I think Woolf has an ability to extract the core of what it means to be depressed, melancholic, disturbed or whatever we want to call it. She also lays out the choices clearly: you can either have the tragic truths of existence be revealed to you and kill yourself (because who can bear the pain, […]

  Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is, above all, a novel which re-imagines the consequences of oppressive thought patterns and their actualization in wider organizations such as the national states or religious doctrines. I believe the key idea that unlocks many doors in the text is that trying to oppress religion, art and creativity […]

In order to create a coherent comparison between Sappho’s Fragment 7 and Gaius Valerius Catullus’ Poem 51, we must first take a closer look to the relationship between the poets themselves. Sappho, renowned mostly by the way she positions female experiences as the core theme of her invigorating poetry, is considered to be one of […]

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 […]

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 […]