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John Donne was one of the earliest metaphysical poets, born in London to Roman Catholic parents. With the persecution of Catholics Donne converted to the Church of England living a clerical and political life along with his poetry. Best described as titillate and religious, he primarily wrote poetry on religion, sexuality, love and death; one of the most famous being Death be Not Proud written in 1609 before being published posthumously in 1633. Donne joins a club including Van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, Galileo, Alfred Wegner, and Oscar Wilde — people who were only recognised once they vanquished from our…


Arabian Literature has produced many classics, definitively one of the most sold books ever (The Quran) as well as having strong connections with what is arguably the most sold book ever, The Bible. Though these texts have Arabian origins, they aren’t often what we picture when we think of Arabian Literature, instead our mind wanders to tales produced throughout the Peninsula’s golden era that have found their way into Western Civilisation — and one of the most notable of these is of course Tales from 1001 Nights. …


Usually when we read, we are confined to stories and pieces written in a language or dialect that is comprehensible to us. Foreign literature changes this though, it allows us to expand our views of society, the world, and our knowledge beyond the borders of language. When we read literature that was originally composed in a language beyond our understanding, it has been translated, so whilst reading foreign literature helps us understand foreign culture, does the translated text deliver the same effect?

Whilst “Les Adventures de Tintin” remain similar between both the original French and translated English, there remain many subtle differences between the two.

Though Tintin does not provide the best insight into foreign culture (but does provide insight into how the…


Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, and as of 2018 home to 26.26 Million inhabitants. The island nation lies off the south-east coast of Africa, the continent which gave us man. Madagascar is known for its abundance of native flora and fauna, though it may become known for more at the end of this years World Cup of Literature. The Malagasy people became independent from their French colonisers in 1960 and has since developed a strong economy based off of Tourism, Spices, Clothing and Seafood.

Naivo has delivered strong form for Madagascar as he tells the tale of the government…

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