1.The entertainment factor aside, we should read literary texts from before 1900 to expand our understanding of present day literature. It can help us re-evaluate our own view on reality and put certain things into perspective as well as give us an idea of the time it was written in.Furthermore, it is imperative in order to spot and comprehend intertextual connections whichmay represent encoded information the access to which we would be denied without knowledgeof texts written in post-modern times.2.The first collected edition of Shakespeare's works that is considered reliable was produced byJohn Heminges and Henry Condell in 1623 and is commonly referred to as "the FirstFolio" (although the original title had been
"Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories. &Tragedies"
).3.What Eliot particularly liked about metaphysical poetry was the depiction of experiences as psychological as well as sensual, and the way in which metaphysical poets - in his opinion -composed their texts with wit and in an unique manner.4.The central theme - in terms of content - is the well-known biblical story of Adam and Eve. Asfor the primary metaphorical theme, there is no simple answer.
has beeninterpreted in several different way, critics having spotted connections to subjects as diverse asmarriage, idolatry and other sins, the justification of God's ways to man, redemption andvolition, to name but a few.5.It has been postulated that, among others, spiritual autobiography, travel writing and - quiteobviously - diary keeping as a genre of literature have had a noticeable influence on the makingof
, with the former being considered the most important one.6.
may be called a "scepticist" novel in that throughout the entire plot, characters actand react in the way they do due to believes or assumptions that later turn out to have beenuntrue. Even the reader is misled and forms their opinion based on what appears to be set as a premise in the very beginning, namely Tom's being the son of Jenny Jones rather than BridgetAllworthy. All of this could serve as a means to illustrate the central postulate of philosophicalscepticism which is the near impossibility of obtaining knowledge or truth since all reasoning
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