This is a story about a couple of drinking pals and their exploits, and it gets a little weird and a little unfriendly.
After writing about Sir Walter Scott, I had to track down the Border stories that inspired him to write great movements within literature, because, well, frankly, I think it’s really cool.
When I think of Sir Walter Scott, I think about Smailholm Tower, where under its looming shadow he was raised on romantic, adventurous tales of heroes and villains; and, with this tower over his head, he was compelled to read great literature and poetry ( by previous legendary authors, of course).
Brief post today to look at the different types of language use, and for today’s post, that includes informative, expressive (therefore receptive), and directive.
Toward the end of the movement, we also found new ways to think of Romanticism in the transcendentalist movement, which was a bit more nonconformist. Thus, for this post, let’s look at the qualities and writers of the movement within a movement to get a sense of what’s going on.
“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.