What are we on about?

Hello everyone!

I’ve decided to create this blog as a small step towards rectifying the general opinion and impression that Literature is an intensely difficult subject which can neither be understood nor enjoyed. When I was at school, Literature was the only subject deemed impossible to acquire a passing grade in and hated with a burning passion. This fact saddens me a lot for I feel that the written word is the best way to express one’s self and much can be gleaned about a person from how they write.

Honestly, there’s nothing complicated about it because it is all about opinion. If you like something, express your appreciation, if you don’t then voice your dislike. That’s as simple as it gets. No limitations, no exceptions; actually it’s the only thing which one CANNOT get wrong, as if your answer differs from the rest, then it is just a difference in opinions with the general public that you have. No one can fault you on having a diverse approach, only catch is that you have to explain that approach properly and make a solid case in your favor, which the examiner cannot disagree with even if they choose not to agree with it.

That is what most of my posts will be about: how to go about expressing then explaining your opinion. Feel free to drop a comment at any time, or ask up if you have any particular piece of work that you need analyzed or reviewed. With life being as it is, I can not promise that it would go up in time, but I would definitely try to accommodate your requests as best as I can.

I appreciate any feedback, especially if you want to share your own take on a particular piece of work. Also, for people who don’t know who’s behind the blog, I’m a 20 something cognitive neuroscience student based in the UK. Calling me ‘sir’ is most definitely not a stipulation.

Enjoy your visit and if Exams are around the corner, get up and have some tea before continuing.

Hareem ur Rehman.


45 responses to “What are we on about?

  1. Tammy

    February 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Hey. Uhm.. I found your analysis really helpful.
    Which country are you from?

  2. shahid

    March 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm


    Firstly thank you for your great effort in uploading these analyses , they have been very helpful in preparing for my Eng. Lit. IGCSE Exam. I was just wondering if you have or know of any resources for the Drama and Prose section, specifically A View from the Bridge or Of Mice and Men, or any resources relating to the English Language A Edexcel IGCSE, especially the section B texts.

    Again thank you so much and i hope I don’t come round as being too demanding 😛


  3. Elixir of memories

    April 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I really like your writing style..Its so easily understandable yet it so beautifully conveys your thoughts 🙂 I studied AS level literature and unfortunately for me, I didn’t stumble upon ur blog at that time, would’ve been a great help if I had 🙂 Keep writing and I pray that Allah will make you successful 🙂


    • har33m

      April 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Hi! Thank you for the compliment! 🙂
      It’s great to see other literature enthusiasts. And do pray for me, I’m in desperate need of all the prayers I can get.

      • Elixir of memories

        April 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

        🙂 Anytime 🙂 R u doing A levels or Uni?

      • Faisal Alam

        October 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

        Your analyses are really good and I really hope you will be able to achieve your dreams. I am doing AS now in English Literature, and I want to be a writer too. But tell me, wouldn’t you like to start something original rather than commentary. Commentary and criticism improves writing style, but i think your style is developed enough for you to try something. If you wanna be a writer, you should start right now. Because nowadays, writers who start writing after completing their education do not really live to see their fame. So, I am just suggesting as a fellow dreamer that you start immediately. I believe you can do it. And i noticed your insights into poetry are particularly good. So, you can do something on that field, if you wish. I am sorry, if I sounded a bit Big-broish!! 🙂 I am from Bangladesh by the way.

      • har33m

        October 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        Hi! 🙂
        First of all thank you for the compliment. Being praised for the work that one loves is the best kind of reward and it means a lot to me.
        I’ve thought about what you are saying. Thing is I do write, but only fan fiction and that too I don’t advertise at all as I don’t think its that good. Writing poetry I have tried my hand at but again I am not really very confident about any of my work: I feel I have lots to learn and very far to go.
        You’re doing AS from which board? And what are the books that you have chosen? It’s great to know that there is at least one more person out there who’s studying the same subject. 😛

      • simra97

        October 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        hello hareem,im simra.I went through some of your analysis and your writings, you honestly have an excellent writing potential and my prayers are with you. i hope you succeed and ace whatever you’ve planned ahead. i would request you to provide me with your email id for further contact, i would definitely need an expert help for my edexcel exam this year. hope you reply. thankyou.

