Recently, I was talking with a colleague at work and I mentioned that civilizations usually only last 500 years. The only problem was that I couldn't remember where I had heard that. In fact, I wasn't all that sure that I was right. I know that the...
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.
Derek Walcott's Love After Love focuses on loving the inner self, healing oneself following relationship breakdown. With metaphor, strong imagery and religious allusion the poem's speaker instructs the reader in the art of self-love. What change there can be when we accept the stranger needs love.
A Dream Within A Dream is a rhyming poem all about life and time and human perception. How real is reality, how unreal the dream? Edgar Allan Poe in philosophical mood, dreaming on.
Blessing is Imtiaz Dharker's short poem on the theme of water and poverty. It is a snapshot of life in the city slum, where children gather round a burst pipe as if it's a god. Simile, metaphor, personification and vivid imagery combine to produce a sensual poem highlighting how crucial water is.
How many of your thoughts are your own? Religion, culture, and politics play a strong role in the controlling of your thoughts. It's a danger, because it prevents you from truly being free.
In this article, I will talk about some of the most famous black outlaws, lawmen, and cowboys of the old west.
Know what a metaphor really is? It's not a simile, that's for sure. But where does the word come from, and what does it actually mean?
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.
Homes of the first American settlers were crude structures built not for aesthetics or comfort, but strictly for functional purposes. They were simple sturdy homes; just enough to meet the demands of a people who required only the basics. Aesthetics were non-existent; a non-essential luxury.
Scores of people have made a claim that they are the second coming of Jesus Christ; none have been taken seriously except by a small coterie of followers.
Here's a list of things to do when you're stuck choosing a thesis. Step-by-step instructions for writing an outstanding thesis, with examples.
The Aztec Calendar is often confused with the Mayan calendar. The two are quite similar. The truth is that the Aztecs borrowed the Mayan calendar which was in common use at the time. The Aztec Sun Stone is also called the Aztec Calendar stone, but it is not a true calendar. It is an illustration of the Gods of Time and is sometimes referred to the Aztec Cosmos. The Aztecs called it the Great Mechanism of the Universe.
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.
Full analysis of Those Winter Sundays, a short, atmospheric poem in which a child looks back in time to cold winter Sunday mornings and the dutiful acts of a hard working father.
Explore the lives of these six lesbian women in history and answer the question: were they, or weren't they?
There is a big problem with some sayings that seem perfectly logical. Let’s look at this common example: There is an exception to every rule. Most people would just start thinking of all the rules they can recall to see if it is true, and then ultimately decide it probably is as there is no way for them to know every rule out there. But really they have no way of knowing whether it is true or not. Sounds good, but it isn’t.
Robert Frost's Gathering Leaves is more than just an innocent poem about fallen autumn leaves. It questions the cycle of life and our role within it. Short quatrains with rhyme add up to an intriguing poem.
The English language is a mixed bag of words, odd spelling rules, words that look alike, but sound different, sound alike but look different, and sound and look alike, but have different meanings!
Have you ever considered shagging lessons? Did you ever ask your teacher for a rubber? The differences between American English and British English can be quite funny!
Need help writing a problem solution paper? Easy steps with questions to guide you and examples from real student essays.
"Death & Co." is one of Plath's weaker poems, relying heavily on postmodern obtuseness and obscurity; it features seven free verse paragraphs, the final a single line.
Uncontrolled lust creates problems in society. These saints struggled with lust and have wise advice to stay in control.
The conversion process for becoming a Conservative Jew involves extensive study, living a Jewish life, circumcision (for men), examination by a rabbinic court, and immersion in the ritual bath.
Madame Butterfly is one of the most popular operas of all time. But the ending has a twist—the final chord is unusual. So why did Puccini choose to end his own favourite opera this way?
Do you know what message you send out when you wear or use black? And did you know that black can be a symbol for both luxury, poverty, humility and penance as well as evil, sex and power?
