Fyodor Dostoyevsky

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born in 1821 at a Moscow hospital where his father was employed as a doctor. The family was poor, but their descent from 17th-century nobility entitled them to own land and serfs. Dostoyevsky’s mother, Maria, was loving and religious; his father, Mikhail, tended toward alcoholism and violence, and his…

Poem: The Good Morrow

good morrow lecture sheet

Poem: The Good Morrow Writer: John Donne (1572 –1631) ----------------------------- John Donne's poem "The Good-Morrow" is part of his Songs and Sonnets published in 1633, and although he called this a sonnet, the poem is 21 lines long rather than 14 and is a mix of iambic pentameter (5 lines of unstressed/stressed syllables) and iambic…

Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day

sonnet 18

Poem: Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Writer: William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) ----------------------------- "Sonnet 18" is one of the best-known 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Sonnet 18 is a typical English or Shakespearean sonnet, having 14 lines of iambic pentameter:…

Jane Austen

The most well-known female writer in the history of English literature. She was born in Steventon, UK, on December 16, 1775. She was the youngest of seven children in her family.Jane Austen’s father was a country vicar.Jane got most of her education at home. Her family members are all fond of reading books. She appreciated…

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred, Lord Tennyson Alfred Tennyson was an English poet. Born: 6 August 1809 Died: 6 October 1892 Nationality: English Occupation: Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign (1850–1892), The British Poet Laureate is an honorary position appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom. It was in 1850 that Tennyson reached the pinnacle of his career, finally publishing his…

Oenone

Oenone by Lord Alfred Tennyson “Oenone” is a dramatic monologue written by The Victorian poet Lord Alfred Tennyson in 1829. The whole poem is a kind of lament in which the elegiac mood predominates. Oenone feels so miserable that she calls upon death to come and end her life. Memories of Paris’s past love for…

Edmund Spenser

Birth: 1552/1553 - London, England (there is still some ambiguity) Parents: His parenthood is obscure, but he was probably the son of John Spenser, a journeyman clothmaker. Spouse: Married his first wife, Machabyas Childe. They had two children, Sylvanus and Katherine. By 1594, Spenser's first wife had died, and in that year, he married a…

Overview of the Paradise Lost, Book 1

Paradise Lost: Book 1 (798 lines) By John Milton The first section (1-26) contains the invocation and the purpose of writing.The second section (27-83) gives a birds-eye view of the consequences of the disobedience and the revolt and the expulsion of Satan from paradise.The third section (84-282) contains the speeches between Satan and Beelzebub (Satan’s…

Write a short note on The Wanderer

The Wanderer The Wanderer is an Old English poem preserved only in an anthology known as the Exeter Book, a manuscript dating from the late 10th century. It comprises 115 lines of alliterative verse. As is often the case with Anglo-Saxon verse, the composer and compiler are anonymous, and within the manuscript the poem is untitled. The Wanderer conveys the meditations…

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon…