Monthly Archive: August 2016

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Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection – Kalidasa, early 5th century

Kalidasa, Sanskrit playwright, reveals his naturalistic values in Sakuntula and the Ring of Recollection.  The play takes place in the mullai forest and is a love story about a King named Dushyanta and a beautiful...

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Charles Dickens – Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens wrote so many beautiful, enduring works that it is difficult to choose one to represent him on this site. Initially I chose “David Copperfield,” because it is most auto-biographical of Dickens, but...

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Sylvia Plath and Morning Song

My Key to Plath:  Choice Diction In the poem Morning Song, Sylvia Plath chooses words for their metaphoric imagery and sound qualities to describe the feelings of a new mother and universally the feelings...

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Witty Observation – Sei Shonagon and Jane Austen

I kept thinking about Jane Austen as I read “the Pillow Book” by Sei Shonagon, and I wondered at the cause. Shonagon was a Japanese writer who wrote in the early 11th century, and...