Monday, 23 April 2018
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Sunday, 18 March 2018
The Brontë Parsonage Museum is maintained by the Brontë Society in honour of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. The museum is in the former Brontë family home, the parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, England, where the sisters spent most of their lives and wrote their famous novels.
Emily Brontë is best known for authoring the novel Wuthering Heights (1847) which received wide critical and commercial acclaim. She was the sister of Charlotte and Anne Brontë, also famous authors. Read here.
Charlotte Brontë became identified in the public mind as the author of the popular novel She later wrote (1849) and (1853). Read (1847), a strong narrative of a woman in conflict with her natural desires and social condition. The novel gave new truthfulness to Victorian fiction. here.
Anne Brontë was the youngest member of the Brontë literary family. She wrote two novels: Agnes Grey, based upon her experiences as a governess, was published in 1847; her second and last novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels, appeared in 1848. Read here.
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Saturday, 17 February 2018
In the history of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. It was a time of rapid change and thanks to the Industrial Revolution it saw the country evolve from a mostly rural environment to an urban, industrialised one. Almost every aspect of life changed over the course of these sixty years including politics, attitudes to women, health, science and manufacturing. The Industrial Revolution definitely changed life in the Victorian era. Technological advances in the development of machines and steam engines lead to an increase in mass production and improved productivity. The building of railways, canals and roads meant that raw materials and goods could be transported more quickly and cheaply than ever before. Living standards were said to have improved due to an increase in wages, although towns were becoming so overcrowded that many families lived in squalor. Chronic hunger and malnutrition were common for many, a situation that didn’t improve until the end of the century.
Indeed, the Victorian period was a time of contradiction, often referred to as "the Victorian compromise": on the one hand there was the progress brought about by the Industrial Revolution, the rising wealth of the upper and middle classes and the expanding power of Britain and its empire; on the other hand there was the poverty, disease, deprivation and injustice faced by the working classes. Read here.
Thursday, 1 February 2018
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The has withered from the lake, And no birds sing. O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, So and so woe-? The squirrel’s granary is full, And the harvest’s done. I see a lily on thy brow, With anguish moist and fever-dew, And on thy cheeks a fading rose Fast withereth too. I met a lady in the , Full beautiful—a faery’s child, Her hair was long, her foot was light, And her eyes were wild. I made a garland for her head, And bracelets too, and fragrant zone; She looked at me as she did love, And I set her on my pacing steed, And nothing else saw all day long, For sidelong would she bend, and sing A faery’s song. She found me roots of relish sweet, And , And sure in language strange she said— ‘I love thee true’. She took me to her , And there she wept and sighed full sore, And there I shut her wild wild eyes With kisses four. And there she lulled me asleep, And there I dreamed—Ah! woe betide!— The latest dream I ever dreamt On the cold hill side. I saw pale kings and princes too, Pale warriors, death-pale were they all; They cried—‘ in thrall!’ I saw their starved lips in the , With horrid warning gaped wide, And I awoke and found me here, On the cold hill’s side. And this is why I here, Alone and palely loitering, Though the sedge is withered from the lake, And no birds sing.
Here you can find an analysis of this handsome ballad which is considered an English classic. It is a narrative of an encounter that causes both pleasure and pain. It avoids simplicity of interpretation despite simplicity of structure. Composed of twelve stanzas, of only four lines each, with a simple ABCB rhyme scheme, the poem is full of enigmas, and has been the subject of numerous interpretations.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Dolores O'Riordan passed away suddenly at the Hilton Park Lane hotel in London on Monday 15th January at the age of 46. She was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band The Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009. The Cranberries - who have sold 40 million records with hits including Zombie and Linger - said her family has been left "devastated" by the loss.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Jane Austen’s present-day popularity derives chiefly from the fact her heroines, although two centuries old, act as romantic beacons for the modern age. With a universal message of marrying for love rather than money, they provide examples, though fictional, of women choosing husbands due to strings of the heart and not of the purse. Read here.