Analysis, meaning, and relevance of Invictus poem by William Ernest Henley. What are the themes, stylistic devices and structural form of the poem?
There is nothing in Scripture that is without significance. The colors and fabric examined in this lesson will form a tapestry of meaning as it concerns the Gospel.
Did General George Gordon Meade, Union commander at Gettysburg, miss a golden opportunity to end the Civil War in 1863 by failing to cut off Robert E. Lee’s retreat?
Review and summary of Orlando Figes' book, "A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution."
A jack o'lantern is a carved and lighted Halloween pumpkin. It's also a name for the mysterious light that appears near the surface of a wetland.
Heaney's Bogland focuses on Irish identity, history and the metaphorical - the peat bog as depository and preserver of the past, including the Giant Irish Elk and butter. With layered tension and textured language, Heaney takes the reader in and down into the quiet, dangerous heart of his country.
I learned that language-less people in the deaf community have cognitive abilities despite their lack of language. This article is a review of my research.
The Mary Poppins books were written by Pamela Lyndon Travers. The magical nanny is very popular, but her character is very different in the books than in the "Marry Poppins" movie. "Saving Mr. Banks" offers a semifictionalized look at the life of the writer.
Bl. Solanus Casey was an American Capuchin priest. His seven-star virtues cause him to shine in the firmament.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial salutes Veterans who died during the war. The Wall has an interesting history surrounded by controversy. The Three Servicemen Statue and Womens Memorial are also in the park.
The Beast in the Jungle, by Henry James, is a poignant story about a man who is expecting a great event that never happens. He wastes his entire life, awaiting this, and misses out on life as a result.
Using a structured approach to compare and contrast two or more poems gives you a better chance of gaining top grades. This article will help you understand the meaning of comparison and show you how to shape an essay effectively.
The life of the early church cannot be understood without understanding its persecution, most notably at the hands of the Romans. But why did the Romans so desire to rid the world of Christianity?
Learn about 5 of the most significant battles of the American Civil War and how their outcomes changed the fate of a nation on the brink of ruin.
In 1914, military aviation was in its infancy. By the end of World War One, just four years later, Germany had giant bombers larger than those they would use in World War Two.
George Washington's Presidency was filled with Firsts! Here is a small history about George Washington from his childhood until his inaugural address.
In the Civil War Robert E. Lee fought fiercely to protect slavery, while Ulysses S. Grant fought just as hard to destroy it. But their personal attitudes toward it were the opposite of what you might expect.
St. Philip Neri revived Rome during the Renaissance, earning him the title of “Apostle of Rome,” but his most endearing quality is his joy.
Thousands of years ago, Doggerland connected Britain to Europe where the North Sea exists today. The area had a rich Mesolithic culture, which researchers are exploring.
Ever since I was a little girl I've had a fascination with fairies. There are so many stories about them in so many cultures and traditions, that I can't help but wonder whether there is some basis in truth for their existence.
Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman was a low man. He led a sorrowful life, accomplished little, but had big dreams. Here is an analysis of the man behind the story.
Gutenberg's printing press was a great historical event. Before it, all books had to be laboriously hand copied. His invention sparked a cultural revolution that would change the world forever.
U.S. destroyer Johnston will go down in the annals of history for taking on destroyers, cruisers and battleships during WW2.
The values of the Cult of Domesticity focused on the happiness of the family unit and the wholeness of the home. Popular in the 1800s to early 1900s, 1950s, and now 2010s as the New Domesticity.
Every person has a guardian angel. Only the rarest of souls have seen them. Padre Pio saw and spoke regularly with the guardian angels of his spiritual children.
Curious about life in the Colonial period? Learn about how daily life for colonial Americans and some surprising facts about women in Colonial trades.
Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois both fought in different ways for African American equal rights. But Du Bois accused Washington of counseling blacks to accept second class status.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact is apparent over 50 years after his untimely death. Here are some facts about the great man.
John Charles Fremont was a great explorer but a poor Civil War general. His attempts to evade being replaced required Lincoln to take extraordinary measures to fire him.
Winston Churchill, at the age of 36, wrote a three-page memorandum in 1911 accurately describing the German invasion that would occur three years later when World War 1 erupted.