  4. Helix95

    May 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Just curious but are you Hareem Salman? From Beacon Light Academy? Feel free to say no if you’re someone else or if you’re a secret spy trying to keep your identity safe. I ask because I am a literature student too and she was my senior.. Just curious…

    • har33m

      May 24, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Hey, no not really… I’m Hareem Rehman, born and lived in the UAE all my life. So where is Beacon Light Academy anyway? Just curious… 😛

      • Ali Reza

        June 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        which school in uae?
        nice work btw!! 🙂

  5. Helix95

    May 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Ok… My mistake… It’s in Karachi, Pakistan… Well atleast, I was half right… 😀

  6. Nroshini

    May 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hii !
    I love ur anylasis’s they really help me…
    I hope someday you can accomplish ur dreams !
    Can you please please do peom at 39 by alice walker
    Also Remember by Christina Rossetti !
    I actually have my final term exams going on and i find ur anylasis really very helpful

  7. ashley

    June 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    hey hareem where have u done ur olevel from?i mean which school?

    • har33m

      June 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

      School: Ibn Seena English High School, Sharjah, UAE. Why do you ask?
      Also I’ll try to do it, though it might take a couple of days. My own exams are going on and my schedule has gotten a little hectic.

  8. ashley

    June 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    hey cool! i study in same school! 🙂

  9. Iris

    June 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Woah, you’re from U.A.E?
    Awesome. =D
    I’m in Dubai.
    Man, it sure is my good luck that I found this blog of yours, just in time for my English Exams!
    It has helped me a LOT.
    And I’d like to thank you for that!
    And All the Best for your Exams!
    You’ll be in my prayers. ^_^

  10. Mihika Choudhary

    November 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    hi can u pls analyse A Game of polo with a headless goat by emma levine. and thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooo much for your analysis. i am doing great in english because of these analysis 🙂

  11. Supun

    December 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Ur are amazing and u always will be. I’m a student in Sri Lankan school muscat doing ordinary level. At first I hated English. But after coming across ur blog everything changed, I’m doing well but i feel I’m stuck in the explorers daughter by Kari Herbert. There is no hurry when ther is time please do help me in this.

  12. anonymous

    December 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I loved it.. Thank you so much…

  13. Ann

    January 16, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Hey!!! des analysis rquite helpful… thnx 4 dem 🙂
    bt can u rite d analysis of all d poems in section c anthology for d english igcse, i noe its alot 2 ask bt its coz all d other analysis i found was either too short or too complcated so plsss can u rite dat…

    ur analysis r fab btw…

  14. megan

    January 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    i absolutely loved your analysis ….. I am doing my ‘O’ levels and have a passion for literature :)…though it is a pleasant agony at times ;)…i just wanted to thank you for the amazing stuff u put up . And all the best for your exams … I am sure you’ll do great !

  15. Daraab

    March 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Um……..are you Ibad’s sister by any chance???????

  16. Rija-e-Zahra

    March 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    hareem ur work is ma sha Allah amazing 😀 i have taken all my notes frm here. its amazing what u do, a talent u have (y)
    keep it up, all my support is for u 😀 (y)

  17. Rija-e-Zahra

    March 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    ur poetry analysis are (y)

  18. Imara

    March 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Hey I find ur analysis of poems really helpful!!! can u pls pls pls do an analysis on “Paying calls” by Thomas Hardy??

  19. momina

    May 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    just wanna say you are an amazing writer and your analysis helped my friends and me alot and I hope your dreams come true your writing style is spectacular .
    where are you from?

  20. manish joshi

    September 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    am doing graduation from india,very impressed with ur explanations,if u hv time please explain ravindra nath tagore poem from gitanjali,song no.11 &63,am really impressed with prodigy like u.

