The concept of strange coincidences is a relatively recent development, historically speaking. Before the "age of reason" all things were thought to be in concert with the will of God, Fate or Providence. Poetic language, which relies so heavily on the accidental features of words, entered a period of crisis. This examination is concerned with the interrelationship between the world of real events and the imaginary world in an artist's mind.
This book treats wandering as a "phenomenon, as no one has yet explained why the word "Wanderer" suddenly gained new significance and prominence in the poetry of Goethe and the German and English Romantics, especially if one extends this enquiry of any use of the verbs "to wander" and "wandern."
This work is a comedy in two parts. It has elements of sit-com and a forum of discussions on serious matters such as the post 2008 crisis of confidence in all aspects of life, including higher education. The rivalry of two university tutors for the heart of the same girl adds a strong element of human interest. The new university campus of Camford near the legend-shrouded town of Glastonbury is the scene of a grand international project to create a university in the spirit of "the new age."
This study considers why words based on the common root of the verbs 'to wander' and 'wandern' are so prominent in the works of Goethe and the German and English Romantics. What can one infer from the phenomenon and what method should one use to unravel its mysteries. The author attempts to answer this and other questions. Finally, what does wandering reveal about the relationship of literature to the non-literary world beyond it?
Somewhat hastily, to get this book finished in time for Halloween and All Saints / Souls Day I have assembled these poems, stories and essays to fit the occasion. One section is devoted to the appearances of the word "be" in Hamlet in a comparison that throws light on that most famous quotation of all: "To be or not to be." Another section treats one of history's most haunting mysteries, the disappearance of thechildren of Hamelin in the Middle Ages.
This books is concerned with the multi-contextual aspect of words found in poetry, for one does not only have that context to consider which determines one relevant sense of a word as when one reads a newspaper. That is one reason we can always discover new meanings in a great poem whenever we reread it.
This book surveys the historical background of the legend and is intended to explain its appeal to people in general and to poets in particular throughout the centuries. It expresses the author's close interest in Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and the poet's choice of particular words which, as verbal clues, point to the great depths beneath the surface of what many take to be only an innocent and jaunty ditty.