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Virginia Woolf believes in the power of the imagination to liberate human beings from the shackles of their enslavement. Do you have a comment on this statement?

The first thing to break down is exactly what is meant by the term “enslavement”. I think that the angle being taken here is that modern life and society presents itself as this enslavement. Through the dehumanisation of individuals, as nameless, faceless cogs in one large corporate machine, individuals may view themselves as slaves in …


How does your response to Sassoon’s “On Passing the New Menin Gate” make you reassess your reaction to war memorials in your own country?

Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “On Passing the New Menin Gate” raises a crucial perspective on the deadly reality of war. He highlights how war memorials romanticise the idea of war and do little to memorialise the individuals who fought and died. On my first reading, I was taken back by this poem, it stood out to …