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Is cultural independence on its way for Cornwall?

This week an unprecedented chance will be given to Scotland to become independent and end the Union with England, a state of things which was established in 1707, more than three centuries ago. Is this opportunity a once in a lifetime experience or will this, sooner or later, happen within the other States which form…

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What women wrote: the forgotten voices of World War I

When dealing with the subject of World War I and related literature, most will remember Rupert Brooke’s poignant poems as well as those that the history of English literature has hailed as representative of that day and age. However, many other poets and novelists wrote about and during the Great War and the deep impact…

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The importance of reading Ibn Quzman

When Baron Victor von Rosen first brought attention to the importance of Ibn Quzman‘s manuscript at the library of Saint Petersburg in the 1880s, new studies could finally hail him as the most famous poet of al-Andalus (the territories of Spain, Portugal and France which were under Muslim rule between 711 and 1492, until the Spanish reconquest). Muhammad…

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Rupert Brooke, the Dymock Poets and literary labels

They were not a literary group. Nor had they come up with a manifesto for their inspiration or purpose in Literature (unless we count the magazine “New Numbers“, which would feature works by some of the Dymock poets, an unconventional manifesto). However, despite not being mentioned often in 20th century English literature, the Dymock Poets…

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The hidden Modernist: the unique style of Stevie Smith

The 1930s were a very peculiar time in the history of English literature. The pessimistic vein of English authors produced some of the darkest and deepest works of the last century, though each and every author described that difficult period with their own style and proposed their perspective to their contemporaries and future generations. Florence…