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Dr. Johnson’s Friends and Contemporaries: Goldsmith, Boswell and Gibbon


Johnson ; Goldsmith ; Burke ; Boswell ; Junius ; Hume ; Robertson ; Gibbon

1735. Johnson's translation of Lobo's "Voyage to Abyssinia."
1 738. Hurrre's " Treatise of Human Nature."
1738. Johnson's" London."
1742. Hume's "Essays."
1744. Johnson's" Life of Savage."
1749. Johnson's "Vanity of Human Wishes."
1749. Johnson's "Irene."
1750-52. Johnson's" Rambler."
1752. Hume's "Political Discourses."
1754-61. Hume's "History England."
1755. Johnson's Dictionary. English writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson publishes his Dictionary of the English Language. Standardized spelling of English words is one of the benefits that result.
1756. Burke on the "Sublime and Beautiful."
1758-60. Johnson's "Idler."
1758. Robertson's "History of Scotland."
I 759- Johnson's" Russelas."

A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 85

A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers

a. Macaulay in his Minute on Education (English Education Act 1835) advocated the introduction of the study of English in India. It was the study of English language and literature that opened the Indians the window to western culture and galvanized them with the progressive ideals that prevailed in Europe at the time. It led to the upsurge of nationalism and the Indian Renaissance of the 19th century. ReadMore A to Z (Objective Questions)
b. Henry Derozio published his poems in 1823 and Kashiprosad Ghose published The Shair and the Other Poems in 1830. They were not eminent poets but they are historically important, because they wrote in English much before Macaulay. 

c. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was the first Indian writer of a novel in English- Rajmahan’s Wife published in 1864.ReadMore A to Z (Objective Questions)
d. Toru Dutta wrote Bianca and The Young Spanish Maidenpublished…

Plot of Euripides’ Medea is Steadily Developed from Prologue to Devastating Climax

"I depict men as they ought to be, but Euripides portrays them as they are."
Sophocles (496? - 406 BC) Greek playwright, 340? BC.
Euripides wrote about ninety tragic plays of which eighteen are extant. We should also include Rhesus and one satyric play, which have been transmitted to us. The surviving plays are Alcestis (438 B. C., Medea (431 B. C.), Hippolytus (428 B. C.), Trojan Women (415 B. C.), Helen (412 B. C.), Orestes (408 B. C.), Iphigenia at Aulis (405 B. C.), Bacchae (405 B. C.), Andromache, Children of Heracles, Hecuba, Suppliants, Electra, Madness of Heracles, Iphigenia in Tauris, Ion, Phoenissae, Cyclops, and Rhesus.

What English Do I need to Study? : A Comparative Study between English for Special Purpose (ESP) and General English

"If the English language had been properly organized...then there would be a word which meant both 'he' and 'she', and I could write, 'If John or Mary comes heesh will want to play tennis,' which would save a lot of trouble."
A. A. Milne (1882 - 1956)
British writer.

The Christopher Robin Birthday Book

English for Special Purpose (ESP) and General English have some fundamental differences. This is because people talk differently depending on whom they are talking to and on the circumstances of the conversation. For instance, people who work together in different kinds of jobs have special words for their jobs: lawyers know legal language, doctors know medical terms, and factory workers know the right terms to describe the products they make and the processes used to make them. Such job-related language not only has special purposes, it also identifies the user as somebody who knows the job. For example, someone who cannot use legal language convincingl…

A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 84

A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers

a. An epic has been generally described as a long narrative poem, on a grand scale about the deeds of warriors and heroes, kings and gods. It is a polygonal heroic story incorporating myth, legend, folktale and history. Epics are mostly of national significance, since that they embody the history and aspirations of nations in a lofty or grandeur manner. An epic is a culture mirror with a fixed ideological stance, often reflecting the best noblest principles of nation’s ethos.
b. T.S. Eliot in The Wasteland and Thomas Mauve in The Magic Mountain have both told the death knell of heroism, divinity, love and all nobler virtues in the post war modern world which portrayed, rightly enough, as a fragmented, hellish insubstantial circle of spiritual vacuity and ideals . Read More A to Z (Objective Questions)
 c.Old and Middle English alliterative poems are commonly written in form of four-stress lines. Of these poems, Wi…

English as a Second Language in India: Analyzing Its Functions Taking Some of the Key Aspects of Our Educational System in India

While thinking of some of the key aspects of our educational system in India we readily conclude that it demands the use of English. Indian youths in the age of 3G – 4G use English as a major means of communication and even college or university campus also adopt English as their major means of communication. The other day, in popular T. V. serial C. I. D. a letter in Hindi is written in English words, I am just wondering if the script writer is a hybrid product of this linguistic generation.Read More Teaching English (TEFL)
Taking this into account, after the formal introduction and induction of English 250 years ago, the major functions which English performs in India in 2015 is astonishingly variety. The language is used as a medium of instruction in schools; it is the language of administration; it is the language of commerce and industry; it is the language of national unity; it is the language of international diplomacy; it is also a medium of creative writing. For a long time to…