Still I Rise is one of Maya Angelou's best poems. A defiant, hopeful and uplifting lyrical poem that stirs the heart, prepares the soul for struggle and gives food for thought.
The differences between British and American English are reflected primarily in the use of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. This hub relates experience with Brits and British English.
Emily Dickinson's classic short poem with full text and analysis. An extended metaphor, it brings the concept of hope that much closer to human understanding.
The apple harvest is complete, the apple picker exhausted. Will he sleep a natural sleep or remain troubled as he dreams? Frost's metaphorical, strange poem has a complex rhyme scheme, a core mystery.
What is Gothic literature? Gothic is a genre with a rich history that still exists today through the works of authors like Stephen King. Learn more about its elements and characteristics.
Get help writing your Reading Response essay. See this sample paper and tips for how to write your essay.
Explanations of the different Catholic symbols. These symbols act as badges of faith, teaching tools, and aids on the journey towards understanding complex philosophies.
The poem, a sonnet, is a tribute to a small falcon, the kestrel, a master of flight. Hopkins uses sprung rhythm and full rhyme to create a work of beauty and religious awe for the reader.
Seamus Heaney wrote this poem whilst watching his father digging in the garden. It is his most popular poem, using the metaphors of pen and spade to explore time and family commitments.
Composed upon Westminster Bridge is Wordsworth's Petrarchan sonnet to the pre-industrial city of smokeless London, seen at dawn. Romantic and painterly, Wordsworth captures the mood and his feelings.
The Eastern Front in World War 1 was every bit as horrendous as the Western Front and the war in the west cannot be fully understood without appreciating the effect the war in the east had on it.
W.H. Auden's The Unknown Citizen is an ironic take on the Unknown Soldier, whose monument represents all those anonymous victims of war. It praises and mocks a model citizen. Who is free and happy?
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.
Full analysis of Sylvia Plath's 'hospital poem' written shortly after a miscarriage. She's stuck in bed in a white room and next to her are the flowers she did not want, the vivid 'too red' tulips.
Soliloquy, aside, monologue, and dialogue are four very different dramatic devices.Dialogue and monologue are most often used to advance the action of a play. Soliloquy and aside are devices often used to reveal insights about individual characters, particularly in Shakespeare plays.
Hamlet's soliloquy in Act four scene four, of William Shakespeare's epic masterpiece, is one of the most thrilling speeches of the entire work. This article breaks the entire speech down by sentece, anylising each point individually, and explaining the deep character arcs which happen of ther course of this single speech.
John Keats, romantic poet, wrote this ballad in 1819. It is mysterious, with hints of personal anxieties and sexual desperation hidden within the experience of a man, now alone, having loved a beauty.
One very obvious area of ancient greek influence is architecture: Just look at the downtown of nearly any major city in the U.S., or many of the great cities of Europe. Read on to learn about the three Orders of ancient Greek architecture, the names of commonly used architectural elements, and various styles of architecture inspired by Ancient Greece.
Maya Angelou read this poem at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993. Inspired by traditional song, it takes a rock, river and tree, gives voice to them and sends a message of hope to all humankind.
The nine Muses in Greek mythology have been sources of inspiration for the arts, philosophy, and science since antiquity. This article addresses their origins and attributes.
Olympic had quite a different fate than that of her younger sister. The only one of the class to have a long successful career, she never sank.
One of the most common word usage mistakes in the English language is confusing the words "worse" and "worst." Here's a clear explanation of the difference between these two words, with lots of examples.
Emily Dickinson's poem, "The Brain - is wider than the Sky," compares and contrasts the human brain with the sky, the sea, and God.
In this essay, I analyze William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, and analyze how religious connotations hinder Hamlet's action and ability to avenge his father's death.
Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirror" is a reflection on what it means to be a woman uncertain of the future, haunted by the past. When we look into the mirror, is what we see what we get?
What did people eat in the 1920s? Learn a little bit of history with food in the 1920s and also see an authentic 1920s menu of food with recipes!
The worst most otrocious acts were done within concentration camps. Here you can learn what the German Holocaust was and what happened at the concentration camps.
Ope is a phrase that supposedly exists only in the Midwest. Here, we examine usages of this phrase, the Midwest Accent, and slang from the Midwest.
George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham, was a favorite of King Charles I of England. His rapid rise, and fall to unpopularity inspired some to do him harm. This is the story of the most notorious murder in Portsmouth, England.
