Author Archives: Gaynor Borade

About Gaynor Borade

Hi. My name is Gaynor and I have been an academic facilitator since 1992. I have successfully developed and imparted the ICSE, IGCSE and IBDP English and History syllabi. My endeavour is to make support material available to students, who find the prescribed content, analysis and collation of information particularly challenging.

Henrik Ibsen

Personal Henrik Johan Ibsen (March 20, 1828 – May 23, 1906) also known as ‘The Father of Realism’ was a profound poetic dramatist, theatre director and playwright from Norway. He was born in a merchant family in Telemark County. He wrote his plays in the Danish language which were published by Gyldendal the Danish publisher.… Read More »

Arthur Miller

Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an essayist, playwright and cult figure in the American theatre in the twentieth century born in Harlem in the New York City. All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953) and A View from the Bridge (1955 – which was… Read More »

Carol Ann Duffy

Personal profile Carol Ann Duffy, born on December 23, 1955 to a Roman Catholic family in Glasgow, is a famous playwright and poet from Scotland. In May 2009 she was appointed Poet Laureate in Britain, besides which at Manchester Metropolitan University, she is Professor of Contemporary Poetry. In Scotland, she is the first woman and… Read More »

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a poet, essayist, environmental activist, novelist, and inventor born in Ontario, Ottawa, Canada on November 18, 1939. She has won the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and is also winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Five times, she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won it once.… Read More »

Sylvia Plath

Personal profile Sylvia Plath born in Boston, America, (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was a short story writer, novelist and poet. Before being acclaimed as a writer and poet, she studied at the University of Cambridge, Newnham College and Smith College where she excelled academically. In 1956 she married Ted Hughes a fellow… Read More »

The Trees Are Down

The Trees are Down is written by Charlotte Mew who was a popular poetess at the turn of twentieth century, a contemporary of Thomas Hardy, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf. Mew was born in 1869 in London and was the eldest daughter in a family of seven. While she was still a young girl she lost… Read More »

Analysis of The Tree

‘The Trees’ is written by Philip Arthur Larkin was an English novelist, poet and a librarian. He was born on 9th August 1922 and graduated in English language and literature in 1943. He worked at the Brynmor Jones Library for thirty years and it was during this time that most of his work got published.… Read More »

The Bloody Chamber

Introduction The Bloody Chamber is one of the collections of stories written by Angela Carter. It was published in 1979. Most of the stories in the anthology is based in folk tales or fairy tales. There are ten stories in the collection. They are ‘The Snow Child’, ‘The Courtship of Mr. Lyon’, ‘Wolf-Alice’, ‘ The… Read More »


Introduction Beowulf is considered one of the most important work in English literature both for its antiquity and its magnificence. It consists of 3182 lines in alliteration. The language is Old English and the book might be the only work existing in such an ancient form of the language. The theme of the poem is… Read More »

Line-by-line Analysis of ‘Hunting Snake’ by Judith Wright

Hunting Snake by Judith Wright 1) The environmentalist Judith Wright shares her experience of coming face to face with a snake when she was with a friend. She remembers the warm autumn day, which she personifies as having a lot of grace. 2) The poet, being a lover of nature, fondly remembers the bright and… Read More »

Line-by-line Analysis of ‘Horses’ by Edwin Muir

Horses by Edwin Muir 1) In this memory poem, the poet remembers his days as a little boy in his country home, observing the horses on the ranch. He remembers their steady movement that would displace the soil beneath their hooves. 2) He remembers the animals on the bare field and wonders why the memory… Read More »

Line-by-line Analysis of ‘Continuum’ by Allen Curnow

Continuum by Allen Curnow Lines 1-2) The poet creates an image of night-time and describes the rising of the moon as the night progresses. He metaphorically hints at his frame of mind. The moon in the poem symbolizes the human mind, while the house is symbolic of the body. In the first line itself the… Read More »

Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger is a realist play written by James John Osborne in 1956. The focus is on marital life and its struggles. It was a period where America was finding its freedom in marital life; the time when couples were not really bound by the oath taken in marriage.