Was the recklessness showed by Custer at the Little Bighorn fueled by a humiliating rebuke from President Grant?
A German-Jewish immigrant to New York built a criminal empire based on the buying and selling of stolen goods.
Great and easy topics for your cause-effect paper. This article includes topic questions, videos, and links to help you find out how and what to write.
Author of "The Souls of Black Folk," and a founder of the NAACP, W.E.B. Du Bois was a scholar, writer and activist who had a profound and continuing impact on American society.
Margaret Aylward was an Irish nun who spent 6 months in Prison in Ireland. History of Baby Farms where thousands of babies died. She was the founder and Mother Superior of the Irish Sisters of the Holy Faith
The story of Frances Wills, Harriet Pickens, and Mildred McAfee–Three pioneering female officers who helped integrate the US Navy.
The most efficient branch of the U.S. Army in World War II was the artillery. 20 years of innovations between the wars helped make it the best in the world.
"Star of the Sea" has long been a popular interpretation of the name Mary. How did this understanding develop and what is the spiritual significance?
God's glory is heavy, as expressed biologically through the human liver and gold. Discover how the glory of God, the liver and gold are related in this article.
Overcoming fierce racial discrimination, Hugh Mulzac became the first African American to command a Liberty Ship in World War II.
This is part five of a series about the wilderness tabernacle and the spiritual application that accompanies it. This lesson in particular discusses the metals
Lost in the woods of the Ardennes, a lone American artillery lieutenant sets out to fight his own war against the Germans.
A line-by-line analysis of the elements used by Robert Frost within his poem "After Apple Picking" that give it depth and meaning.
Mary Elizabeth Bowser operated as a Union spy in the household of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Never caught, she was one of the most productive Union operatives of the Civil War.
The Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle fought by the U.S. in World War II. It was also was the baptism of fire for an entire American Infantry Division.
An analysis of Dylan Thomas's poem "Fern Hill." Themes include creation, life, and the passage of time.
At the start of World War Two, 209 Polish defenders in an ammunition depot held off thousands of Germans, a battleship and dive-bombers. Even when hope of relief evaporated, they fought on.
6 Easy Rules with examples for punctuating quotation in dialogue and conversation. Includes examples, Words for Said chart and writing conversation tips.
The kiss can be an obligatory greeting, a sign of respect, a personal expression of caring concern, and so much more.
A red herring and a fine or pretty kettle of fish are idioms with an interesting history. Both the literal meanings of the terms and the unexpected ones are fun to explore.
Unlike his wimpy appearance in art, the real St. Aloysius Gonzaga had formidable will power and manly virtue.
An infamous serial killer lived just down the street from little Ann Marie Burr, who vanished in 1961. Was this little girl Ted Bundy's first victim?
Imprisoned for helping the Jews and aiding the resistance in Nazi-occupied Holland, Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom survived the Holocaust to found a worldwide ministry based on love and forgiveness.
Browning's Meeting At Night is a short, compact mysterious love poem, a sensual mini-drama full of rhyme and rhythm reflecting the waves of the sea and the relationship between lovers. Contrasts are strong, imagery highly visual, the movement within sensual - autobiographical or dream fiction?
Before Jackie Robinson wore #42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he was a US Army officer court-martialed after refusing to go to the back of the bus.
Imagine a dog that never ate, drank, or aged, and who would mysteriously appear at critical moments of danger. Was St. John Bosco’s dog Grigio an angel clothed in a furry disguise?
The Puritans fled England to escape religious persecution, but were the Puritan colonies in the Americas bastions of religious tolerance and freedom of thought?
Everyone's heard of the Wild West, but what was it that made it so wild? Lawlessness? Crazy characters? New inventions? The lure of gold? Wars between natives and settlers? Read on to find out.
D. H. Lawrence's "Afternoon in School: The Last Lesson" features a teacher, who dramatizes the uninspired performance of his lackluster students. The teacher has become weary from vain attempts to instruct them as they refuse to learn.
This is a study on the first three letters of the Hebrew Aleph-bet in their ancient pictograph forms. Each representative image will reveal a facet of God's goodness and character.
In 1968 Peanuts, the most popular comic strip in history, was still all white. But a concerned schoolteacher convinced Charles Schulz to bring a black kid into the cast.