The speaker of Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy" metaphorically elucidates the stifling condition of a human soul locked in a human body through the employment of a "caged bird."
A summary and full analysis line by line of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, one of the most influential modern poems. Inspired by the Grail legend it is full of religion, occult symbolism and mythology. Multiple voices, shifts in time and space, street dialogue and foreign languages combine in new form
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?
Different example texts in German of about 200 words you can use straight away and for free. With English translations to help you understand, and some handy vocabulary lists to save you some time!
It is said that the city of Buffalo got its name from the creek that it is built around. But the question is then, why was the creek named Buffalo? How did the creek become known as Buffalo Creek?
Longtime Christians still get confused about the timeline of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus even though they hear sermons about those things in churches every Easter. Perhaps this timeline will help everyone understand what happened, according to the Bible.
Art of the American West has become an increasingly popular genre during the last century. Here I discuss a selection of some of the most well-known artists of the 19th century American frontier.
What if you're a poet in love? A look at some of the more unusual love poems by famous and unknown poets. Here is passion, sex and romance, with some weird twists.
Isobel Dixon's Plenty is a poem that contrasts childhood past and adult present; relative poverty with that of comfort and plenty. Central to the theme is the mother, struggling to cope. Simile, hyperbole, assonance and other devices all help make this a moving poem about family memories and love.
English is a useful language to know for business, travel, entertainment, and academics. There's no denying how beneficial it is to have at least some familiarity with the most popular language in the world.
Shakespeare did not have much faith in traditional gender roles. His constant subversion of these roles in the submission of men to dominant women illustrates Shakespeare’s feelings that much was amiss in society’s typical dictation of the...
Working class children in the Victorian Age began work early on- and were exposed to long hours, dangerous tasks, and hazardous environments. Read on to discover the horrors of Victorian child labor!
Robert Frost wrote some memorable poems and became one of America's most popular poets. He sought to produce a 'sound of sense' in his work. But what does this phrase mean?
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?
During the 1800s, Oklahoma was a wild and rugged place, full of outlaws and almost devoid of law. These treasure tales from Oklahoma tell the story of a number of outlaw treasure gained and then lost again. Somewhere in the heart of Oklahoma lies several million dollars of buried loot.
My hub is all about Basic Kuwaiti Arabic words and phrases that I learnt in Kuwait when I worked there years ago and I am going to translate them in English. It was easier to learn the spoken Arabic language first by learning the Arabic words and phrases then use them in sentences later.
Sonnet 29 focuses on the depressed state of the speaker who is full of envy, self-pity and hopelessness. He despises those better looking and more talented. He's down, until he thinks about his lover.
Was the Prophecy Of The Goat and the Ram Fulfilled in 2,300 Evenings & Mornings, Or Was It 2,300 Years?
A summary of the major ideas of Plato and how these would influence the development of philosophy is western society.
A critical essay on the symbols and images used by Synge, drawing from both classical and Biblical archetypes, in "The Riders to the Sea".
There is a lot of confusion about the relationship between genre and form in literature. I have read seasoned authors who I feel are still missing the mark. I present in this article a way of understanding each of these categories of literature. The line between genre and form is clear. I promise.
The legend of Princess Sheila NaGeira is well known throughout Newfoundland. She has inspired numerous articles, books, and even a couple of musicals. But just who was this mysterious person?
Allied intelligence services had many notable successes, as did the Germans. One was the control of British agents sent into the Netherlands from 1942 to 1944 in what they called The England Game.
Sailing To Byzantium, in ottava rima form, is a symbolic spiritual search for Yeats, who was obsessed with Byzantium art and culture in later age. A mix of the personal and the mythical, this poem with its famous opening line, That is no country for old men...ends with the song of a golden bird.
A look at the famous war book Going After Cacciato by Tim Obrien. It is a book about heroism, confusion of war, and what happens to people in war situations. It is a gripping story of what happens to our heroes.
