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Charles Lamb

The theme of Lamb's essay is regret and loss: regret for unfulfilled joy, unfulfilled love, lost hope, lost opportunity and lost joys of life. There are three topics describing the theme of regret...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012 6:11 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

It is beyond the scope of an eNote answer to explicate an essay of this length line by line, but I will provide an overview, and please feel free to ask more questions. As the title of the essay...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 10:33 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

Many of Charles Lamb's essays had Romantic elements. He wrote using the pseudonym Elia, and one of his collections of essays is often referred to as the "Elia essays." One of his Elia essays, "Old...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016 7:34 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb’s life was marked by tragedy. His sister, in fit of madness, murdered their parents. Lamb himself spent time in an asylum. Lacking in self-confidence, he used a pseudonym “Elia” for...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2012 10:31 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

In Charles Lamb's "A Poor Relation," from Essays of Elia, the speaker describes the terrible burden of the poor relation on a family that was financially comfortable—a sad commentary, actually. The...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2012 2:36 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

Lamb, writing autobiographically under the persona of his alter-ego Elia, here discusses making amends of sorts for not having had the opportunity to attend Oxford or Cambridge. As a child of a...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 10:58 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

In this direct and uncluttered narrative poem, the speaker conveys an experience that he had while traveling in a horse-drawn coach. Charles Lamb uses simple diction that makes the narrative direct...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2017 1:13 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb's Essays of Elia were essays written about himself and his sister, Mary. By using the pseudonym Elia, he was able to examine his life at some distance, and many of his essays are...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2016 10:05 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

As another answer noted, Bridget is based on Charles' ten-year-older sister, Mary, who acted as a mother to him in a highly dysfunctional family. In real life, Mary stabbed their mother to death in...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 9:20 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

The central idea of the poem is that, despite our best efforts, life is often full of contradictions and regrets. Even though we may strive to hold on to our intimate connections, it is impossible...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2016 5:06 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

Charles' Lamb's "Old China" comes from a collection of his writings entitled, Elia and The Last Essays of Elia. To answer your question first, I believe that Lamb, in describing the faces painted...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2012 10:12 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

As the title suggests, this essay is a rumination on Valentine's Day. Lamb, through his persona Elia, opens by differentiating between the St. Valentine for whom Valentine's Day is named and other,...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2016 12:31 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

"Dream Children" by Charles Lamb is an autobiographical reflection on loss, regret, and the nature of childhood. The tone is nostalgic and, at first, light-hearted. Lamb recalls his grandmother,...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019 9:21 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

A personal essay is autobiographical and conversational in tone. Charles Lamb's "Dream-Children" arguably fits that definition. In "Dream-Children," Lamb uses his persona Elia. He imagines Elia...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 3:48 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

Late in the day, the narrator finds himself on a stagecoach. During his travels, he notices a little girl and her mother sitting near him. The child appears to be engrossed in her own thoughts and...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 3:32 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

All of Lamb's major trademarks as an essayist are to be found in this work: overall, a relaxed and colloquial voice and a genteel sensibility incorporating elements of humour, whimsy, strong...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2014 7:19 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

A reverie is a dream, and the story Lamb's narrator, Elia, tells about what he calls his "little ones," John and Alice, is a dream. We know this because at the end of his account, Elia informs us...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 1:13 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

The speaker of the poem asks the girl to look at the "prospect." Here, prospect can mean the view but it also can mean the probability or chance for success in the future. So, it is even more...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2015 1:01 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

“Blindness” by Charles Lamb is a poem about the encounter of a gentleman riding in a stagecoach with a young girl and her mother. In the first stanza, he observed that the little girl did not look...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

This is one of those statements that have been made periodically throughout literary (and general) history that grab people's attention while having little basis in fact. Lamb lived from 1775 to...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 4:16 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

In the essay, Elia imagines his two children, Alice and John, coming to sit near him and hear the stories of their great grandmother Fields and their uncle, Elia's older brother, John L. Elia...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2021 11:20 am UTC

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Charles Lamb

In this poem, the speaker recalls a trip on a stagecoach. He explains how a young girl catches his attention. He wonders why she doesn't look outside and admire the scenery as a child typically...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2016 2:16 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb’s closest playmate was his sister Mary, eleven years his senior. Before Charles was born, Mary enjoyed, and later shared with Charles, the healthful life of the country in her mother’s...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 10:11 pm UTC

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Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb also said, "I love to lose myself in other men's minds" just before the line "Books think for me." In this context, Lamb meant that reading was like getting into other people's minds....

Latest answer posted May 28, 2012 8:15 pm UTC

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The poem "Blindness" is narrated by an old man who first observes a girl in a stage coach. Here are some notes you might make while annotating the poem. The narrator notes the girl seems distracted...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 12:18 pm UTC

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