Carl Sandburg, inspired by a book of Japanese haiku, wrote this little poem whilst passing near Chicago harbor. Fog is one of his best-known short poems. It captures the silent mystery of the cat.
Such keen observation, such vivid imagery together with simile and figurative language make this apparently simple poem so much more than the catching of a big fish. Elizabeth Bishop's poem, with short terse lines and evocative description, is a neat summing up of the human versus nature issue.
Humans are fascinated with the preservation of their dead. From Rosalia Lombardo to John Torrington and the Wet Mummies of China, here are the world's best preserved examples.
Founded in 1832, Skullyville was one of Oklahoma’s oldest, most important towns. Throughout its brief but turbulent existence, Skullyville served as the capitol of the Choctaw Nation, was a key stop on the renowned Butterfield Stage Route, was ravaged by the bloody Civil War, and was known as a cultural and educational center.
Why Filipinos blessed to the elderly is a unique Filipino gesture called mano and is just one of many. Filipinos also used titles and honorifics in addressing relatives and strangers to convey respect. Lolo and lola, mang and aleng are just few examples of Filipino titles used.
An in-depth analysis of "Daddy," a dark and powerful poem by Sylvia Plath, written a year or so before her tragic death. Plath's 16-stanza song of a tortured daughter is full of symbolism and allusion.
An explanation of why people use code switching, an introduction to types of code switching with examples, and suggestions for teachers teaching a foreign or second language.
Malcolm X was a controversial African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To many, he was a courageous advocate for black rights who spoke the truth. To others, he was a racist who used his charisma to promote violence. Here are 18 facts about the man.
eBooks offer many benefits over traditional print books. Here are 10 reasons why eBooks can be better than print.
A thorough overview of common styles, colors, and motifs found on Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs. Includes a color guide as well as all the different variants of popular symbols.
Sidney Sheldon is the 7th best selling author of all time. He has written over 200 scripts for TV series, but it is his 18 novels for which he is best known. I'd like to introduce you to five of my favourite Sidney Sheldon novels.
In this article, I will talk about some of the most famous black outlaws, lawmen, and cowboys of the old west.
The Venn diagram has had a long history in the classroom. And, to this day, it's one of the most effective tools for education. So how did it start and why is it so popular? Let's find out.
45 seemingly similar struggles the ENFP faces, why we love the ENFP, and one of the best personalities of all
A curious poem full of metaphors and strong imagery, written for comic and disturbing effect when Sylvia Plath mistakenly thought she was pregnant. Nine lines, one for each month of pregnancy.
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest...yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Want to learn what it would be like to be a pirate? Learn what pirates ate, what they did for fun, and how they lived in the past.
A summary of the major ideas of Plato and how these would influence the development of philosophy is western society.
Sylvia Plath shows the reader the dilemma that a woman faces in her life through the story of Esther Greenwood.
A modern day interpretation of the Good Samaritan Parable. A pastor, a church lady and a biker. One lived out the principles of Jesus best. Which one was it?
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.
The theme of madness defines Shakespeare's "Hamlet." While many characters display symptoms of madness, madness or mental illness are most readily apparent in Hamlet and Ophelia.
Which phrase is correct in proper English grammar–"in person" or "in-person"? Is it an adjective or an adverb? The answer depends on context.
Anastasia Romanov was believed to have escaped the brutal killing of her family. Many years later, there was a woman who claimed to have been the true Anastasia. She went by the name Anna Anderson.
A Vietnam veteran, Yusef Komunyakaa faces his past whilst visiting the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. With strong images and figurative language this poem explores reality versus memory.
Greed, material wealth, obsession with consumer goods - Humanity versus Nature - Wordsworth's sonnet still resonates today. A summary and close analysis of this classic English poem.
Didn't have time to read the story? Read this comprehensive plot summary instead. Contains the analysis of Rushdie's most important themes and features.
Emily Dickinson sent her poem, "Sic transit gloria mundi," as a Valentine message to William Howland, who served as a law clerk in her father's office.
The Great Depression was a severe economic downturn that occurred in the 1930s. It was triggered by a stock market crash in the United States, but went on to affect the whole world.
Hermes was the Greek God, a trickster, messenger between realms, and a soul guide. He was the son of Zeus, brother of Apollo, and lover of Aphrodite. The Hermes archetype is a successful person.
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor is saturated with symbolism and foreshadowing literary techniques. Learn more about unlocking the hidden meanings in her most successful short story about the detiorating state of faith in the South during the 1950s.