The Anglican Church also has the seven sacraments. Here are how we perceive these sacraments in a nutshell.
A list of very short essays, articles, and non-fiction opinion pieces for students or any reader with a few minutes to fill.
The pagan tribes who authored the epic Beowulf and the characters within the story have a unique culture. There are four major parts of Anglo Saxon and Germanic culture that is vital to understanding Beowulf. Anyone looking to analyze the epic must first understand Bards, paganism, the warrior king culture and Anglo Saxon Christianization to form a complete analysis of Beowulf.
HMS Perseus, a British submarine with 61 souls on board, sank in the Mediterranean in December 1941. One man, John Capes, escaped a watery grave against impossible odds.
Three examples of the military creativity of the (not so) ancient hindu peoples and their love for exquisite weaponry.
The speaker in Walter de la Mare’s "Silver" dramatizes the silvering of things as they appear without the sunlight. Sunlight is gold; moonlight is silver.
The book of John informs us that the "Word"-"Jesus" was in the beginning of creation. A frequently repeated, untranslated Hebrew word in the Old Testament reveals this very truth.
China's 1st emperor, Qin Shihuang, accomplished staggering feats, from uniting the warring states to building the Great Wall. However, he could be draconian. Here are his top achievements and faults.
Sonnet 129 is a powerful statement about sexual desire, guilt and the physical side of love. Shakespeare's take on the dangers inherent in pure lust.
In this essay, I review Plato's "Republic", and analyze the three-tiered class system within the society as defined based of the "myth of the metals".
Joseph Conrad was a famous novelist in the English literature. His famous novel “Heart of Darkness” (1902) is the exploration of complex human nature as well as the relevant matter of colonialism.
A discussion of the pros and cons of including the Apocrypha in the Bible. I also explain three stories from these books and why they're relevant for today.
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.
A writer who can write effective complex sentences with correctly placed commas is on their way to writing quality paragraphs and essays!
Neoclassical Poetry is a type of poetry, which follows the pattern of poetry authored by the poets of ancient time i.e., Greek and Rome. Pope and Dryden were the leading writers of neoclassicism.
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.
Learning to write in iambic pentameter can be challenging for some. Here is one method to teach yourself how to write in iambic pentameter.
Taking an Ethics class? This article summarizes terms and types of ethical theories that may help you succeed in your course.
An elegy to the jazz singer Billie Holiday, The Day Lady Died is full of New York buzz, time schedules and cultural associations. Life in the here and now, until a headline sparks a memory.
Sunday Morning, a poem in blank verse, focuses on the idea that traditional religious faith in the old gods has gone and needs to be replaced by a fresh new natural paganism. Stevens explores human belief in his own inimitable way. Vivid imagery, exotic language. Where do truth and beauty reside?
Angels have been seen and documented by humans since the dawn of civilization. Angels, or angelic type forms exist in almost every religion and culture creating a link to the divine.
Ben Franklin listed pros and cons to help when faced with conflicts to fully understand all options available when making decisions. I explain how he did it.
Learn about the evolution of Egyptian battle tactics throughout the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms of Egypt.
In this lesson, we take a look at what the grammatical function of a noun is. We also take a detailed look at all five functions of a noun, and give simple examples to deepen your understanding.
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!
These contemptuous F-Words are divided into subsections for describing people, animals and things, also for use as verbs. Meanings are added for those who are interested in learning something new.
The article looks at the meaning of the poem "Death Be Not Proud", also known as "Holy Sonnet 10" or "Holy Sonnet X", by John Donne. It includes a summary and the poem's text.
What is Morse Code? Is it still used today? Find out who is credited for inventing morse code and the importance of it.
The Titanic sunk as a result of a collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on that fateful night in 1912. The next day, icebergs with noticeable damage were found nearby and photographed. But where exactly did this occur? And where is the wreckage now?
