New Criticism is a form of “close reading” which allows the critic to examine the text without all the other, um, well, baggage, including its history, the author’s or the reader’s opinion.
Even when I’m feeling like I am on a good row of writing, the thought of writing something that nearly eclipses the Bible or trying to shake things up with my political ideas is ridiculous; but, that’s why I took up blogging because short, non-confrontational pieces work for me, and, apparently, both long and short confrontational and epic pieces worked for Defoe.
Thackeray was born in Calcutta in 1811, but after the death of his father, who succumbed to fever in 1815, he moved back to England for education.
I did some research on poems about age and getting older, and found out that most of them are pretty bitter or sad, but I did find a few poems that were a bit more…well, optimistic.
When you start digging into literature, you start finding a lot of Greek words, because the Greeks had a huge impact on language for multiple reasons (they were certainly cultured and used one of the first alphabets).
I, for the life of me, have always struggled with the difference between a homonym, homophone, and a […]
For this post, I am going to look at what is typically recommended to writers for developing voice in writing, and then I will provide my own opinions (which don’t differ too much, but there are a few things I would like to address).
The Encyclopedia Britannica states that Bellow was “representative of the Jewish American writers whose works became central to American literature after World War II.”
Zeus, The Headless Horseman, Paul Bunyan, and Bigfoot all have some commonalities among them–clearly there are supernatural and […]
Zola was a French novelist and critic who was certainly politically minded and was a naturalist thinker.