Working towards the study of English Literature for over 10 years, I have also tried to build a foundation of critical knowledge through reading a range of work, such as David Lodge’s The Art of Fiction and Bennett and Royle’s An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory.
As a keen poetry fan, with limited opportunity to study it, I also enjoyed John Lennard’s The Poetry Handbook.
This is something I also found whilst reading 'The Wasteland' as background for my A-level War literature unit.
Elliot's obscure and counter-intuitive metaphors allow for countless nuances in understanding, making this poem one of the more fascinating I have ever read.
Being offered the opportunity to bring together this knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm within a formal educational environment would be a delightful opportunity to deliver on the promise and passion that has driven me thus far.
To me the study of literature is the study of the human imagination.
Due to some unfortunate health problems, I also missed a proportion of my final year at secondary school.
Despite this setback, I have dedicated myself to gaining the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake undergraduate study in the field.
The profound effect Blake had directed me in my wider reading; familiarising myself with Wordsworth and Keats increased my critical appreciation of all three.
'Ode to a Nightingale' especially aroused my interest, re-addressing Blakian themes of the beauty of natural world and mans' place within it.