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What is Dark Academia?

Dark Academia is an aesthetic or more like a subculture involving love for Classic Literature, Renaissance paintings, Classical Art Museums and a society of people interested in Greek, Roman, Egyptian mythology, old mysterious places and people who are most passionate about poetry, reading, writing, obsessed with vintage elements of the mundane world, romanticising everything from candles to coffee stains, mostly English majors and sensitive book nerds.

What is Philology?

Philology is the study of language in oral and written historical sources; it is the intersection of textual criticismliterary criticismhistory, and linguistics, more commonly defined as the study of literary texts as well as oral and written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning.

What is Poetry?

Poetry is a type of literature based on the interplay of words and rhythm. It often employs rhyme and meter  In poetry, words are strung together to form sounds, images, and ideas that might be too complex or abstract to describe directly. Poetry was once written according to fairly strict rules of meter and rhyme, and each culture had its own rules. For example, Anglo-Saxon poets had their own rhyme schemes and meters, while Greek poets and Arabic poets had others. Although these classical forms are still widely used today, modern poets frequently do away with rules altogether – their poems generally do not rhyme and do not fit any particular meter. These poems, however, still have a rhythmic quality and seek to create beauty through their words.

What is Literature?

Literature broadly is any collection of written work, but it is also used more narrowly for writings specifically considered to be an art form, especially prose fiction, drama, and poetry In recent centuries, the definition has expanded to include oral literature, much of which has been transcribed. Literature is a method of recording, preserving, and transmitting knowledge and entertainment. Literature, as an art form, can also include works in various non-fiction genres, such as autobiography, diaries, memoir, letters, and the essay. Within its broad definition, literature includes non-fictional books, articles or other printed information on a particular subject.

Why?

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

– Mr Keatings, Dead Poets Society 

Articles

Geoffrey Chaucer – The father of English Literature

Geoffrey Chaucer was born in the reign of Edward III, lived through that of Richard II, and died the year after Henry IV ascended the throne. His life thus covers a period of glaring social contrasts and rapid political change. Chaucer was born in London most likely...

A Timeline of English History

Date Event Period 6000 BC Britain cut off from continental Europe by English Channel     Before English 5000 BC Proto-Indo-Europeans living in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 1000 BC Germanic Indo-European tribes living in parts of modern-day Germany 500 BC...

The Silmarillion

“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth, and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.”...

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Prophet

"Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation" - Khalil Gibran Book: The Prophet Author: Khalil Gibran Genre:  spiritual Publisher: Qiugnog Format: Hardcover Page Count: 150 Ratings: 5/5 Blurb: The most famous work of spiritual fiction of the twentieth...

Book Review: An outline history of English Literature

"Every man's memory is his private literature" -William Henry Hudson Book: An outline history of English Literature Author: William Henry Hudson Genre: Descriptive; literary Publisher: Maple classics Format: Paperback Page Count: 296 Ratings: 4/5 Blurb: An outline...

Book Review: Rhythm Roger

"The game is not over yet, Roger" -Himanshu Rai Book: Rhythm Roger Author: Himanshu Rai Genre: Science Fiction; telecom fiction Publisher: Invincible Publishers Format: Paperback Page Count: 216 Ratings: 4/5 Blurb: Heinrich Rudolf Hertz invented a unit of frequency...

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