Top 7: Poetry Posts

I have decided to run a series of these posts because I was scrolling through the site the other day and realised that the volume of content might be a bit overwhelming for some visitors. I'd also like to resurrect some older stuff that doesn't get looked at much anymore, so I'm compiling a few... Continue Reading →

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Top 7: Stories from ‘Dubliners’

Dubliners is James Joyce's radical collection of short stories revolving around the inhabitants of turn-of-the-century Dublin. Though they tackle subjects as wide-ranging as thwarted love, religion, politics and petty crime, they are linked in their preoccupation with Ireland's stifling paralysis, and in the chronological progression of their protagonists from youth to old age. It is certainly... Continue Reading →

Top 7: Victorian Novels

Having spent the past term at university studying Victorian literature, I feel that I am now reasonably well-versed in the subject, so I've put together this list of 7 books which I personally enjoyed and which I feel encompass the Victorian period fairly well. Of course, I have by no means read everything (on my... Continue Reading →

Top 7: Christina Rossetti Poems

I have just finished reading a selection of Christina Rossetti's poems and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed them. They were reasonably simple to read and understand, Rossetti's use of rhyme often giving them a sing-song quality. Yet despite their apparent simplicity, almost all of the poems were deep, moving and powerful. Reading... Continue Reading →

Top 7: Poems from ‘The Whitsun Weddings’

I had never read anything by Larkin before I picked this collection up, and I confess myself pleasantly surprised; though there was a thread of melancholy running throughout, it was never heavy-handed enough to become depressing. Each poem was deep and many-layered, yet extremely accessible. If you're interested, here are my recommendations: MCMXIV - a very poignant portrayal... Continue Reading →

Top 7: Poems from ‘The World’s Wife’

'The World's Wife' by Carol Ann Duffy is one of my favourite volumes of poetry. It invents the untold stories of the women behind the great men of history in an accessible way, while still having plenty of depth. If you're interested, here are my recommendations: Little Red-Cap - Here Duffy recalls a past love affair, using the allegory... Continue Reading →

Top 7: Wilfred Owen poems

Recently I read a collection of Wilfred Owen's poems and loved their power and poignancy. If you're interested in getting to know his work and aren't sure where to start, here are my personal favourites: 1. Dulce et Decorum Est - This is probably the quintessential Owen poem. It is memorable for the sheer grotesque... Continue Reading →

Top 7: Children’s books

1. ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ by Trenton Lee Stewart I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a group of children selected through a series of tests to infiltrate a mysterious institution. It was clever and full of puzzles, mysteries and surprises. 2. ‘Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism’ by Georgia Byng I loved all the books... Continue Reading →

Top 7: Children’s Classics

1. 'Anne of Green Gables' by L. M. Montgomery I loved this lyrical story of a quirky red-headed orphan who is unwanted at first but soon wins everyone round with her adventurous nature and vivid imagination. I liked the fact that the story followed Anne's life over several years; I got to see her develop as a... Continue Reading →

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