A discussion of the "Do unto others" Bible verse. Matthew 7:12: "In everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." The Golden Rule Bible verse. Love your neighbor as yourself bible verse.
I spent 14 years teaching watercolor art therapy classes to senior citizens. Here are about 7 of the things I learned that may help others start art therapy classes.
There is a decision to be made. Which road to travel down, which path to take in life? Frost's thoughtful poem on free will and the choices it allows.
Conflict between science and religion is an inevitable product of their diametric approaches to discovering truth. Five examples illustrate this point.
Politics and society in Europe experienced considerable changes in values in ideas, ushering in a wave of reforms. Among these were changes to the culture of European armies, and in particular to the officer class. This article focuses on reforms to the British army purchase system and its abolition
Types of Filipino verbs in their different tenses categorized as MAG verbs, UM verbs, I verbs and MA verbs with explanations on how to conjugate these types of Filipino/Tagalog verbs.
6 Easy Rules with examples for punctuating quotation in dialogue and conversation. Includes examples, Words for Said chart and writing conversation tips.
Zeus was the most powerful God of Mount Olympus, and his myth is an interesting one! Much can be learned (and avoided) by a study of his archetype!
One of Frost's darker poems, about identity, full of the mystery of the night and the inner world of a speaker who is walking all alone, beyond the city lights.
Buried beneath the stream of consciousness sentence structure in Faulkner's Barn Burning is the story of a boy and the father he both loves and hates.
A sonnet written for her husband, poet Robert Browning, who she eloped with in 1846 to escape her reclusive London life under the strict control of her father. She must have really loved Robert.
How big was the Titanic? In its day it was one of the largest ships ever built. It wasn’t until almost 100 years later that the Titanic was dwarfed by cruise ships.
There are numerous online and non-writing contests you can participate for a chance of winning diverse contests. If you would like to participate in an essay, poem, fiction, photography or designing; then read on. You won't miss a contest to your heart's desire.
Kate is an amazingly strong character displayed in Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew. Here you can see how Kate may actually be the tamest of the sisters.
Tales of outlaws have been immortalized by dime novels and legend. But not often does one stumble upon a story of a female bandit. Here you'll find the stories of 10 Western women who lived outside the law.
What is Morse Code? Is it still used today? Find out who is credited for inventing morse code and the importance of it.
In this article, I will go over some examples of direct and indirect speech. Both types of speech have their own set of specific rules that need to be followed carefully.
This article explores the impact of imperialism, revolution, and industrialization on 19th-century Europe. In what ways did they transform the continent? Were these changes uneven and sporadic?
Let America Be America Again is a plea for freedom and equality for all those who are oppressed. Langston Hughes was poor and on a train ride through Depression hit USA - far from the American Dream.
Taking an Ethics class? This article summarizes terms and types of ethical theories that may help you succeed in your course.
Let's have some fun learning Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, with over 20 hip and Filipino millineal slang words. Even outdated Filipino slang are in this list of Tagalog slang words.
In this analysis of Plato's Euthyphro, I analyze Socrates' conversation with Euthyphro and their discussion about the form and intrinsic quality of piety.
Carol Rumens' "The Emigree" is a thoughtful poem about displacement and being forced to leave the country that is home for foreign shores because of conflict. The first-person speaker looks back with fond memories of her country despite the reality of tyrants and war.
The speaker in Frost's poem is of two minds; whether to stay and watch the lovely woods fill with snow or keep his promises and move on. His confused horse shakes the harness bells. Move on? Or what?
In depth analysis of Mending Wall, a blank verse poem about territorial rights, barriers and how we communicate with each other. Frost's poem is full of intrigue, tension and neighborly goings-on.
One of England's most famous rulers, Henry VIII was a difficult and complex man, who's obsession with getting a male heir for his throne ultimately changed the course of history.
Visionary, disturbing, political. The Second Coming is a poem of powerful imagery and symbolism. Spiritual forces are at work in the world and a 'rough beast' is slouching towards Bethlehem. Humankind is at risk from mere anarchy.
Springtime makes us all act a bit silly. Reciting rhymes and poems seems to come naturally. Here are some old favorites. Many are well known, but I hope you discover some that are new to you.
Here's a list of great women achievers from history. All of these women are from different fields and did extraordinary things in their life and times.
A mother deer is knocked over and killed on the road but when another driver stops to investigate he discovers this deer is pregnant, the fawn warm inside. What does he do? The poem will reveal all?