  21. WritingIsMyPassion

    December 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Hey, I just wanted to say that your blog has been ever so helpful with my IGCSE English Lit revision, and your detailed essay’s and explanations are wonderful! Not only have I managed to cut down precious time surfing for all the analysis I need, but I have also found the ‘how to tackles poetry questions’ extremely helpful!! 🙂 not to mention the snow falling creates a really peaceful effect so that’s a bonus! 😀

    So ThankYou So Much and wish you All the best with your future studies Insha’Allah!

    I hope you keep updating you blog, because you’ve really helped me so much!
    You have a real talent, don’t let your gift go to waste 🙂

  22. haifa

    January 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    please i need help in explaining john keats ‘poem

  23. 10dm

    March 26, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    hi, your analyses of the poems from the anthology are amazing :), I would really appreciate it if you could analyse the poem “once upon a time” by Gabriel Okara since it isn’t well known but studying it is compulsory as part of edexcel igcse literature. Best of luck in the future; I wish you the best of luck in the future with your deep odyssey in literature 😀

    • har33m

      June 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you for commenting and I’m glad this helped. I most certainly intend to get on the other poems from the syllabus. I know they are compulsory, the only excuse I have for neglecting them and this blog is that I was trying my hand at original fiction and that had been taking a lot of my time and all my creativity. I intend to get back on track soon though, so check back in a month and you’ll find the completed analysis online.

  24. modemjunkie

    June 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Third try. Congratulations on this site, from one English Major to another..l although I graduated about 50 years ago, it has stood me well both as a teacher and a lawyer.

    Your site is the first I have seen that uses the same theme as Trudel’s Truth- a blog from the past containing the letters my mother wrote as a refugee from Germany in 1934 and following. That fits with the poems by Auden and Owen I was seeking when I came across your site.

    You can visit my blog at

  25. Dillywillyjenkins

    October 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I find your story extremely touching, I read it out with some of my colleagues and we had a emotional journey through your life. You seem magical, enchanted, the witch of writing, abracadabra homes.

  26. Omair

    March 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Hello. I am a grade 9 student and we have 7 poems to tackle for exams in this term. I am extremely thankful to you for this ‘life-saving’ blog! I have found 4 of the seven poems here (May God bless you for it!) however I need the analysis of 3 more (I know its too much to ask of you ( I get thoroughly confused with literature as its the first time I am facing it!!) but I request you to post the analysis of
    1. Once upon a time
    2. Half past two
    3. If

  27. Bemboy

    June 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Your analysis gives me so much ideas to counter in my works in class, even for the exams. (hopw i got my grammar right). Its surprising yet interesting to know such a young blood endeavored in these hobbies. You have my support man. ^~^ I sooooo look forward to reading whatever stories or analysis by you. Once again, you have my gratitude. x)) Your work of art helps alot~

  28. Ata

    November 2, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Nice analysis which were a great help to me. please put the analysis of Half-past two and it would be life saving.

  29. Emma :)

    December 30, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Hi! This website is the best! Just wondering- what template did you use for your website? because I’ve been trying to create a wordpress website and have been finding it very hard 😦

    • H. Rehman

      May 19, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Hi! I’m glad you found the stuff helpful.
      As for the template, I really don’t remenber. It was forever ago and I can’t recall right now. However I’m sure there are tutorials on how to set up the website.

  30. Shah-Aly

    February 1, 2016 at 11:16 am

    MashaAllah Hareem You are doing a very blissful effort which would bring blessings and favours of Allah almighty. Being an English Teacher, I would reckon your work as an epitome of vision & critical analysis.
    May Allah bless you always. Ameen

    • H. Rehman

      May 19, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Those are high words of praise. Thank you very much. And thank you for remembering me in your prayers.

  31. Lionel

    March 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Hey there! I’m a grade 11 student in dubai also. What a coincidence!! Btw I need to ask you something urgently in private, could you please please PLEASE email at lionelsmithy (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you so much! 🙂

  32. mrs_deanwinchester

    May 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    you’re so good at this! and thank you so much you’ve helped me tremendously, i wish i could do more. Thank you!!!

    • H. Rehman

      May 19, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      I appreciate you taking out the time to leave word and I’m glad my work helped you with yours.
      Also LOVE the username. 😉


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