Monthly Archives: February 2015

Summing Up Auden

Wystan Hugh Auden’s relevance today is based largely on the prescience of his works. For instance, for all the fuss over obscenity in this country, Auden wisely reminds us, in his Letter to Lord Byron, that “the pious fable and the dirty story/Share in the total literary glory.” Our administrators could also do well to…
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The Cratchit’s Christmas Dinner

Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present stood in the city streets on Christmas morning, where (for the weather was severe) the people made a rough but brisk and not unpleasant kind of music, in scraping the snow from the pavement in front of their dwellings, and from the tops of their houses, whence it…
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LITERARY CHAMP OF THE WORKING CLASSES

I am not competent to comment on Dickens novels, per se. What I can do is share with you some thoughts, about the strong social and political beliefs that coloured his writing. I have long felt an intuitive empathy with those who are exploited or marginalised, by whomever and for whatever reasons. And so, I…
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Chekhov – The Modern Dramatist

Anton Chekhov was a prolific writer and his short stories and plays had great insight into the inner lives of ordinary people. He was instrumental in establishing modern theatre along with Ibsen and Strindberg, and bringing realism to the forefront. Here are some quotes from his famous plays: The Cherry Orchard All Russia is our…
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