We’ve all experienced the depths of our doubt, and boy, it’s not fun. So where does it come from and how do we combat it? People can say the cruelest of things, and yet, when we say those things to ourselves, about our own writing, we allow it. We even back it up with reasons to prove it’s rubbish. Let’s be honest, sometimes we are our own harshest critique.
How would you feel if a stranger said your writing was crap? Seriously, how? Hurt? Angry? Crushed? It’s time we learnt to be kind to ourselves.
If only we were taught as children to see the best in ourselves. To see failure as progress. And to problem solve our doubts away. I think we’d take that nagging critical voice and lock it away. Or we’d shout back at that voice: How dare you speak to me…
Sharing with you notes on various literary theories you may want to consider on your next literary analysis/ criticism:
FORMAL CRITICISM is an approach to literature that focuses on the formal elements of a work, such as its language, structure and tone. Formalist critics offer intense examinations of the relationship between form and meaning in a work, emphasizing the subtle complexity in how a work is arranged. Formalist pay special attention to diction, irony, paradox, metaphor and symbol, as well as larger elements such as plot, characterization and narrative technique. Formalist critics read literature as an independent work of art rather than a reflection of the author’s state of mind or as a representation of a moment in history. Therefore, anything outside of the work. Including historical influences and authorial intent, is generally not examined by formalist critics.
Make an inventory of the key words, symbols, and images in the…
Each new day is a blessing , A glorious gift from God. Be thankful for everything, That you have in this life of yours. You have what you deserve; What others deserve is theirs. Do not compare and be unhappy, You too have lots to cheer. Count your blessings and you’ll find, Your fortune is past compare .
A woman’s work is never done: It means a woman works Longer hours than a man because housework and raising children are jobs that never end. So appreciate every woman in your life and if you’re a woman, be proud of yourself cause you’re special.
A fact of life: It refers to something unpleasant and which people accept because they cannot change it.
Charmed life: Means a person who’s lucky and is strangely unaffected by dangers and difficulties.
About as useful, as a chocolate pot: Completely useless.
Back to the salt mines: To return to the workplace.
Carrot and stick: An offer involving a reward countered by the threat of punishment.
Go bananas: To become very angry.
In a nutshell: In summary.
Be a barrel of laughs: Be enjoyable/entertaining.
Case in point: An example that illustrates a point.
Dream big, think high, Endeavour to reach the sky. Put in your best in what you do, To conquer peaks with just a few. Success comes to those who try, And use their inner wings to fly. So, strive hard and say with pride, I’ll take the world in my stride.
I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed; And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
The theme of Shelley’s ‘Ozymandias’ is the ravages of time. The sonnet is therefore Shakespearean where the poet challenges the master on his favourite ground. The poem was written in 1815. Here the poet speaks of meeting a traveller from Egypt who had described to him a wrecked mammoth stone statue standing on a stone pedestal in the desolation of the desert (the desert of Thebes).It was the statue of a king. At the foot of the stone pedestal was a stone face lying half sunk in the desert sand. The statue was trunkless – only a pair of legs poised in a commanding stance. The broken face bore the stamp of arrogance and contempt. The puckered lips, the scornful eyes, the frowning brows; symbolizes severity of character. The most interesting thing was however, an inscription on the stone pedestal declaring the statue to be of the king Ozymandias (perhaps in reality it was that of King Rameses II of Egypt) and declaring him to be the king of kings. It also warns the other brave and mighty to give up any hope of rivalling him. The great irony is that a king so mighty is now reduced to two broken legs and a shattered visage that lies in the dust. The ravages of time spare none and treats everyone equally. The poet in a few succinct lines brings out the futility of man’s pursuance of worldly glory. Nothing in this life is everlasting. The name ‘Ozymandias’ itself suggests that time –the great destroyer, devours everything. The motif of transience of earthly pomp, power, grandeur and glory is driven home through vibrant images. “The wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command.’ ‘the vast trunkless legs of stone’, ‘the shattered visage’ paints a vivid picture of the ruins in the desolate place. Shelly is poetically philosophising the vanity of human endeavour to achieve immortal glory and the annhiliative and corrosive influence of time. The poem is out and out impersonal and is immune to the poet’s personal emotions. The form of the poem compliments the theme. The visual images used to fill in the detail of the scene gives concreteness to the poem. The point that the earthly power is thoroughly ephemeral and vaunting tantamounting to meaningless fury – is tangibly manifested not only in its superficial meaning, but also in its tone and temper. Time is a great leveller. The irony and utter fruitlessness of human glory lies in the ruggedness of the following lines:- “Nothing besides remains Round the decay of that colossal wreck: boundless, bare. The lone and level sands stretches far away.”
We all want to be a better writer and so we read many books and practice our writing skills to improve writing styles. Yesterday I received in my email from Jerry Jenkins an article entitled Twenty-five tips to immediately make you a better writer. I decided to share this article with you. Jerry Jenkins is […]