James Madison was the fourth president of the United States and one of main architects of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
From Edgar Degas' sculpture and paintings to the painted works of Renoir and other Impressionist artists, ballet and ballerinas inspired some of the most beautiful art of the 19th century.
Jimmy Carter - former president of the United States, peanut farmer, naval officer, humanitarian, Nobel Prize winner, and so much more. The story of this amazing man continues.
“If, then, you sometimes fall, do not lose heart, or cease striving to make progress, for even out of your fall God will bring good, just as a man selling an antidote will drink poison before he takes it in order to prove its power.” ~ St....
Sarah Forbes Bonetta was an orphaned African princess given as a gift to Queen Victoria by the King of Dahomey. Victoria became Sarah's godmother, and received her into the royal extended family.
Immigration from Italy and the rest of Europe beginning in the 1950s for 50 years hence is known as THE SECOND WAVE of European Immigration. America was not even 100 years old yet in 1850!
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...
In an epic three-day battle, the brief history of the Confederacy reached its zenith as General Robert E. Lee's second invasion of the North was repulsed at Gettysburg in southern Pennsylvania.
Jacksonville, Florida, native James Weldon Johnson composed his tribute to his adopted New York City in a surprising Petrarchan sonnet.
Cats have endeared themselves to famous creative people throughout history. Discover some of the writers, inventors, philosophers and solitaries they've inspired.
In 58 BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rhine and met people who he would come to call the Germans and the Gauls. Caesar's Gallic Wars would forever shape our views of these people, so who were they?
Magazines, books, art materials, toilet tissue, wall-coverings, tickets, posters, packaging and even money are all made from paper. But where does paper come from, who invented it and how is it made?
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.
A man sits eating poetry in a library. He's never been happier. The librarian is concerned. Why is that man consuming verse? And much worse, he's now turning into a dog and licking her hand. Surreal.
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.
'The Charge of the Light Brigade' analysis 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' concerns an event of the Crimean War (1854-56), which occurred during the year that the war broke out ~ 1854. At this time, Alfred Tennyson was poet laureate and, as such, was the mouthpiece, via poetry, of the British establishment.
The Night Circus is a popular novel that is about an on-going competition between two magicians in a traveling circus that only runs at night. On a deeper level the book draws inspiration from The Tempest and the character Prospero. Using Shakespeare's influence we see that The Night Circus is about what it takes to tell a great story.
Phineas Barnum's American Museum in New York capitalized on the Cabinets of Curiosities which originated in Europe and comprised impressive collections of oddities collected by the rich and elite.
In 1940, Lithuania was annexed by the former USSR. At that time, Nazi Germany had already annexed Poland and was on the march. Incredible mass upheaval, displacement, and death were soon to follow.
Reasons students should consider majoring in Spanish including what you can do with a Spanish major and how you can leverage your degree in your future career after graduation.
Pen names, or pseudonyms, have been used throughout history for various reasons. I use the pseudonym Cydro, although I can't cite a reason for source. Check out these authors that were a lot more successful than I am, and the reason they chose their pen names:
The Bombing of Boise City was the only continental American town to be bombed during World War II. This article explains the full story.
Doing analysis of poetry is not as easy as some might think. Just because it is usually shorter than books, doesn't mean it takes less effort to do a proper literary analysis.
Grinding poverty forced families to send children as young as three off to work in the most appalling conditions imaginable.
This article is an analysis of "The Dead" by James Joyce. It explores the themes of repetition and the "living dead."
Alexander the Great was an amazing commander, but he was not the great general history sometimes sees.
Gas, guns and grenades weren't the only weapons in World War 1. Find out why sometimes primitive clubs, knives and daggers were more effective.
Liubo was once one of the most popular games in China, played by men and women alike. Recent discoveries are telling us more about this ancient game.
The history of the kimono begins to blossom. Today, we will examine the birth of kimono as a uniquely Japanese garment, starting with the juunihitoe.
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
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.
A satirical sonnet by the master of experimental syntax. E.E.Cummings shows off his unique talent for unusual form and content by exposing the cliche ridden nonsense that is next to of course.
In this essay, I analyze Alvin Goldman's "Causal Theory of Knowledge" and the problems that arise with generalizations, a priori situations, and cases involving evidence.
Is there a difference between genre and form in literature or are genre and form the same? Is fiction a genre or a form? How about poetry, romance or fantasy. Here are one writer's thoughts.
After the end of World War Two, Japan was utterly devastated. History books might ignore them, but here's a tribute to the passionate people who helped rekindle the country's spirit.
The myth of Demeter and Persephone was of central importance in Greek religion, being at the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries which gave hope of rebirth to a better afterlife.
