Dante’s journey into politics and the human soul

Literature is always political.  English language trainee teachers are, in some contexts, still instructed to avoid materials and classroom situations that would lead to the discussion of politics, religion, sex, gender, war, life and death. In other words, avoid anything relevant to the fabric of society and to human beings. ‘Safe’ as it may be, … More Dante’s journey into politics and the human soul

Self-revelation and confession in ‘The Wife of Bath’

From the Vault: 2004 Before starting a discussion of The Wife of Bath’s self-revelation and confession devices in her Prologue and Tale, it is important to briefly consider the concept of confession and its implications for the reading of Chaucer’s tale. In the Judeo-Christian tradition public or private acknowledgement of sinfulness is indispensable condition to … More Self-revelation and confession in ‘The Wife of Bath’

‘The Death of King Arthur’ by Simon Armitage

It is quite obvious from my last posts here that I am utterly in love with Simon Armitage’s poetry. I have just finished his marvelous Modern English version of the Old English manuscript  Alliterative Morte Arthure. The only available copy is now at Lincoln Cathedral. As Armitage says in the introduction, The Alliterative Morte Arthure … More ‘The Death of King Arthur’ by Simon Armitage