There are four different types of writing styles: expository, descriptive, persuasive and narrative. Learn the definitions of each and the key differences.
Robert Browning's dramatic monologue is all about power and the psychology of possession. The curiously disturbing Duke of Ferrara, who is telling lies, or truths, to an emissary of the next family he will marry into, comments on his last duchess, now a painting on the wall. A satire on the elite?
Of all the characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Fortinbras is perhaps the strangest. Oddly enough, though, Fortinbras is a stabilizing force in the action of the play, and he also functions as a framing device for the play itself.
We find the speaker in bed with his lover, having a go at the sun for rudely intruding through windows and curtains. Donne's aubade has all the classic elements - wit, wordplay and warmth.
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.
maggie and milly and molly and may is a short poem from e.e.cummings that is greater than the sum of its parts. Full of varied rhythm and rhyme, it tells the story of four girls who go down to the beach, each one relating to an object or creature they discover. Experimental and entertaining.
Three sonnets from Romeo and Juliet are in the Act I prologue, the lovers' first kiss in Act I, and the Act II prologue. Follow along with this article to study three sonnets in Romeo and Juliet. This article will also provide a complete review of rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter.
Seamus Heaney's Blackberry-Picking is all about childhood ideals versus adult realities and the passage of time. The first stanza outlines the joy of picking, that lust for the juicy fruit, whilst the second stanza contrasts the fate of the berries, their inevitable decay and loss of goodness.
The famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet analyzed and explained line by line.The balcony scene is critically important to the development of the plot of the play because it is during this scene that the lovers' secret marriage is decided. Within the scene are many of the play's most famous lines
Seamus Heaney's Storm On The Island is a monologue poem in blank verse. The speaker describes how life is shaped by the storm, how the architecture withstands such forces. With powerful language and imagery.Some think the poem a metaphor for the historical troubles on the island of Ireland.
Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman, was really a low man. He led a very sad life, accomplished little, but had big dreams. Here is an analysis of the man behind the story.
Stephen Hawking said, “There is no God. I am an atheist.” What is the science that informs his statement, and why are his critics wrong?
This article explores the connection between Disney's "The Lion King" and Shakespeare's "Hamlet"—both similarities and differences.
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the Original Text and the Summary of the first soliloquy of Hamlet, here, which falls in Hamlet act 1, Scene 2.
A short summary and analysis "Hamlet," and a list of all seven of Hamlet's soliloquies with original text and interpretation.
This article contains 50 idioms related to cats. We use idioms in everyday speech, but I had no idea that so many include a reference to cats. How many do you recognize?
World War II was a terrible event that will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters in human history. Here are some reasons why the US entered the war and background on what caused the war to break out in the first place.
The 1705 Virginia Slave Act turned indentured servants into slaves for life, removed legal protection against torture and murder of slaves, and required runaway slaves to be returned to their owners.
Red Riding Hood is one of the classic fairy tales. Everybody knows it. Less known is powerful symbolism behind the story. Let's explore it through short summary!
A short poem with rhythm and rhyme, Frost's talent for the simple yet profound stays with the reader long after the poem is read. Nature, the seasonal cycle of life and human existence in eight lines.
We start first with the prologue in its entirety and a quick summary of the facts. Then, we move on to a translation and explanation of each line individually. To make things easier, the prologue is repeated in full again at the end of the analysis.
Speak like a real pirate on International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Instead of schlepping some bad Jack Sparrow speak, dazzle your friends by using some of the authentic quotes provided here.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record...
Line by line analysis of this classic poem. If you love ice-cream, mystery and the way language works its magic, then read on to learn how a master poet creates the perfect art form.
Deep philosophical questions make us think about reality in a different way than we normally would. Here are some questions to get you thinking outside of your comfort zone.
There at least 25 large churches in America. Find out about them and discover how they got that way.
How to use "said" correctly in a story, what to use instead of it, and other ways to convey how a word or line of dialogue was said.
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and sparked European integration, ethnic wars, Russian economic collapse, the end of Apartheid and blood shed in Congo.
Owen fought on the frontline in WWI and wrote this poem from direct experience. This poem is a powerful, graphic message to all who think it is sweet and proper to die for one's country.
The themes of gender relations and traditional gender roles play an important part in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
In A. E. Housman's "When I was one-and-twenty," the speaker at age twenty-two reports the truth of sage advice he received at age twenty-one about falling in love.
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
Frost's blank verse poem explores the nature of reality and idealism using the symbolism of birch trees, a boy and an ice-storm. Acute observation, memory and imaginative thinking under tight control.
