Critical Analysis of the Poem “Looking Glass” by Kamala Das

Critical Analysis of the poem “Looking Glass” by Kamala Das


The Looking Glass holds up the image of woman’s dependence on her man and shows how the woman gave her everything away, starting from her body to her trust, to the male. Her dependence is also seen, as she is in an intimate relation with the man and so she wants to show him her womanhood. The dependence on her male may lead her to a tough life where she has to live without the support and love of her man. Continue reading

Explanation: One of the facts that might come………. anyone else.

One of the facts that might come to light in this process is our tendency to insist, when we praise a poet, upon those aspects of his work in which he least resembles anyone else.

The line has been quoted from T. S. Eliot’s hypersensitive essay Tradition and the Individual Talent. In this line he has indicated us how we should judge a writer or an artist. Continue reading

Theory-& analysis of Transcendentalism according to Emerson’s Nature

Theory-& analysis of Transcendentalism according to Emerson’s Nature

Generally, we human beings have an innate sense of knowledge about the divine power and nature and it is considered as Transcendentalism. It went beyond the mind and logic. Transcendentalists believe that the divine can only be felt and it is not always possible to understand beauty of nature, or for that matter, beauty of anything, by the help of mind. It can be rather be only felt from the intuitive self. Continue reading

Language and Social Status


Language is the medium of expressing feelings, needs, emotion etc. language is not only speech sound producing from the speech organs but also any type of attempt to express inner wish like as gesture of hand, moving  different organs of the body, smiling, crying even being silent can be a language. At one sense every attitude of men or other animals that is used to draw attention of other or make other feel or inform other anything that is language. For this language has a great influence in the context of human life. Continue reading

Definition of Syntagmatic

Definition of Syntagmatic: The words which follow the chain of command in a sentence are called syntagmatic. It is the major part of linguistics. It helps us to design a sentence and make it strong.

Denoting the relationship between two or more linguistic units used sequentially to make well-formed structures may be considered as syntagmatic. The identity of a linguistic unit within a language is described by a combination of its syntagmatic and its paradigmatic relations. Continue reading

Langue and Parole

Langue and Parole: Langue and Parole are two French terms that mean- “Language System” and “Language behavior”. According to Lyons (1968) – “A Langue system is a social phenomenon or institution, which of itself is purely abstract in that it has no physical existence but which is actualized on particular occasions in the language behavior of individual members of the language community.” Continue reading

The Achievement and Contribution of I. A. Richards as a Critic.

In the twentieth century Anglo-American criticism Ivor Armstrong Richards is the most influential critic. Among the moderns he is the only critic who has expressed a systematic and complete theory of the literary art. According to the view of George Watson, “Richards’ claim to have established Anglo-American New Criticism of the thirties and forties is unassailable.”

His reputation as a critic: His reputation as a critic lies on a limited number of critical books he wrote. The relevance of psychology to literary studies emerges clearly in his first book, The Foundations of Aesthetics (1922), written in relationship with his two friends. In this book the authors have tried to define ‘beauty’ by studying its effects on the readers. Continue reading

An Essay on the New Critics and New Criticism of the Twentieth Century.

During the late twenties and early thirties of the present century, New Criticism was born and cultivated. Sociological or Marxian criticism is regarded as a litterateur, who is considered as a product of the society in which he lived. Generally New Critics are opposed to the biographical, historical, sociological and comparative approach of conventional criticism. Similarly, they reject the traditional division of literature into periods and groups for the purpose of criticism.

Their criticism is Basic or Ontological, and not Extrinsic. A poem which is a piece of literature is the thing in itself, with a definite entity of its own separate both from the poet and the socio-cultural milieu in which it is produced. Continue reading