A guide to the changing experience of women through history. From ancient times to the present day, women have adapted, survived and thrived.
Creative writing coach and author J. J. Murray examines T. S. Eliot’s “Objective Correlative,” touting its use for improving every kind of creative writing.
"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?
The kiss can be an obligatory greeting, a sign of respect, a personal expression of caring concern, and so much more.
Private William Hunter, who enlisted in the British Army in 1914 when he was 16, after repeated absences from his regiment, was shot at dawn for desertion on Feb 21, 1916.
There are many online articles on the origins of the enneagram of personality, but most have a school of thought bias. Focusing on 6 pivotal innovators, I've aimed to provide an evenhanded overview of the early history.
Who are the Gypsies and where did they come from? The Roma or Romani people have long lived the Gypsy life. This article gives us a glimpse at the history of the Gypsies, who are not Egyptians at all.
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.
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.
Blythswood Missionary Institution in the former Transkei, South Africa, was unique in that the people it served asked for it and contributed to the cost of setting it up.
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.
God reveals Himself by many names throughout Scripture. Each expresses a quality of Him that is vital to know. One, in particular, stands out in reference to the miracle of the five loaves and two fish as told in all four of the Gospels signifying a lesson that applies to every sphere of our life.
A brief history of tanka, along with some of my tanka poems. Tips about poems for kids, photos, and videos are included. Written by a retired literature and writing teacher.
Prayer Before Birth is a poem Louis MacNeice wrote during World War Two. He was living in London and German rocket bombs were landing. The speaker in the poem is an unborn child, destined to be born into a violent, disturbed world. A powerful monologue addressed to God and humanity.
45 seemingly similar struggles the ENFP faces, why we love the ENFP, and one of the best personalities of all
Imtiaz Dharker's Tissue poem focuses on the fragile life we humans lead, how our lives are stories written down on paper, lived within buildings made of paper - ultimately we live in our skin which is nothing but tissue. With religious allusion, metaphor and ambiguity Tissue alters things?
Charles Dickens, like his character, Oliver Twist, knew from experience the meaning of poverty. Let's take a look at the social history that forms the background to the most famous of all his books.
Wilfred Owen's poem Exposure explores the trauma and suffering soldiers experience on a WW1 battlefield within 24 hours. Using personification, metaphor and pararhyme within a cyclic, repetitive structure, Owen creates a powerful atmosphere that challenges war propaganda and civilian ignorance.
Aunt Jennifer sits sewing her tigers of wool into a panel. They do not fear men, unlike their creator who has lived in the shadow of a dominant husband. A short poem exploring the role of women.
Athena was a Daddy's Girl in Greek Mythology, but a very wise and highly talented artisan. She is an archetype of an independent woman, one who is capable of being on her own without a man.
The primary similarities and differences between the geographies, economics, educations, and governments of ancient Spartan and Athens.
Buddhism is a religion that requires the separation of self from reality. The ego must be cast aside completely to achieve an escape from constant rebirth.
This guide will teach you how to test the air content of concrete with a roller meter. It covers the reasons you are performing this test, the equipment needed, and the procedure of ASTM C173. It is intended to be a supplement to reading the ASTM as well as a study tool for the ACI exam.
Dickens places Pip in a world layered with guilt in "Great Expectations" to show the reader the effect that environment has on development.
James K. Baxter's Farmhand is a portrayal of an awkward young farm worker, who lacks social skills yet cannot suppress his instincts. He's only at home when working on the farm, with familiar landscape and machinery. Is he emotionally damaged? Baxter explores individuality, what it is to be human.
Heaney's Punishment poem explores the violent nature of human tribal revenge, comparing a young, Iron Age body found in peat bog with that of the 'betraying sisters' of the modern era in Northern Ireland. Heaney uses history and the methods of punishment; his rich language is sharp and personal
The story of a well-educated multilingual girl with a Jewish stepfather and an early love story with a Zionist leader who would go on to marry the Nazi Minister for Propaganda.
