“I’m bit of a romantic,” you’ve probably heard somebody say before in movies or cheesy television dramas. Every time I hear it, I immediately think of beautiful poetry and an era dominated by escapism and spirituality—a sort of new frontier of intellectual gravitas.
I love me some Jonathan Swift, so the last few posts have been focused on his life and writings, and this one is no different, as we are going to be looking at the four-part prose piece Gulliver’s Travels.
A Modest Proposal is worth addressing on its own because it’s a funny, shocking piece that was my […]
I remember reading A Modest Proposal at a young age and finding it funny—because our class had the background on the satirical piece itself. Audiences when the piece dropped weren’t so lucky and were quite disgusted by its implications, but the joke might’ve been lost on them, because the author, Jonathan Swift, was an expert satirist.
We’ve been looking at a lot of the modernists lately (I’m in a bit of a mood) and so thought I would continue the journey by talking about another famous writer from “The Lost Generation”: F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I read The Old Man and the Sea before I read anything else by Ernest Hemingway, and I […]
Maya Angelou is an extremely well known and successful writer (even if critics slam her poetry for being “samey”), and she has also contributed a huge amount to literary history with her engaging, heart-wrenching stories and verse about the black experience.
I thought it would be fun to write about the books that influenced me when I was younger (and I’m bound to miss a few or organize them incorrectly, but oh well!)
Just like Gertrude Stein, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) was born in Pennsylvania (Bethlehem to be specific), and she attended Bryn Mawr and the University of Pennsylvania. There, she befriended Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams (poetry.org). She ended up living in Europe and traveling abroad for most of her life. She also became heavily involved in the Imagist movement (poets.org).