Anne Neville was born in June 1456 at Warwick Castle in Warwickshire. She had a short life that featured family dramas, civil war, two marriages and a wealth of personal loss. She witnessed and participated in several pivotal moments in history, yet she is often overlooked.
'West-Running Brook' takes the form of a dialogue between husband and wife, observing the movement of the brook as it flows west, contrarily. Frost uses metaphor in philosophy, exploring the relationships between individual reality and nature, consciousness and love, within time, truth and process.
George I from the House of Hanover earned the hatred his son George (II) at an early age. His drastic and hurtful actions towards his wife Sophia Dorothea of Celle shattered the family and created animosity. “Hanoverians, like pigs trample their young.” Anon. And their wives.
Sometimes history is ugly. This is the case with the formation of America. We've all read the heroic stories of brave immigrants and a little about the atrocities of slavery. This article examines the cost of European settlement.
The battle for Iwo Jima would leave both sides involved shaken by the shear scale of violence as they fought for this tiny volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. Of the 21,000 Japanese defending the island less than 200 would survive, it would become the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history.
The Imperial State Crown is the most frequently used British royal crown. It’s also the most often repaired item in the crown jewels. There have been several versions across the centuries and its eye catching jewels have mesmerising histories of their own.
White washing on a line billowing in the wind becomes a band of angels dancing. Wilbur's poem takes the reader from the mundane to the spiritual, the soul back down into the body, the free verse form allowing the metaphor to take off, the language bringing moments of dark tension and washed beauty.
A 600-year-old manuscript has experts from several disciplines baffled as to its meaning.
Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) is best remembered for her rivalry with her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England, her marriages and her execution at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire on the 8th February 1587. Did you know that Mary became queen at six days old?
Pastor Marcelo Carcach discusses how God's sovereignty and humanity's free will interact with each other and are balanced.
This article shares some incredible stories involving nuclear explosions, including a man who was nuked twice.
Two opposing views—the Oxfordian and the Stratfordian—continue the controversy surrounding the authorship of the Shakespeare canon. I side with the Oxfordians, and in this article, I elucidate the reasoning for my choice.
Eleanor of Aquitaine (c.1121-1204) was one of the most powerful and unusually well educated women in 12th century Europe. She was nobody’s fool and proved herself equal to and better than her husbands Kings Louis VII of France and Henry II of England.
U.A. Fanthorpe's 'Half-Past Two' focuses on a schoolboy's perception of time and routine after being detained by the teacher for doing something wrong. Using personification, poetic device and compound words, Fanthorpe stretches out the boy's experience of isolation into the realm of fairy tale.
This article will examine the reinterpretation of Eden through the lens of Cain and Abel. The study will add another layer to the dimension of the story. Every facet contains a look back and a look forward as well as an application.
Before he became the Uncle of Europe Edward VII was well known as a playboy prince of Wales. In 1870 he found himself embroiled in the sensational Mordaunt divorce case. It was the first time that a Prince of Wales had appeared in a public court.
Tiadores de la Muerte was an exceptional elite troop of Filipino sharpshooters. Learn their history and notable battles.
Many royals are popular. Most are remembered fondly. There are always exceptions to the rule. George IV was Britain's despised king. A man of gigantic appetites, he offered few appreciable characteristics or deeds for his family and people to remember him for.
Sarojini Naidu's 'In the Bazaars of Hyderabad' is a lyrical question and answer poem using iambic beat and full rhyme to develop an unusual, exotic atmosphere. This marketplace comes alive as the speaker meets different people, from merchants to flower-girls, all busy selling, creating and weaving.
Toni Morrison’s Beloved lays bare the horrors of slavery by delving into the psychologies of multiple (ex-)slaves. Set in 1876, a decade after slavery was abolished, it explores the devastating effects that slavery has on motherhood, which will be explored and analyzed in this essay.
Freddie Oversteegen was just 14-years-old when she and her older sister, Truus, joined the Dutch Resistance in an effort to take down the German Nazis. The sisters and fellow fighter and friend Hannie Schaft ambushed and killed Nazis and Dutch collaborators, and would go on to become unsung heroes.
Writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr explores creativity, self-expression and how "good art" is defined by artists, art lovers and the mega-wealthy business of art investing.
What is antithesis? How effective is it in literature? How can you identify it? Learn the usage, characteristics, and importance of antithesis.
Edgar Lee Masters’ American classic, "Spoon River Anthology," brought the poet into the literary world, and no other work from his extensive writings has garnered more attention, including his sequel to the original, "The New Spoon River."
“How Green Was My Valley” is an evocative tale of life in a Welsh mining village. Slag from the coal mine and problems in the community create a compelling story.
This article offers an analysis of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, the character Shylock, and the play's supposed anti-semitism.
Spenser's 'Amoretti 75' is a must in any literature-based course. It has continuities and departures from the sonnet tradition, which gives it a voice and substance of its own. It is a love poem, untainted by courtly comparisons or power politics.
Joyce Kilmer's "Trees" is a short, rhyming, romantic and religious poem and has to be one of the most popular, being well known in the English-speaking world since it was published in 1913. Iambic pentameter, personification, full rhyme and a certain child-like charm bordering on the sentimental.
Tea ceremonies are popular throughout Asia. Every culture puts a different spin on tea practices. Most Westerners are familiar with the Japanese style of tea ceremonies. Gardens are a major feature of the ceremony; they help prepare people for what will take place in the tea house.
This paper explores Toni Morrison’s 1997 novel Paradise and Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel The English Patient in terms of how communities are created and maintained.
'Wintering' is one of five poems in the Bee Sequence Sylvia Plath wrote shortly before her death. Vivid imagery and unique descriptive language combine as winter sets in and the bees slow down. Plath further explores identity and power, the will to survive, as the spirit wanes and spring inspires.
As terrifying as it is to find a mass grave in your basement or to play soccer on cremated remains, these latest tombs are historical gems.
Throughout time, forests have always spoken to our sense of the mysterious. Their use in legends, myths and fantasy literature attests to this. Some woods, however, have such a history within our story traditions that they have become almost mystery-embodied. Here are five such ancient forests.