The Sound of Silence

Following on from my post Robert Frost revelation, I started to think about the poetry involved in many song lyrics and when this song performed by the band Disturbed came on I had to try to analyse why it resonates with me so much. Continue reading “The Sound of Silence”


Assignment 2 – Part A: Exploring the themes of time and place in Victoria Hislop’s The Island

Extract from Victoria Hislop’s The Island: 

            “Unfurled from its mooring, the rope flew through the air and sprayed the woman’s bare arms with droplets of seawater. They soon dried, and as the sun beat down on her from a cloudless sky she noticed that her skin sparkled with intricate patterns of salty crystals, like a tattoo in diamonds. Alexis was the only passenger in the small, battered boat, and as it chugged away from the quay in the direction of the lonely, unpeopled island ahead of them she shuddered, as she thought of all the men and women who had travelled there before her.

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Exercise 1: Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

The aim of this task is to map one of our favourite novels to The Hero’s Journey. The novel I have chosen is Wild Seed by Octavia Butler (1980). My copy is part of a compilation called Seed to Harvest by Octavia Butler (2007) Grand Central Publishing.

If you haven’t read Wild Seed then I strongly urge you to track down a copy as it is brilliant. It goes without saying that beyond this point, spoilers abound!

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