In the first of a series of articles on Medal of Honor winners from the artillery branch, we look at three heroes from World War II.
A physician and a poet, William Carlos Williams, modernist, lived and worked in Rutherford, New Jersey most of his life. His poems deal with the everyday things in life, based on the local, becoming universal. Wheelbarrows, plums, people traits, starlings and flowers - No ideas but in things.
A look at two of fiction's greatest wizards. Gandalf and Saruman were central characters to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga.
The Roman Baths complex in the city of Bath, England, is a major tourist attraction. It offers a fascinating look at the lives of Ancient Romans in Britain.
Emily Dickinson's keen intellect serves her well as she allows her speaker to demonstrate a profound truth that is still today widely and tragically misconstrued.
During the Battle of the Bulge, one segregated unit nearly lost all its men and it took years to be recognized. By helping to defend both St. Vith and Bastogne, it deserves its place in history.
40 Facts about Tamerlane - Timur the Lame conquered half the world despite his debilitating injuries. However, he is largely forgotten in popular history.
The Borrowers is a children's book about tiny people living in secret in a house. They survive by collecting items owned by the big people in the house. Eventually their hiding place is discovered.
Mental disorders affect many people, including those whom we'd least expect. This article considers four saints who struggled with mental illness.
William Miller's prophesy of the second coming came and went and led to the Great Disappointment. But, the let down didn't stop the Millerites. Here's a look at the man and the event that defined him.
To drive the Germans out of the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands, the Canadian Army was prepared to level it. French-Canadian Private Leo Major had other plans.
The artillery personnel in World War II were some of the most skilled soldiers in the US Army and their Battalions were built to fight.
"The Secret Garden" is a story about a seemingly magical garden that has healing powers. The garden has been hidden for ten years when a young girl discovers it.
Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, never once acknowledged Jefferson Davis as the president of the Confederate States. Here’s why.
St. John of the Cross is the patron of Spanish poets. His most illuminative poetry emerged from the darkness of imprisonment.
This article looks at the short story "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor. It has a summary and looks at theme and irony among other things.
In the Civil War Robert E. Lee was a defender of slavery, while Ulysses S. Grant did all he could to destroy it. But it was Lee who thought slavery was morally wrong, while Grant seemed not to care one way or the other.
Is death the end of consciousness? Why are there so many documented cases of people having out-of-body experiences and being conscious of their surroundings while near death? Let's examine this question.
An examination of religion in modern Japan, including sociological analysis of ideological conflicts, a short history of Japanese religion and modernization, and speculation on future societal changes
Henry "Box" Brown escaped from slavery in Richmond, Virginia by hiding himself inside an express package and sending the box as freight to Philadelphia
To abolition activist Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln's commitment to ending slavery seemed weak and vacillating. But after the two men met, Douglass grew to appreciate Lincoln's true merit.
The sixpence and the shilling are pre-decimal coins from the United Kingdom. They have a long history and are associated with some interesting traditions.
One of Emily Dickinson's many poems about death that takes the reader into the mind of someone dying or already dead yet able to communicate, somehow. Unusual syntax, short breathless phrasing, dashes galore and that suspension of reality Dickinson is so good at evoking. Ambiguous, rhyming, lyrical.
Confederate civilians trapped in Vicksburg during General Ulysses Grant’s 1863 Vicksburg campaign dug caves to avoid the shelling, and were reduced to eating dogs, cats, and rats.
An in-depth analysis of William Shakespeare's King Lear that scrutinizes how Shakespeare used what we know to be as a fool to show wisdom and how even kings can be quite foolish.
In 1897 Anita Hemmings became the first black graduate of Vassar. But because she was passing for white, when her race was discovered she almost wasn’t allowed to graduate.
Sweet Fanny Adams is used by the British to describe anything worthless. It is also the name of a pretty young girl murdered in Victorian England. This is how Fanny's name became slang for worthless.
This article takes a look at the meaning of bamboo in east Asian art, some of the great Chinese bamboo painters, and a little about Chinese, Japanese, and Korean bamboo paintings.
The war between Mexico and the United States, fought from 1846 to 1848, cost Mexico nearly half their territory and opened western North America to U.S. expansion. This was a war of conquest to fulfill the promise of “Manifest Destiny.”