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
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
What I found out this week is that I really, REALLY wish the author didn’t have as much of a say on the structure and wording of the writing sometimes…why do I say that? Cause authors like Spenser really messed with my head this week, even though I am intrigued to talk about him further… Read more Power of the author and colors: A Reflection
Why is white used so often to describe Una? Una is described at the beginning of the poem as being on a horse “more white then snow, yet she much whiter” (lines 29-30). This is followed by a description of her lamb in comparison to herself, which says: ” and by her in a line… Read more The Color White and Meaningful Death
I’m going to admit it: I read Faerie Queene with my finger stuck in the medieval dictionary at the back of my book. Some of the language is so mangled by the passage of time and Spenser’s style that I’m completely lost at points and I’ve made my own cheat-sheet for characters, events, and medieval… Read more Spenser really published a whole epic to criticize the Church
In a way, it makes a lot of sense how fantasy and the general rules associated with it might unveil some ugly unconscious biases that exist on a general level. It’s fascinating, as well, how more individualized characteristics come to the surface as well. I mean fairies are almost always portrayed as either very serene… Read more Nerd Culture is Pretty Yikes Sometimes
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)
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)
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?
While I was working on my first project, I realized that I was unsure of what angle to look at it in. Firstly, there is the fact that Beowulf is told from the perspective of Beowulf, so we can only see things from the way he wants them to be seen. Along with this, there… Read more Beowulf Diorama: A question of perspective.