• THE LITERARY GENRES
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

    THE LITERARY GENRES

    Genre (a French word) means type or kind, and literary genres refer to aspects, kinds or types of literature. A general approach to literature recognises three broad genres: Poetry, Drama, and Prose -fiction (or Novel).   POETRY Poetry refers to the many forms in which man gives a rhythmic expression to his most ‘imaginative and intense perceptions of his world, himself, and the interrelationship of the two. William Wordsworth defines it as the imaginative expression of strong feeling, usually rhythmical …. the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquillity. It is, therefore, a composition that evokes emotion and imagination by the use of vivid, intense language, usually arranged in…

  • ERRORS IN SENTENCE STRUCTURE
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

    ERRORS IN SENTENCE STRUCTURE

    The following errors are common in sentence structures. They should be avoided or corrected promptly wherever they intrude in our writing. (1) Sentence Fragment (or Period fault) A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence, a phrase or a subordinate clause of any kind. It may be a dependent clause, a verbal phrase, a terminal parenthetical element, or any other sentence element(s) that is carelessly written or left to stand as a sentence. (e.g. When he slept. Having seen him. That being the case. Especially to those he loves. Such as rice, maize, and millet.) Fragmentary constructions can be corrected by working the fragment or “broken’ sentence into a complete sentence…

  • FAITH AND WORK
    CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

    FAITH AND WORK

    (James 1:22-27, 2:14-26)   ST. JAMES TEACHING ON FAITH AND WORK Faith means trust or belief. St. James, in his epistle, admonished Christians who genuinely believe in Jesus Christ to reflect their belief and faith in their lifestyle. This means that Christians in their daily life should practice the gospel of Jesus Christ and the word of God which is love, honesty, forgiveness, humility, faithfulness and charity. Any Christian who does not practice these virtues is not regarded as a faithful Christian. According to James, Christians must combine their faith with work. This means that any Christian who does not practice the moral principles of Christianity is not a good…

  • KING JOSIAH’S REFORMS
    CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

    KING JOSIAH’S REFORMS

    2 Kings 22; 23: 1-30 Josiah was the grand-son of King Manasseh of Judah, a king who was notorious for his introduction of many other religious beliefs and doctrines into the orthodox mode of worship. Manasseh was succeeded by Amon his son, who walked in the ways of his father by serving idols. After his death his eight-year-old son, Josiah was crowned king. Unlike the father, Josiah is rated one of the best kings of Judah as he served God, putting away his father’s and grand-father’s gods. When he was twenty six, he embarked on repair of the temple so as to put in a better focus, the true worship…

  • AHAB AND NABOTH’S VINEYARD
    CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

    AHAB AND NABOTH’S VINEYARD

    1 Kings 21:1-29 Just like Solomon, Ahab married a foreign wife from Sidon called Jezebel (a princess). His reign witnessed an upsurge of the encroachment of foreign religions, especially the worship of the Sidonian god called baal, brought in by Jezebel upon her marriage to King Ahab of Israel. Ahab approached Naboth asking him to sell his inheritance-a family land to him (Ahab) to use as a garden, on the flimsy reason that it was near his house. Naboth refused, explaining to Ahab that it was almost an abomination for him to sell his family inheritance. Ahab was displeased with this statement. He was so sad to the extent that…

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