This article suggests a list of the 20 best paintings of modern art. Biographies for the artists are provided as well as photos of their paintings. The different styles of modern art are also explained: Expressionism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Pop Art, Dada, Futurism, post-Impressionism and Fauvism.
Cajuns, Mardi Gras, Voodoo, jazz, the French Quarter, Storyville, hurricanes, floods, the Mississippi River, the Big Easy. Explore the unusual history of New Orleans.
Today, it is common to compare the American and French Revolutions. But how much do they really have in common? In this essay, I argue that they have little to do with each other.
In this essay, I reflect on Bernard Williams' notion of utilitarianism, his thought experiments, and what philosophers Cahn and Markie have to say about Williams' ethics.
Subversive literature is a rather tricky subject, and virtually always controversial. In this article, I will inform you of what makes a work subversive, and why it shouldn't always be met with such rage.
Everybody knows the United States of America. But where do the names of all the states come from? The aim of this page is to chart the origins and meanings of the names of all 50 States of the Union.
Learning to write in iambic pentameter can be challenging for some. Here is one method to teach yourself how to write in iambic pentameter.
50 idioms and phrases that have their origins in all things nautical. Sea-faring has developed a unique language and terminology over the centuries and many of these snippets of language are now incorporated into everyday our vocabulary, often without us realising where they began.
Women's clothing is fascinating throughout all cultures, including Rome. There is a distinct style and look to them that is both fascinating and beautiful.
This is a research based examination seeking the correct form or use between the contested terms "buck naked" and "butt naked." Research from the OED, academic debate, and a general academic search. Reasonable arguments and even some humor peppered in.
Frost's Fire and Ice could have been inspired by Dante's Inferno, Canto 32, where in a fiery hell sinners are up to their necks in a lake of ice. Conversely, a chat with astronomer Harlow Shapley about the end of the world may have spurred Frost to write this compact rhyming classic. Desire or hate?
Choosing the ten most important events in history is one of the most difficult and controversial things to do. I’ve attempted to create a list of major events that shaped the world.
There are a number of deadly mythological creatures from different cultures around the world. Many of these monsters are the stuff of our worst nightmares. Let's have a look at 20 of the strangest and most dangerous mythological monsters.
A Shakespearean tragedy is a play penned by Shakespeare in the style of Shakespeare. Shakespearean tragedy is different from other styles of tragedy in its structure and features.
Humans suffer every day somewhere, somehow. But normal life goes on as if tragedy and pain did not exist? Through a study of the paintings of the Old Masters, this poem explores the consequences.
Sonnet 130 is an anomaly. Shakespeare breaks with convention and creates a parody of tired Petrarchan ideals. His lover has wires for hairs, her lips are not red as coral, her breasts are dingy brown not white and her breath reeks. Praise beauty? Not in sonnet 130. Yet his love for her runs deeper?
Genesis makes it clear that Adam was not the first human in existence and that the flood was not global. Correcting these misconceptions takes pre-flood Genesis out of the realm of mythology and grounds it in known history.
Many people believe that the character of Sherlock Holmes was based on one of Doyle's medical teacher's Doctor Joseph Bell. Bell was a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and was a student of observation and deduction. To illustrate this, he would often pick a stranger and, by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. Doctor Watson was based on Doyle, himself.
Design is a traditional sonnet, with a twist, that explores the nature of intelligent design and questions whether or not that design is malevolent. A spider, a moth's wings and a flower are involved
Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact is apparent over 50 years after his untimely death. Here are some facts about the great man.
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.
Chanel Cleeton captures more than the essence of Cuba, she brings a country and its passions to life, while showing how to hold empathy even for an enemy, and fury even for a comrade. Our hearts our broken at each loss, each death, yet still somehow filled with hope, like a true Cuban.
She Walks In Beauty is a lyric poem by the archetypal romantic, Lord Byron. With full rhyme, alliteration and simile, written in iambic tetrameter, it explores the feelings of a speaker inspired by female beauty. Is beauty based on inner purity and goodness alone, or a mix of light and dark?
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.
Need help writing a Visual Analysis Essay? See my tips and writing instructions with sample essays for help analyzing ads, art, photographs and other images.
Larkin's 'atheist poem' in which he explores the spiritual significance of the church, despite the decline of religious ritual in the western world. Contains dry wit and keen perception.
