Only four pages in and pulling books off of my shelves to remind myself of those you mention. That’s how I know a book is really good, if it has me pulling other books off of my shelves. I so appreciate your premise. Thanks for putting into words what I could not. -Amazon Review
The book attempts at exploring the variegated essence of different ages and writers of English literature.
It talks about the continuously changing intellectual activity within a nation. It tells all about English literature from beginning to the present times in a straight forward manner. It also contains short analyses of the major works of English literature and shows diversities and similarities of ideas and manifestos. Specially those works which reflect their times are given importance. Because they act like a mirror and help us understand the ages and general thoughts prevailing in those ages.
It contains the knowledge of English literature that I acquired through reading and listening. I am adding just a few things by myself and I have tried to support my arguments with textual references. The reader may find this book adding a little bit to the existing knowledge. Effort has been made to make it interesting and easy to comprehend.
Reading English poets and making their poetry a part of my understanding and feelings resulted in the five poems that I wrote. Last pages of the book cover those poems.
About the Author:
Moazzam Ali is a well appreciated poet who has written numerous poems. He is the writer of two books. He has published many articles and blog posts on different websites across the world. His book titled as ‘Essence of English Intellectual Life’ has also reached Oxford university, UK.
He has a rapidly increasing fan following due his very unique ideas. He is a lover of literature and he defined it by saying, “Literature is the expression of human perception through an artistic way of writing”, and regarding poetry he further writes, “…Two things are to be noted here: perception and art. Among all writers, writing in different genres, poets perceive the most and poetry is the greatest art in writing”.
His perception is warmly entertained by the readers across the globe. He believes that perceiving through dreams is the most wonderful experience that one can ever have. He has dreams at night that come true in the day. He believes, “There is a life that I live while I sleep – real one, more real than this life”. Regarding perception, he thinks, “a person touches the peak of perception when he manages living with doubts, mysteries and uncertainties”. From this very point he came to the next, “great literature always leaves its readers with a lot of questions in their minds”. About great writers and their masterpieces, he feels, “The ideas of great writers are not necessarily great, but the projection of those ideas is always great”. He feels it deeply, “Time is undifferentiated. One hour is as long as a year and one year is as short as an hour”, “The moment that is gone had never existed at all” and “Past is as unrealistic as something imaginary”.
He is writing his novel on the base of such thought provoking ideas. He believes that he has a strong friendship with God and God talks to him through dreams. Finally he looks at human existence as, “God made it beautiful: weddings and funerals, joy and sorrow, comfort and pain, gatherings and loneliness, hope and despair, love and hatred, loyal friends and malignant foes, impoverished and the rich, good and evil and heaven with hell on the contrary to it. Then directed us to tend to the side of good, to be patient in sorrow and grateful in joy, to struggle for changing the impoverishment to bounty, to live on earth with love and peace, to make lasting friendships with the good and not yield before evil, to put our trust in Him in pain and remain hopeful. He created these contraries to test us and finally, in the hereafter, He will decide about each one of us through gigantic contraries like heaven and hell.
Whenever I see the smiling faces at weddings, same faces that were sorrowful at funerals, I see the glimpses of God’s existence. Joy and sorrow have their existence at the core of human condition in this world and specially in the hereafter. These contraries put together give meaning to our existence. Yet it may not be all about us.”