For over 100 years, the tragic history of the Titanic has captivated people's interest and has continuously been a source of speculation and wonder. Many know the infamous liner struck an iceberg, and sank into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But do they know why?
Anne Sexton's poetry is unique in that it confronts mental illness head on, gives direct access to the heart and soul of a troubled mother, artist and poet. 'I hold back nothing,' she wrote. So true.
Young is Anne Sexton's early look back to her own adolescence, a time when her relationship with parents and the wider world was changing. Between childhood and adulthood; figuratively imagined.
A poem about cultural identity and the confused feelings of a teenage girl who receives presents from her relatives in Pakistan. Moniza Alvi's poem is full of colour and detail and is a personal exploration of her feelings at that time. Metaphor, simile and contrasting language enliven this poem.
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.
Are you feeling a little peaked? Or maybe you are piqued or peeked? Or should it be pekid or peakèd? Would like to take a peak or peek or peep? Is that smell piquant, picante, or pungent?
One of the most challenging aspects of Plato's philosophy is his Theory of Forms, the idea that non-physical Forms represent the most accurate version of reality.
If you are writing a paper according to APA style, you may need to include an Abstract page as part of your paper. In this special Hub, I will show you exactly how to format the Abstract page in APA style, 6th edition (the most recent edition) and what you must include on this page. I have added visual examples so you can easily remember the format, layout and specs of a correct Abstract page.
Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology has become an American classic. The poet's skillful craftsmanship in molding each character produced a fascinating and insightful study of human nature.
One of the most famous ships in sailing history, the RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage in 1912. Here are 15 interesting facts about the ship and the disaster.
One of Emily Dickinson's poems on the subject of human pain, exploring the physical, mental and emotional anguish we experience when grief hits. Full of metaphor and cold imagery.
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.
Obsessed with fairy tales and building castles King Ludwig II had almost bankrupted Bavaria when he was found dead, under circumstances which remain mysterious to this day.
At the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Word of God became suddenly accessible to people in all walks of life. This was essential for "the priesthood of all believers" to transform culture.
The history and legacy of the Mongolian Emperor, Temujin (Genghis Khan). A list of 40 facts about his life, death, deeds, and how he became one of the famous, successful, enduring leaders of all time.
Nothing's Changed is a poem that burns with frustration and anger. A man goes back to District 6 in Cape Town, South Africa, and concludes that the blacks are still oppressed and poor, despite the end of apartheid, a brutal system segregating white and black.
Buddhism and Hinduism are the two well-known philosophies emerged in the Indian sub-continent. Spiritual inquiry in India has never been a systematic progression of a single school of thought. It tolerated experiments and new religious concepts. Nirvana was such a novel idea proposed by Buddha.
Romantic poet John Keats wrote this sensuous, pastoral ode knowing he was closer to death than at any time in his young life. To Autumn is bursting with rich natural imagery - full analysis.
Idioms or idiomatic expressions have such deep meanings that they often cause confusion among learners of English as a Second Language or ESL. Here are some examples of school-related idioms.
While sibling saints are rare, brother and sister saints are most uncommon. These saints reveal the beauty of mutual support between siblings.
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.
Shakespeare's sonnet 60 is all about cruel Time and its effect on beauty. Full text with summary and in depth analysis - rhyme, meter (metre), metaphor, symbol, biblical and mythological allusions.
Explanation and analysis of Anna Akhmatova's poem cycle "Requiem," including overviews of the major groupings, trends, and overall themes.
Discover examples of flash fiction online. Known by various names such as sudden, micro, very short, or postcard fiction, they can be read in a few minutes.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band is a Sherlock Holmes short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Speckled Band tells of murder most foul, undertaken by an evil villain.
This is a study of an Old Testament structure that has quite a bit to teach us about the New Testament's understanding of dwelling with God through Christ. The primary purpose of the Tabernacle will be examined.
