Struggles

Does Despaire represent depression? Despair in itself is quite disheartening in itself and it is a large part of depression. The things that Despaire was saying to the Redcrosse knight is similar to what someone with suicidal ideations might be telling themselves. The description of Despaire just sounds like how an incredibly depressed person generally… Read more Struggles

Are You There God? It’s Me, Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke

I’ve always said that talking about religion is of particular interest to me, and it was nice to see another view of Christianity through the eyes of the Countess of Pembroke. Weirdly, most of these poems also get the Certified Slapper award. However, I do think it’s worth looking at how the Countess views religion,… Read more Are You There God? It’s Me, Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke

Thesis Pieces (tm Don’t Sue Me)

This essay works in two synchronous parts: one cross-referencing Jeffrey Cohen’s Seven Theses of monster culture with monsters from Beowulf and Marie de France’s “Bisclavret”, and two: assessing Cohen’s essay as an effective framework for digesting the presence and presentation of monsters universally. For this to work, each creature must be set against each thesis;… Read more Thesis Pieces (tm Don’t Sue Me)

first project (poetic tales of loyalty)

Medieval tales of loyal knights arise from a society based on trust Kingdoms based on feudalism and unjust Chivalry  The code of the medieval warrior Honor valor courtesy and loyalty Helped them stay in lineIndividuality died distribution of power starting with a kingNobles granted land But here’s the thingTheir military must devote their livesFor royal bloodlines… Read more first project (poetic tales of loyalty)

What if Grendel vs. Beowulf was Mediated by Dr. Phil?

Disclaimer: I may or may not have gotten a bit carried away with this. All jokes aside, I had always wondered what a *civil* conversation between Grendel and Beowulf would have looked like. This “skit” (or whatever you’d like to call it) was written to take place of the fight between Beowulf and Grendel. It’s… Read more What if Grendel vs. Beowulf was Mediated by Dr. Phil?