Monthly Archives: December 2010

On the sea, by John Keats

On the sea It keeps eternal whisperings around Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound. Often ’tis in such gentle temper found, That scarcely … Continue reading

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Analysis of On the sea

Formal Pattern This is a Petrarchan sonnet -two quatrains and two tercets. Each verse has ten syllables and the full-rhyme follows this scheme: abbaabba cdeedc. Talking about the metre of this poem, you have to notice that it’s an Iambic … Continue reading

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Analysis of The elephant is slow to mate

Formal Pattern: This poem is divided in six stanzas. Each of them is a quatrain. If we take a look at the metre we clearly see it varies -some verses have eight or ten syllables whereas the sorthest ones have … Continue reading

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The elephant is slow to mate, by D.H. Lawrence

The elephant is slow to mate The elephant, the huge old beast, is slow to mate; he finds a female, they show no haste they wait for the sympathy in their vast shy hearts slowly, slowly to rouse as they … Continue reading

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A journal of the plague year, by Daniel Defoe

This book written by Defoe was published in 1722 and it is a kind of dramatized documentary with the structure of a written journal. But it belongs to the genre of Historical Fiction. This is a work of fiction masquerading … Continue reading

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Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe

This novel by British writer Daniel Defoe was published in 1722. It tells the adventures of the main character, Moll Flanders, a woman who takes a life of crime first becoming a prostitute and then, a thief. Moll wanted above … Continue reading

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Utopia, by Thomas More

This work by the politician Thomas More was published in 1516. The author did not only invent a new word: utopia (meaning “place that doesn’t exist”), but also started a new philosophical genre. It was written in Latin and has … Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

This novel by Lewis Carroll is probably one of the most read ones both by children (as a tale) and by adults (as a peculiar reflection of reality) and it was published in 1865. I must say that there was … Continue reading

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Pride and prejudice, by Jane Austen

  This book by novelist Jane Austen was published in 1813 and it tells the story of the five Bennett sisters who look for a husband for each of them. This novel belongs to a mixed genre between two literary … Continue reading

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This side of paradise, by F.S.Fitzgerald

This other novel by Fitzgerald has the peculiarity that it was written for a specific aim: getting to marry his lover, Zelda. It was published in 1920 and it tells the story of Amory Blaine, a student in Princeton who … Continue reading

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