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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

The Pre-History of Historical Fiction 

The Pre-History of Historical Fiction  In 1895, George Saintsbury, a journalist, literary critic and renowned wine expert, published a book called The Historical Novel, which was one of the earliest sustained investigations of the genre. For Saintsbury the historical...

What is Historical Fiction?

 “Fiction is the truth inside the lie” -Stephen King Historical fiction is a genre of imaginative narratives set in the past, whose authors make a deliberate effort to convey chronologically remote settings, cultures and personages with accuracy, plausibility, and...

Self Reliant India: A step towards a Utopian Society

Self Dependent India India is home to 17.7% of the total world population, and one of the biggest economic powers of the world. Recently, our honorable prime minister, Shri Narendra Modi initiated a nationwide campaign of making India self reliant. The coronavirus...

Book Reviews

Book Review: Ikigai

生き甲斐 “If you keep moving with your fingers working, 100 years will come to you”-Hector & Miralles Book: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a long and happy lifeAuthor: Hector Gargia & Fransec MirallesPublisher: Penguin Random HouseFormat: PaperbackPage Count:...

Book Review: Insanely Simple

“Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth in the end, because once you get there, you can move mountains.”-Steve Jobs   Book: Insanely Simple: The obsession that drives apple’s...

Book Review: The Theory of Everything

“The most remarkable property of the universe is that it has spawned creatures able to ask questions.”-Stephen Hawking   Book: The Theory of Everything: The origin and the fate of the universeAuthor: Stephen HawkingGenre: CosmologyPublisher: Jaico BooksFormat:...

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