The League of Incense – The Villa Diodati

This article was written to accompany The FrankenPod episode “The League of Incense – The Villa Diodati” and our continuing exploration of Frankenstein, Or the Modern Day Prometheus and it’s author Mary Shelley. In 1816 the after-effects of a devastating eruption of Mount Tambora the year beforehand were seriously messing with weather patterns and consequently…

Strange Mechanical Grotesques, The Harlot’s House By Oscar Wilde

We caught the tread of dancing feet, We loitered down the moonlit street, And stopped beneath the harlot’s house. Inside, above the din and fray, We heard the loud musicians play The ‘Treues Liebes Herz’ of Strauss. Like strange mechanical grotesques, Making fantastic arabesques, The shadows raced across the blind. We watched the ghostly dancers…

A Drenched Rat Walks into a Library…

I know it’s early on a Friday but I think this may be the highlight of my day. It’s rainy, I’m soggy and I walk into the dry, warm comfort of the library to find a guy giving a poetry talk, he’s comparing Henry Lawson’s Australia bush to edgy urban landscapes. He has completely captivated…

The Renaissance Religious Experience in Poetry

Examine portrayals of religious experience by three authors whose work you have studied in this unit: what do you see as their main similarities? The religious poetry of Renaissance England is at once both ferocious in its devotion and deeply conflicted. As a time of tremendous religious turmoil, the Renaissance period saw a great number…

Call out to clever cloggs

Got an idea you want to chat about? Obsessed with something niche? Are people tired of hearing about it? Do they get that glazed over look in their eyes? Do they sigh loudly when you mention it? Do they cross the street when they see you coming? Do they start screaming when you open your…

Female Desire in Donne and Shakespeare

Failed due to lateness. Poo. It’s not a wonderous essay by any stretch, but I said I would publish everything I could from my uni course… So I present my take on female desire in Renaissance Poetry, such as it is…. warts and all…. How do Donne and Shakespeare differ in their representations of female…