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Apr 11, 2018Open    AccessArticle

An Appreciation of “A Psalm of Life

Xiaoqun Chen
“A Psalm of Life”, often subtitled “What the Heart of the Young Man Said to the Psalmist”, is a lyric written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, an American romantic poet [1]. In order to have an aesthetic appreciation, the author consults some literature and analyzes the poem in terms of its gist, theme, poetical features and practical significance. The conclusion is that full of aesthetics, this poem reveals an optimisti

Dec 19, 2017Open    AccessArticle

Some Features of the Syntax of Proverbs in Cameroon Pidgin English

Jean-Paul Kouega
This paper examines the structure of Cameroon Pidgin English proverbs. The data are drawn from a sample of proverbs which seem to have originated from the context of use of the language itself and are therefore not translations from foreign languages and cultures. The analysis, which is done following Quirk et al.’s model of syntactic study [1] [2], reveals that simple sentences occur more frequently than compound and complex sent

Nov 30, 2017Open    AccessArticle

“Fake Graduates” and the Fate of the African Society: Camillus Ukah’s When the Wind Blows and Rasaki Ojo Bakare’s Once upon a Tower

Solomon Awuzie
This article contends that every generation has its challenges and that the first sets of people that wrestle with the challenges are the youths. In each generation, African writers make the challenges of the youths their major concerns. Like other generations, the youths of the contemporary generation are facing new societal challenges. For instance, in this generation, many youths graduate f

Nov 21, 2016Open    AccessArticle

Sam’s Book as Symbolic Metaphor for Loss

Silvia Kofler
The present manuscript aims to explore the attitude and emotion/motivation of the author/agent, David Ray, necessary for the creation of Sam’s Book, the creation of his symbolic Metaphor for Loss through a close look at the speaker/agent as defined by Burke within the technical form of the poems. The paper is divided into four sections that give the methods of t

Nov 14, 2016Open    AccessArticle

On Conceptual Potentials of Metonymy

Hans-Harry Droessiger
Metonymy is a more deeply embedded and ingrained capability of the human mind than classical approaches may tell. The cognitive turn in linguistics changed the point of view to the interaction between language and mind, thus, new approaches to understand what metonymy is might come into life. The takeover of ideas of metonymy into applied branches of linguistics like translation studies (as a complement to

Aug 08, 2016Open    AccessArticle

Greek Mythology in 18th-to-19th English Romantic Poetry

Yujie Su
In the 18th and 19th century of English literature, there were two generations of English Romantic poetry in Britain, who have produced great influences on the literature world. Those romantic poets were inspired more or less by the French Revolution, and advocated to the people to pursue beauty and inner freedom in nature or art. The

Jul 13, 2016Open    AccessArticle

Relations between Man and the Environment through the Analysis of the Symbolism of the Herbs and Trees in Caribbean Literature

Chali Jean-Georges
The question of representations of the forest world, trees and plants in the Caribbean literature is important in the understanding of the relationship between man and nature. This work deals with the study of literary texts which highlight this human-nature interaction serving as the writer’s base to establish the legitimacy of the literary discourse. It anchors this dialogue in reality and knowledge of the world which translates

Feb 22, 2016Open    AccessArticle

Brechtian Epic Elements in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls

Behrooz Mahmoodi-Bakhtiari, Telli Beiraghi
Since Aristotle’s response to Plato’s attack on poetic imitation as being twice removed from reality, the concept of mimesis has pervaded the drama. Aristotle’s all arts, epic, tragic, comic and dithyrambic, regardless of their different media, subject matter, and manner of imitation, involve mimesis. Aristotle argued that mimesis provided fictional distance from the things being presented on stage, and allowed the audience to get emotionally involved leading them to catharsis, the purgation of ...

Nov 20, 2015Open    AccessArticle

Translating Characters’ Names in Hong Lou Meng during the 20th Century: From Seeking Lexical Equivalence to Maintaining Communicative Function

Hao Zhou
The classic Chinese novel Hong Lou Meng has been introduced into many different cultures through an important medium: translation. Over one dozen of English versions have been published so far, and have been studied by so many researchers. In those translated works, a variety of translation strategies are adopted for translating characters’ names. Name translation is a small field of studies on translating Hong Lou Meng, However this topic is not only interesting but also important...

Jul 29, 2015Open    AccessArticle

Shona Writers’ Vision of the Liberation Struggle: A Name-Centred Approach

Godwin Makaudze, Enna Sukutai Gudhlanga
The liberation struggle is such an historic event in Zimbabwean history to an extent that even today, constant reference is made to it in a bid to remind and challenge the whole nation to safeguard its cause. Efforts have also been made to enlighten the new generation on the rationale, experiences and gains of this struggle, with intent to make them appreciate the sacrifices made by the gallant fighters who made such possible. As such, many history books, novels, poems and drama texts have been ...