While details of her life are a mystery, today she is known as one of the best preserved mummies in the world. Meet Rosalia Lombardo, the girl in the glass coffin.
You will find a comprehensive list of fables and their authors below. From Aesop to Rudyard Kipling, prepare yourselves to discover many creative writers and their stories!
Free, ready-made German essays to use straight away. In this article, learn how to write about your best friend in German.
While interpretations of absurdism are diverse, the fundamental concepts attributed with the discipline make you think. This article offers a detailed perspective on the philosophy of Absurdism.
This article contains a summary of the major ideas of the philosophy of Aristotle. Read on to learn about how Artistotle differed from his teacher, Plato, and his contributions to Western thought.
If thinking requires understanding, then many postmodernist poets are guilty of thinking without thought, exemplified by this Atwoodian loose-mused atrocity.
Writers often struggle to find the right word to capture the qualities of touch and texture. Here is a list to help you find the perfect word.
During the Battle of the Bulge, Americans fought against a massive German onslaught. On Christmas Eve 1944, three American and four German soldiers honored a truce forced upon them by a German mother.
Curious about life in the Colonial period? Learn about how daily life for colonial Americans and some surprising facts about women in Colonial trades.
I Am Waiting is Ferlinghetti's poem of a hopeful 'rebirth of wonder' for the USA and the world. The speaker, repeatedly in limbo, waits for a different kind of outcome with respect to war, peace, religion, God and a Grecian Urn. A jazzy, comical list, a cry for help, a call to those in power.
The Panchatantra is a collection of fables from ancient India originally written in Sanskrit. It contains five major sections based on five different principles and is believed to have been written by Vishnu Sharma.
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.
A list of 108 Chinese mythological gods and characters for all your creative needs. Use these in your video games, fantasy stories, RPG campaigns, whichever way you see fit!
Discover the masterful story telling in Jules Verne's classic, The Mysterious Island. This review also covers the parallels and differences between the book and the hit television series, LOST.
Roethke's villanelle is full of mystery and explores the nature of human identity. We think by feeling.What is there to know? Life is for living so learn by going where to go. A philosophical message.
Sylvia Plath's poem The Arrival of the Bee Box is one of five bee poems she wrote focusing on identity, creativity and control. Plath searches for her true poetic self and her womanhood using metaphor and powerful imagery. Reality fuses with dream-like narrative.
Therapy has progressed from driving out demons through violence and abuse to psychoanalysis and medication with lobotomies and electro-convulsive shocks along the way.
A brief examination of the correct grammatical use and origins of the phrase "bad rap." The purpose being to provide research based confirmation of its standard use and to show the grammatical basis for considering the phrase "bad wrap" to be incorrect.
St. Augustine, an African priest who was made a bishop just before the beginning of the fifth century, wrote many works that are considered seminal in the area of Biblical Hermeneutics. However, he was also responsible for promoting some views that were more influenced by Cicero and Plato than by the Bible. These have had repercussions in the Christian church down the ages, even to today.
A short summary of the key dates, facts and events in the middle of the first world war (1915-1916).
Sylvia Plath's satirical and sharp take on the social conventions that condition people to the 'market' that is marriage. Women are viewed as a product, objectified by men in stiff black suits.
A detailed analysis and meaning of "The South," a poem written by the famed African American poet Langston Hughes in the 1920s.
Robert Frost's poem, "Bereft," displays one the most amazing metaphors of all poetic time: "Leaves got up in a coil and hissed / Blindly struck at my knee and missed."
This article looks at the meaning in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce. It includes a summary, a look at themes, and some questions for consideration.
The women found in this article are legendary for being the greatest bitches in history. They lived hard and loved hard. They remained committed in the face of great struggles and may serve as great inspiration for women today.
The themes of gender relations and traditional gender roles play an important part in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
The story of Zeus and Europa in Greek mythology is a well known love story, with the supreme deity abducting Europa before seducing her.