Despite being written in 1948, many parts of George Orwell's fictional dystopian society have become reality. The prevalence of surveillance and loss of privacy, the state of perpetual war with shifting landscapes and changing enemies, the truncation of language and fake news are the new norm.
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?
This poem, from Songs Of Experience, is about the suppression of anger in our relationships. Is it wise to bottle it up until it bursts out uncontrollably? Or is it better to let it out?
An in-depth analysis of William Shakespeare's King Lear. Scrutinizes how Shakespeare used what we know to be as a fool to show wisdom and how even kings can be quite foolish.
These slogans in the novel 1984 underscore the destructiveness of believing in contradictions and encompass one of the overarching themes of the book.
Character, thematic, and social analysis of A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams. This play has several intriguing themes, which I will discuss. Thank you for reading!
The 50s were an interesting time in my life. There were new fads on television, in music, dances, and at school. Pop culture was changing. In this hub I recall popular fads of the mid and late 50s.
One of the biggest factors in what a person would wear in ancient Egypt was their social class. The richer you were, the lighter the garment you would wear.
Why did Ancient Rome execute its prisoners in such a public, painful, humiliating fashion? Learn more of Roman public executions and who they punished and why.
Maya Angelou's poem is a clear, strong message to all who think a woman has to be a fashion model to be phenomenal. You don't have to fit other people's ideas of beauty, you just have to be yourself.
Langston Hughes, champion of black causes, wrote this short, powerful poem questioning the delay or postponement of individual and collective dreams.
Religious imagery is a key component of almost all world religions. From crosses to the Star of David, here are brief descriptions of popular religious symbols.
"The Blue People of Kentucky" are not a myth. They are members of the Fugate family, who carry a rare, recessive gene that makes their skin appear blue.
Analysis of the sources used to create and craft Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?"
Andrew Marvell is best known for this seduction poem, or carpe diem poem, To His Coy Mistress. With wit, intellect and conceit the speaker tries to persuade a virgin lady to have sex with him.
The Tudor monarch was a man of large appetites and it took a small army of servants to feed him and his court.
The early 1900's were a time of displacement of over 500,000 people in the U.S. Many became Hobos and became a migrant society. As they traveled they developed a communication code using symbols.
Plane crashes are disastrous events that lead to tragic loss of life. This article details the 5 worst plane crashes of all time and the effects they had on the aviation industry.
The Italian Front has never garnered the attention paid other fronts in World War One. Italy tied down millions of Austro-Hungarian troops which otherwise would have fought against the Russians.
An overview of Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" and an analysis of the recurring motifs of mortality, lack of reasoning, love versus lust, and time.
The word epic has been derived a Greek word epikos, which means a word, song or speech. An epic is well-defined as a long story in verse dwelling upon an important theme in a most elegant style and language.
One of the most influential poems of modern times, T.S.Eliot's dramatic monologue takes us into the mind of an ageing J. Alfred Prufrock. Do I disturb the universe or eat a peach? Full analysis.
Those wacky royals are always up to something. Unfortunately, in past centuries, that something also included inbreeding. Find out what kinds of conditions a shallow gene pool caused in royalty.
Do you know how to use the word "myself?" Incorrect use of "myself" will not be tolerated...by me, myself or I!
Wilfred Owen's WW1 poem is about reconciliation. Two soldiers meet in Hell, one having killed the other in battle, and their dialogue is a powerful and moving creation full of truth about humanity.
Matthew Arnold's poem Dover Beach is an intelligent take on the nature of existence and the future of humanity. A honeymoon poem, the conclusion is that love will prevail despite the gloom and doom.
Twenty classic books written by poets who broke new ground in the field of modern poetry. Are your favourites here? A guide to help you choose your own poet of the modern era.
Greek mythologies are not just stories; they carry moral values and allow glimpses of a culture long dead but not forgotten. It speaks of a culture that is still relevant even today.
"Puss in Boots" is a famous fairytale, but its moral is pretty questionable. The title character achieves everything through trickery and his masters become rich doing nothing.
An overview and analysis of the second tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," "The Miller's Tale," and a focus on narrative point of view, characterization, theme, symbolism, and allusion.
10 Weird Gods and Goddesses - Myths and legends about ten absurd deities from eight different world religions. Includes Loki and a number of Greek gods.
Ever wondered just what the Irish are talking about?? Well wonder no more . . . Here is a guide to the most popular Irish Slang words used today in everyday speech. We are known for our gift of the gab and I have shown the words, their meanings and also given examples of this weird and wacky language of the Irish.