despair from the first page of the book to the very last. The novel contains an incredibly graphic and powerful storyline as it follows the …

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 …

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 Three: My Travels in India- Agra.

Tonight I am incredibly tired after a busy day. We woke up at 5am in order to get to the Taj Mahal for the sunrise. It was only a short drive and was very exciting as the visit to the Taj Mahal is one of the main highlights of our tour. The drive was rather …

Day Two: My Travels in India- Delhi to Agra.

Hi all, I have reached day two of my holiday in India and it’s absolutely amazing. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and much less tired than yesterday. After an untraditional Indian breakfast of French toast and a mango smoothie, I was ready to start the day. Our first visit was to the Jama …

Day One: My Travels in India- Delhi.

For the Easter holidays, I have been lucky enough to escape the grey skies of Manchester and travel to India for a week. I decided that I would share my experiences with you on my blog. First of all, thank you to everyone who commented on one of my previous posts and recommended that I …

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. (No Spoilers!)

My most recent read has been Gail Honeyman’s debut novel ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’. This highly emotive novel encompasses the challenges of loneliness, value of friendship and the importance of even the smallest acts of kindness.  The narrative of this novel is from the perspective of Miss Eleanor Oliphant who is an excessively polite …