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Thematic Concerns in the Essays of Charles Lamb: A Critical Analysis

Authors: Abdul Awal


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Country: India

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Abstract: Francis Bacon and Charles Lamb are the two prominent names in the history of English essays. If Bacon is the father of English essays, Charles Lamb (1775-1833) may be called the prince of English essayists. In fact, Lamb is entitled to a place as an essayist beside Montaigne, Sir Thomas Browne, Steele and Addison. Lamb’s essays can be categorized into essays proper which are characterized, among other things, by the presence of subjective elements, informal tone, certain degree of lightness and ease and a confidential relation between the author and the reader. The manner and tune of Lamb’s essays is as changeful as their occasion and topic, for Lamb saw English prose as an instrument flexible enough to be used for various purposes. His essays cover a wide range so far as their themes are concerned. This paper is an attempt at making a critical analysis of the thematic concerns in the essays of Lamb.

Keywords: Essays, confidential, humour, subjective, themes,

Paper Id: 449

Published On: 2018-12-12

Published In: Volume 6, Issue 6, November-December 2018

Cite This: Thematic Concerns in the Essays of Charles Lamb: A Critical Analysis - Abdul Awal - IJIRMPS Volume 6, Issue 6, November-December 2018. DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/74EDR

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