Author Archives: Isabel Barratt

Shakespeare’s sonnets and the complexities of being in love

Originating in 13th century Italy, the sonnet is a 14-line poem typically consisting of 10 beats per line – known as being written in Iambic pentameter. The rhythm of iambic pentameter resembles the sound of a heartbeat, one soft beat followed by one strong beat, that is then repeated five times to create the 10 […]

The disturbing reality behind the ‘happily ever after’

Tales of beautiful Princesses, of magic and talking animals, of good triumphing over evil – fairy tale stories recounting the wholesome tales of true love and happy endings have been passed down through generations. Stories like Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty depict the temporary struggles of the protagonists before all their […]

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