In my post on Macbeth, I propose that one of the reasons for our long-standing fascination with Macbeth the character is his outsized boldness.
Looking at war poetry (I): Wilfred Owen’s ‘Insensibility’ & Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘War Photographer’
Across the ages, war has always been a popular theme in poetry.
First person vs third person: when to use which?
A question I often get about writing is whether it is ever ‘okay to write in first person’.Read More »
Your ultimate guide to simile, metaphor, analogy & conceit
One of the first literary devices most English students learn is ‘simile’, which is derived from the Latin word ‘similis’, meaning ‘like’.
How to write about rhythm in poetry
Like repetition, rhythm is another one of those seemingly innocent literary devices: simple in concept, but surprisingly challenging to analyse.
Understanding self-conscious men: reading ‘Othello’ and ‘Cymbeline’
Before we get down and nerdy to literary business, here’s a synopsis of this post:
Here are 2 ways for you to ‘read between the lines’
In this post, I want to address one of the biggest FAQs I get about the study and appreciation of literature:Read More »
Is repetition too ‘easy’ to write about? You’ll be surprised…
For any English student, the ability to spot figurative devices and explain to what effect they are used is an important skill.