Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe’s first book, “Things Fall Apart”, was released in 1958. It shows life before colonization in the southeast of Nigeria and the European invasion in the late 19th century. The story centers on Okonkwo, an Igbo man who is also a champion in wrestling in his locality. The book is divided into three sections: before colonization, during colonization, and after colonization. The first section introduces Okonkwo, his parents, and the larger Igbo community while the second and third sections discuss the impact of European colonialism and Christian missionaries on them.
William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, three Royal Academy students, founded the Brotherhood in 1848 with the goal of reforming the Victorian art world by reviving the pure, uncomplicated art of the Middle Ages. At the Royal Academy and Free Exhibition Show in London in 1849, The Brotherhood made its debut. The initials “PRB” were used by the three men to sign their artworks in addition to their signatures.
Feminism is a broad term that investigates women’s position in society and fights for their rights and opportunities. The study of how literary texts depict or disregard women, support or challenge prejudices, has been the core activity of feminist criticism. “Feminist Criticism is a political act whose aim is not simply to interpret the world but to change it, by changing the consciousness of those who read and their relation to what they read,” writes Judith Fetterley in her book “The Resisting Reader”.
John Keats wrote Ode to Autumn in September 1819. John Keats depicts the various qualities of autumn and its development through time in this poem, “Ode to Autumn.” Keats employed rich imagery throughout the poem to stimulate the reader’s attention as well as appeal to the sensations of sight and taste. Ode to Autumn is a unique way of appreciating autumn. We’re all acquainted with Thomas Hardy’s portrayal of autumn as dark, chill, and lonely, as well as the terrible sensation of growing old and approaching death. Keats, on the other hand, perceives the opposite side of the coin. He sees autumn as: “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness/close bosom friend of the maturing sun”.
Metaphysical poetry is an outpouring of dissatisfaction with Elizabethan poetry’s traditional structure and content. By metaphysical poetry, we mean a new school of poetry that includes elements such as a sudden and striking start, difficulty, dramatic quality, combining of desire and intelligence, reasoning and wit, conceits and illustrations, conceptual and descriptive tone, and the use of colloquial language, among others. In order to assess Donne as a metaphysical poet, we must engage in an analytical assessment of his main poems and their qualities.