Rearrange on Charles Dickens

a) Dickens had to work in a factory at the age of twelve.

b) He could not go to school and receive education.

c) Even during his life time he was very popular.

d) He wrote some of the best novels in English literature.

e) Charles Dickens was one of the greatest English novelists of the 19th century. Continue reading

Rearrange on Alexander

(i) Alexander, the king of Macedon, crossed the Khayber pass and reached India.        

(ii) Then he came to the plain of the Punjab.

(iii) Alexander was pleased with Porus for his bold reply.

(iv) There ruled a king called Porus.  Continue reading

Rearrange about Androcles

12. Rewrite the sentences in the proper order to make a continuous paragraph: 14

i) The lion was relieved of his pain.

ii) To escape torture, one day he fled from his master’s house.

iii) It was unbearable for him.

iv) He took the lion’s paw in his hand and removed a big thorn from it.

v) He used to inflict heavy torture on him.

vi) The merchant sold him to a rich man in another country. Continue reading

Vocabulary Test (Set 02)

1. Veil, knock, looking, Saw, sweet, indeed, perfect,  perfection, dress, trade, Against, thinking, beautiful, live.

Once upon a time there (a) — in the city of Baghdad a young bachelor who was by (b) — a porter. One day he sat in the market place leaning idly (c) — his basket. A young woman (d) — in rare silks and cloaked in a gold-embroidered mantle, stopped before him and gently raised her (e) —. Beneath it there showed dark eyes with long lashes and lineaments of (f) — beauty. `Lift up your basket, porter’, she said in a (g) — voice and follow me.’ At once the porter took up his basket, (h) — to himself, This is (i) — a lucky day!’ He followed her until she stopped at the door of a house and (j) —. Continue reading

“The Good Morrow” is a Metaphysical Poem.

What is Metaphysical Poetry? Discuss “The Good Morrow” is a Metaphysical poem.

 Definition of Metaphysical Poetry: Etymologically, Metaphysical means beyond physical or something abstract. A Metaphysical Poem is a poem that consists of abrupt beginning, abstract theme, use of conceits, bending (turning) of passion and arguments. The major themes of metaphysical poems are love, death and religious faith which are all conceptual truths.

 According to the definition of Metaphysical Poem John Donne’s “The Good Morrow” is a Metaphysical Poem for the following reasons:  Continue reading

William Shakespeare as a dramatist

William Shakespeare as a dramatist

William Shakespeare, the greatest dramatist, poet, actor has played an important contribution in all sectors of English Literature. He has created many tragedies, comedies, sonnets and poems. Sometimes he has seen as a dramatist, sometimes he has seen as an actor and sometimes as a poet.

Discuss William Shakespeare as a Dramatist. 

1. As a Romantic Playwright:

a. The classical drama has Continue reading

Elizabethan Age (1550-1620)

Elizabethan Age (1550-1620):

The age of Elizabethan is highly considered as the golden age of English Literature. A lot of famous and renowned poets, dramatists and essay writers had been created in this era. So, it is called “a nest of singing birds.”

Characteristics of this Era:

a. Religious tolerance is thought as the main characteristic of this era.

b. It is an age of comparative social contentment. The rapid increase of town gave employment to the unemployed people.

c. It is the age Continue reading

The Puritan Age

The Puritan Age (1620-1660)

Characteristics of this Era:

a. Ancient ideas have been banished.

b. Impossible love and romance have been come in this era.

c. The works of this era were based on religion so it is regarded as the religious period.

Famous Figures of this Era:

John Milton: The puritan era is famous especially for John Milton who was a great poet of the era. Most of the time of his life had passed by reading. Continue reading

Periods of English Literature

Periods of English Literature

1. Old English (Anglo-Sexon) 600-1200 Beowulf

2. Middle English (1200-1500) – Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Bacon, Robert Gloucester, John Gower, John Wycliffe

3. The English Renaissance (1500-1660)/ (1485-1603) – John Skelton, Thomas More

a. Elizabethan Period (1558-1603) – William Shakespeare, Sir, Philip Sidney, George Herbert.

b. Jacobean Period (1603-1625) – John Donne, William Shakespeare, George Herbert Continue reading

Man is the architect of his own fate

It is true that man is the architect of his own fate. He can achieve what he desires to achieve. It is wrong to think that man’s life on earth is decided by fate. It is not fate but sincere efforts and indomitable courage that would his fate. There may ups and downs but he should not lose heart. He may face innumerable odd situations and adversities but he should not allow them to damp his spirit. Rather he should be courageous to fight against the misfortunes of life. All his attempts may not be crowned with success but today or tomorrow he is sure to succeed. The human history is replete with glaring examples of men rising to the peak of glory from a humble beginning merely by dint of their hard labor and sincere efforts. On the contrary, those who waste time in sheer idleness and lack in courage and spirit and depend on fate can not do anything noble but stumble in the way of life. The quoted example of Robert Bruce is worth mentioning here. He did not submit to his fate but tried his main and might and thus reached his destination. So it can be said that man is the architect of his own career but not fate that shapes his future.