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 …

‘The Tyger’ by William Blake.

The Tyger was published in 1794 by William Blake and is often considered as being Blake’s most successful poem. The ultimate meaning behind The Tyger is Blake’s questioning on why, if God is omnibenevolent, did he create such fearsome and dangerous animals. The poem is below: ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake Structure The poem consists …

‘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 …

Romeo and Juliet in Theatre

Where? Within 28 days, a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was erected in an ordinary car park in the city centre of York. It is named the Rose Theatre, nicknamed as the pop-up globe and is host to the performances of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Midsummers Night Dream. Me and my family were lucky …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Making Gingerbread for a Friend’s Birthday.

So, it’s my friends birthday tomorrow and after much consideration on what gift to buy her, I decided that homemade gingerbread would be a good idea. Often, I think that my generation is far too absorbed in commercial goods and consumerism. We tend to value gifts on their price tag rather than their emotional worth. …

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 …

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: …

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 …