Aug 1, 2012

On The vanity of earthly greatness - Arthur Guiterman

"On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness" is a modern poem written by an American poet Arthur Guiterman. It is a flawless poem, which shows the remorselessness of time and the vanity of human greatness.

Through this poem, the poet announces his philosophy of life or outlook that all those entities that symbolize earthly grandeur, greatness and power such as the tusks of mastodons, the sword of Charlemagne the Just, the grizzly bear, great Caesar etc. will be reduced in course of time into things of non-entity.

The Six Million Dollar Man - Harold J. Morowitz

Harold J Morowitz in his essay “The Six Million Dollar Man” examines the value of chemicals present in human body and arrives at a conclusion that human body is indeed invaluable.

Once the writer received a birthday greetings card where it was written that the material value of human body was worth only 97 cents. Being a scientist himself, the writer becomes curious and decided to examine the statement with the help of catalogues given to him by biochemical companies. He calculated various human body chemicals ranging from three dollars to 17 crore 50 lakh dollar per gram and discovered that the average value of human body chemical was $245.54 per gram. Further calculation brought the value of human body chemicals over six million dollar. On discovering this fact that he was a six million dollar man, the writer felt a great up graduation in his ego. Being a scientist, the writer calculated the human body chemicals in the highest informational and purified form whereas in the 97 cents figure printed on the birthday card, the calculation was done in the poorest informational state and for unpurified block of chemicals only.

Jul 31, 2012

Malini - Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore in his poetic play “Malini” presents a story of love and hatred. The play deals with a conflict between love and hatred as well as selfish way of thinking and broadmindedness. It is based on the concept that love in its absolute and pure form is all radiance, all pervading, and all compassionate. The play also shows that petty selfishness assumes the name of love and rules the world with hatred.

Malini, the princess of a Hindu kingdom had her education with Buddhist monks and started preaching their principles in the kingdom. Because of her preaching of new religion, the majority of Hindu Brahmins was agitated and started demanding Malini’s banishment from the place. Realizing the suffering of the people, Malini herself wanted to be banished from the palace in order to solve their problems. A group of Brahmins led by Kemankar started demanding Malini’s banishment appearing in front of the palace.

Oops! What’s That Again - Roger Rosenblatt

Roger Rosenblatt in his essay “Oops! What’s that Again” classifies the mistakes people make while speaking in humourous tone with remarkable examples. He also describes the reasons of these mistakes from linguistic and psychological point of view.

Broadly, the writer classifies verbal mistakes into four categories as under:

Jul 30, 2012

Keeping Things Whole - Mark Strand

Mark Strand in his poem “Keeping things Whole” expresses that human beings always disturb the nature whereas nature always makes a balance to keep itself intact. The poet appeals for wholeness of nature against its usual fragmentation while performing daily activities in our life.

The poet says that while in the field, he considers himself as absence of the field; this is because the field is missing where he is standing. Wherever he is in the field, he displaces and occupies the part of the field that is missing (not visible). According to the poet, he divides the air when he walks. In other words, he disturbs the nature.