Tag Archive: analysis

Magic Must Have a Meaning: Chesterton, Lewis, and Tolkien in Elf-Land

Joseph Pearce, Catholic author and literary analyst, explores the common understanding of fantasy magic held by G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Come, My Love: An Analysis of Thomas Merton’s Mystical Poem “Pass Through My Will”

Read this analysis of the poem “Pass Through My Will” by Thomas Merton, Catholic monk and spiritual mystic.

The Catholic and the Convert: A Brief Exploration and Comparison of the Spiritual Influences Behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia

Read this stimulating, scholarly overview of the beliefs of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and how they shaped their literary masterpieces “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Dowry in the Shadows: The Suppression of Catholicism and Spiritual Vacuum in British Society

Read the story of Catholicism in Britain told in a historical chronology from the time of the split with Rome, and learn about the “spiritual vacuum” that opened up as a result.

Mirror, Mirror, in the Wood: A Review of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Read this erudite analysis of William Shakespeare’s timeless play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and learn how the farces and follies of the story-line actually hold meaning that parallels the chaos and irrationality of our own world.

Scour the Horse Anew: An Analysis of G.K. Chesterton’s Epic Poem “The Ballad of the White Horse”

Explore the many facets of “The Ballad of the White Horse”, G.K. Chesterton’s masterpiece that has been recognized as one of the last epic poems to be written in the English language.

Into the Valley of Death: An Analysis of “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

Read this fascinating overview of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous epic, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, and the way that history, politics, and romance worked its way into the folk memory, even as complexity surrounding the actual military exploit divided the public.

Noah’s Ark and the Epic of Gilgamesh: A Comparison

Although fundamental differences are present in the two, Noah’s Ark and the Epic of Gilgamesh also feature distinct parallels.

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