The most articulate atheists making the most effective arguments against religious belief, while refuting popular apologists and common arguments for the existence of God. Enjoy!
Annabel Lee is one of Poe's best known poems. The theme is loss of love based on the death of a beautiful maiden, narrated in first person by the speaker. Haunting, dark and gothic.
Rabindranath Tagore's poem,"The Journey," appears in his most widely-known collection titled Gitanjali. The poet was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1913, specifically for this collection.
Celtic Ireland, the time between the Bronze Age and before the coming of Christianity in the 4th century AD, is often looked on as something of a golden age in Irish history. At this time, the island was home to a rich and flourishing culture with...
Adverbs are confusing to both native and native speakers of English alike—once mastered, one can really harness the full beauty of the language.
In the novel 1984, the slogan "Freedom is Slavery" (positive is negative) as the second slogan in "Nineteen Eighty-Four", seems opposite the other two slogans, "War is Peace" and "Ignorance is Strength" (negative is positive). This seeming discrepancy is discussed.
A villanelle with powerful, repeated lines inspired by the prolonged illness of the poet's father, who became blind in his final few months.
The Lion and Jewel is a novel written by Wole Soyinka. It narrates the battle for power between a young girl and an elderly chief. It tells the story of a village that is torn between breaking from traditional ties and accepting the modern-way of life.
A new series of essays to support you with your homework at school. They are based on my experience working at schools in the UK. Part 1 covers the popular topic of describing your own family.
Seamus Heaney's Follower is a poem about his father, a man who worked the land. With full and slant rhyme, assonance and alliteration, it works its magic on the reader as the horses plough the furrow.
Essential in any field of study, a literature review lists and synthesizes previous scholarship and shows the scope, focus, limitations, and direction of your own research.
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.
This article delves into the use of witchcraft as a way to 'get back' at enemies in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".
From the 1920s through the 1940s, Pine Valley was one of Oklahoma's largest company-owned lumber camps. This tells the story of a forgotten town.
Are American and Chinese ginseng similar? If they are, what other similarities exist between the East and West? Find out about pyramids, hieroglyphics, and other connections between cultures.
Gwendolyn Brooks' poem, "Gay Chaps at the Bar," is an American sonnet, based on the Petrarchan style octave of two quatrains and a sestet composed of two tercets.
For two months in 1942 Sergeant Yakov Pavlov and his men held off the German 6th Army’s relentless attacks against their four-story apartment building during the Battle of Stalingrad.
Derek Walcott's A Far Cry from Africa explores the bloody history of colonial Africa, in Kenya, where Mau Mau fighters fought the British in the 1950s. Walcott's mixed race roots divide his loyalties.
During the Great War, the Japanese were allied with the Triple Entente. Though their casualties were miniscule, their navy patrolled half the world and even fought in the Mediterranean Sea.
An analysis of ‘Silver’ (1913) by Walter de la Mare. Exquisite visual imagery sparks the senses of the reader by evoking the effect created by the phenomenon of a silver moon in a slumbering rural environment. Particularly noteworthy is the skilful use of alliteration and repetition.
The Trees by Adrienne Rich has a basic theme of freedom - for the trees as they leave their indoor life and move out into the forest, and for the speaker who is witness to this exodus. Using metaphor, simile, personification and imagery, Rich creates double worlds, exploring the nature of change.
Rosemary Kennedy, the little known and sometimes forgotten Kennedy lived in a place known as St. Coletta of Wisconsin for most of her life. Brain damaged by a botched lobotomy at the very young age of 23, she needed lifetime care afterwards. My son worked at St. Coletta for over three years while in college, and I remember the day he came home to visit for the weekend and told us that the most famous resident of St. Coletta, Rosemary Kennedy, had passed away.
Although speech is the language, good writing follows rules and often serves as a reference. Preposition lists, sentence examples, and a quiz are given to aid the writer.