For this paper, I really wanted to excavate the structure of the poem and make a meaningful connection with the content. It was written for my Methods of Criticism class, so I am sure I was trying to employ some hybrid version of New Criticism and Formalism. However, as Emily Dickinson so masterfully condenses the […]

Don Quixote’s preference of literary fantasy over mundane reality initiates a larger discussion about the lure and danger of the creative universe which, almost inevitably, turns one mad if they stay in it long enough. Demonstrated in Coleridge’s poem Kubla Khan, In Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, in the siren song in Odysseus and alongside […]

Death is before me today, like health to the sick like leaving the bedroom after sickness. Death is before me today like the odor of myrrh like sitting under a cloth on a day of wind. Death is before me today like the odor of lotus like sitting down on the shore of drunkenness. Death […]

In the first five cantos of Dante Alighieri’s Commedia, we are presented with several different interwoven demonstrations of love, all of which can only be understood after comprehending the underlying structures that surround concepts such as punishment, hope, mercy, compassion and pity. For in Dante’s world, every single manifestation of love, whether it be divine, […]

Written for my Textual Analysis I class in 22.01.2014, this essay includes an examination of gender roles in short pieces of Robert Browning, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.   In Robert Browning’s poems “Meeting at Night (1845)” and “Parting at Morning (1849)”, we see a great division between the world of men and women. Men […]

I wrote this short comparison between the characters of Jane Austen in order to prepare for an exam that I was going to take for my “Jane Austen: Later Works” class. I believe the question was about social isolation in the protagonists of the novels Emma, Mansfield Park and Persuasion with a claim that Anne […]

During World War I (WWI), the armies had a serious problem: they did not have a system  for classifying their recruits by assessing their intelligence and capabilities, and they therefore could not assign the best fitting tasks for them. Although there were some tests that aimed to measure personality characteristics, none could meet the demands […]