Lord Byron’s Alpine Journal offers a rare unhindered glimpse into the thoughts, emotions of a poet and author whose popularity was partly built on scandal and rumours. It is a work that makes him more relate-able than his other writings, … Continue reading Lord Byron’s Alpine Journal
Supernatural elements are peppered throughout Coleridge’s Christabel, in his essay On Poesy or Art, Coleridge talks about his view on “natura naturata”, “If the artist copies the mere nature, the natura naturata, what idle rivalry! If he proceeds only from … Continue reading Coleridge, as a poet of supernaturalism
The state of fundamentalism can be thought of as one in which extreme beliefs tip the scale irreconcilably far from the opposing side, thereby outweighing any opportunity to find balance at the center. It is this idea that Scott explores … Continue reading The Failure of Fundamentalism
In Old Mortality, Sir Walter Scott paints a world in which the public and the private interweave. For the characters, the barriers that separate these spheres begin to blur as the political conflict between the Episcopals and Covenanters impacts on … Continue reading The Private Perspective: A Means for Understanding the Public Sphere
Throughout ‘Christabel’, Coleridge utilizes liminality as a literary tool in order to create the mysterious Gothic aspect of the poem. Liminality, derived from the Latin word Limen, meaning a threshold, is depicted in literature as a crossing-point and … Continue reading Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’; Gothic, unfinished, and liminal.
“To His Royal Highness The Prince Regent, This work is, By his Royal Highness’s Permission, Most respectfully Dedicated, By His Royal Highness’s Dutiful And obedient Humble servant, The Author.” In … Continue reading “To his Royal Highness the Prince Regent”
Old Mortality, a novel published in 1816 by Sir Walter Scott follows the protagonist Henry Morton as he is caught in-between the battle between the Presbyterians and the Episcopal. With his loyalties divided between both sides, Morton must also deal with … Continue reading In Disguise: The Effects of Morton Hiding Himself