Wednesday, 22 February 2017


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Here you can find my previous post about Beowulfthe longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest. More than 3,000 lines long, Beowulf relates the exploits of its hero, and his successive battles with a monster named Grendel, with Grendel’s revengeful mother, and with a dragon which was guarding a hoard of treasure. 
Here you can download a PDF presentation.

It is to be noted that there are many similarities between J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Beowulf.  
Tolkien uses many concepts found in Beowulf.  In fact, he was a professor of Anglo-Saxon, and an expert on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem. Read here.

Friday, 10 February 2017


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Here and here you can find my previous posts about this delightful Shakespearean play.  
You can read The Tempest here and you can find a fascinating interpretation of the play here   -  it contains echoes of Shakespeare’s earlier plays, and the powerful art that Prospero possesses can be compared to the playwright’s theatrical art.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Saturday, 28 January 2017


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A Midsummer Night's Dream was written in 1595 or 1596, at about the same time as Romeo and Juliet. There  are evident plot links between A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, both plays give emphasis to the conflict between love and social convention, but the plot of "Pyramus and Thisbe," the play-within-the-play of A Midsummer Night's Dream, parallels that of Romeo and Juliet. Critics have wondered if Romeo and Juliet is a serious reinterpretation of the other play, or just the opposite  -  perhaps Shakespeare is mocking his tragic love story through the farce of "Pyramus and Thisbe."
Most critics believe the play was written for and performed at an aristocratic wedding, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance.
Here you can find my previous post about this enchanting play.

Saturday, 14 January 2017


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Lewis Carroll, author of the children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, died on 14 January 1898. 
Here you can find a detailed analysis of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Sunday, 8 January 2017


Immagine correlata

Here you can read a review of the movie.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Thursday, 29 December 2016


Here  you can read the whole Shakespearean comedy. 

Here you can find a detailed analysis of this play which sparkles with wit and invention. Based on a farce by the Roman playwright Plautus, it is a work full of slapstick humour and rich characterisation that centres around two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Friday, 16 December 2016


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Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. While not widely known in her own time, Jane Austen's novels of love among the landed gentry gained popularity after 1869, and her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. Her novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, are considered literary classics, bridging the gap between romance and realism. Continue reading here

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016


Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson was an English writer and critic, and one of the most famous literary figures of the 18th century. His best-known work is his "Dictionary of the English Language".
He died on 13 December 1784 and is buried at Westminster Abbey.

Here is a review of  David Nokes's 2009 biography of Dr Johnson.

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