A Discussion of Reason in John Wilmot’s ‘A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind’

There weren’t many English Literature courses that my university offered that didn’t excite me, but ‘Satire and The Novel’ was definitely one of them. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I chose this course as one of my three choices for the first semester of my second year at university and after the first lecture, […]

Word and Action in ‘Titus Andronicus’

In my last post (part one of this discussion), I talked about the delicate balance between word and action that must be persevered in Shakespeare’s narrative poem, ‘The Rape of Lucrece’. This post will be concerned with Shakespeare’s bloody play, Titus Andronicus, and the role that rhetoric and action play in that text. Shakespeare does something […]

Word and Action in Shakespeare’s ‘The Rape of Lucrece’

The two things that I find most compelling in William Shakespeare’s work are his use of language, his rhetoric that is at once beautiful, captivating and often heartbreaking, and the violence that permeates so many of his texts. Today I’d like to discuss exactly that: word and action in two of my favourite works by […]