6 Elements of Tragedy

History The genre of tragedy is quite well theorized, unlike many other genres. The theory of tragedy is as old as 5th Century BC. It was the age of Greek philosopher Aristotle who wrote his treatise called, ‘Poetics’. According to the Aristotelian view, tragedy represents a somber and serious reality that is complete in itself. The tragedy is thus included over the top and stimulating … Read more

5 Characteristics of Shakespearean Comedy

Introduction Apart from histories and tragedies, comedies were the three main forms that Shakespeare wrote. Comedy of present-day is quite different from a Shakespearean comedy which had humor, light-hearted play some immensely gripping drama. Characteristically it has marriage as a happy ending. Every Shakespearean comedy has a range of human emotions and experiences from joy … Read more

Elements of Drama in English Literature

Introduction Drama is the act of portraying a story in front of an audience. It involves the characters and events of the story being brought to life on a stage by actors and their interactions (verbal and non-verbal) through its events. Of various forms of drama, plays are the most popular. Some other formats are … Read more

Elements of Poetry; Meaning, Sounds Patterns & Structure

Introduction Poetry engenders certain expectations in the readers like hidden messages, metaphors, flowery language and symbolic words that carry deeper connotations. Often the language used is indirect, descriptive and subjective in the way it is experienced by different people. Thus, poetry is often regarded as more exhaustive and demanding than other forms of literature like … Read more

Shakespearean Sonnet Themes

Shakespeare has written sonnets mostly on conventional topics such as love and beauty, time and mutability. He treats these themes in his own distinctive fashion like addressing the poem on love and praise on a young man rather than a maiden and by including the second subject of passion a woman not so attractive and … Read more

An Essay on Feminism in English Literature

Background The issue of Feminism in English Literature is not new but due to patriarchal society, it has been suppressed and overlooked. The existence of inequalities between men and women are not natural but social taboo. One may ask Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the authors who wrote about feminism, advocates in her A Vindication of the … Read more

Satirical Comedy Meaning and Features

What is Satire? Satire is a figure of speech, used by the writers to expose and criticize the follies and misdoings of the individuals and society. Meaning Satirical comedy is the form of satire in which the writer uses comic elements to expose the realities of the society or any problem. The writer uses fictional … Read more

Characteristics of a Shakespearean Sonnet

Introduction Sonnet, a fourteen-line poem, was introduced in Italy by Petrarch during the 14th Century. He used it as love poetry having rhyming verses in it. Later, it was adopted in England, France, Spain and Germany during the 16th and 17th Centuries. Sonnet, a lyric poem, revolves around the themes of courtly love affairs, sexual … Read more