Week 11, Blog 5 – Using M. Nourbese Philip’s ‘Discourse on the logic of language’, discuss how language can be both a prison and a release from prison.

Language is a powerful tool of communication, allowing one to express their inner thoughts, emotions and experiences. Marlene Nourbese Philip considers “the estrangement of the postcolonial and female subject within the imposed colonial language of English,” (Greenblatt 872) through her poem ‘Discourse on the logic of language’. She utilises a mixture of poetry, prose and …

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Week 9, Blog 4 – Virginia Woolf believes in the power of the imagination to liberate human beings from the shackles of their enslavement. Do you have a comment on this statement?

Virginia Woolf’s belief that the power of imagination holds the key to personal liberation of mental entrapment is a valid statement and one that I agree with. Imagination is defined as "the power or capacity to form internal images or ideas… and situations not actually present to the senses" ("imagination, n.", OED). Therefore, it can …

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Week 4, Blog 2 – How does your response to Sassoon’s “On Passing the New Menin Gate” make you reassess your reaction to war memorials in your own country?

Siegfried Sassoon is often regarded as the most innocent of the war poets. Although his poem “On Passing the New Menin Gate” connotes a more passive-aggressive tone compared to others, it still vividly emphasises great fury and anguish over the most gruesome era of human history. Siegfried Sassoon’s “On Passing the New Menin Gate” sourced …

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