How Duke William defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 when he faced a defensive shield wall of 7000 Anglo-Saxons and had a steep hill to navigate.
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!
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.
Maya Angelou's poem is full of imagery and figurative language, aimed at children and adults alike. Life Doesn't Frighten Me is about bravado and having a strategy to overcome fear.
I’m sure you have seen Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man before; it´s one of the images most reproduced in academic books, movies, art and parodies. But what is it that makes it so special? Come on and I will tell you.
Secular humanism is a little understood human–centered philosophy of life. It is non-theistic, rooted in science, with explicit moral and ethical directives.
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.
For thousands of years, our ancestors hesitated on the fringes of the European continent, seemingly unable to penetrate this frozen frontier. But an important cultural and technological revolution changed all that. Humans entered Europe...and they discovered a land of plenty: vast swathes of windswept grassland, teeming with megafauna...
This short poem from Naomi Shihab Nye relies on personification to carry the main message. Written in free verse, it is a clever take on loneliness and how different people relate to being alone.
Tennyson published Ring Out, Wild Bells, a New Year's poem, in 1850. The sentiments that are expressed therein are still relevant in twenty-first century society.
The Ruins of Tulum, near Cancun, Mexico, have many stark similarities to Solomon's Temple in the Old Testament. These similarities are too great to be mere coincidence.
Wilfred Owen's powerful poem is all about the horrors of the first world war. Insensibility gives the reader different angles on what it is to die in battle, and how soldiers lose their feelings.
This cemetery near the Supermax Prison in Florence has a long history of serving the local Catholic and Penitente communities. Its many handmade stones reflect the tragic lives of those buried there.
Even supreme sovereigns are not spared the drastic permutations of life! Here are some Chinese emperors who ended their reigns in the worst way, dying as slaves or captives.
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.
The first sonnet in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese features a speaker who expresses the fruitlessness of dwelling on death and the melancholy such musing will create.
Of the world’s approximately 6,000 languages, English is said to be one of the easier ones to learn despite its idiosyncrasies of spelling and pronunciation.
Artemis was the Goddess of the Hunt and the Goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. She also falls into a category known as "virgin" goddesses, just meaning that she felt complete by herself.
In "Alone", the speaker repeats the message that as humans we need each other if we're to make it through life. Nobody can make it alone. The soul needs to share with and care for others.
Who were the parents of Tutankhamun? Little is still known about the life and death of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, but recent DNA analysis on royal mummies of the Amarna period have produced some surprising results
Many Puritans immigrated to the New World in the 17th century. Once there, they sought to fabricate a Holy Commonwealth in the New England region.
Larkin explores the nature of love and human relationships whilst visiting a 14th century cathedral tomb. What will survive of us is love the final line says, but does cynical Larkin believe that?
Napoleon Bonaparte or ‘Little Corporal’ as he was called was a real war hero and a great leader of Europe. But his love life has no such greatness and his affairs with three different women were extraordinary and showed the paleness in the charisma of Napoleon.
Full of imagery - from religious to sexual - and unusual syntax, Emily Dickinson's intriguing poem was inspired by visits to church and graveyard. Ironic in tone, it is about death and resurrection.
This article explores the economic elements that led to imperialism in the late 19th century; this analysis incorporates the viewpoint of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and JA Hobson.
Looking for some current issues and topics for your kids to write about? Try these writing prompts on health care reform.
The Journey is a metaphorical poem about the need to challenge and move on and upwards. How to ignore those negative voices, leave the dark house behind and progress into the light.
When reading The Silken Tent by Robert Frost, a warm, fuzzy feeling known as love penetrates the senses through not only the diction the narrator uses, but also the figures of speech, tone, metaphors (whether or not implied), symbolism , and the...
Hansel and Gretchen (or Gretel) is well known story with very rich smbolism and several possible interpretations. Let's summarize it and check some of its deeper truths.
This illustrated article tells the story of the Crystal Palace dinosaurs - monuments to the Victorian era and the cultural and scientific advancements of the Age.
Art styles of the medieval period (Middle Ages) were highly influenced by the church because religion was the mainstay of life...
101 original writing prompts for writers of all genres and styles. All writers benefits from trying different styles and this is a great place to start. Kick writer's block with a prompt.
Christian Universalism: Upon close examination, the scriptures do not seem to teach that hell lasts forever.
When World War Two erupted, Switzerland declared its neutrality, but after France surrendered in 1940, Hitler started planning Operation Tannenbaum (“Christmas Tree”), the invasion of Switzerland.
The first poem in Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems is a Valentine aimed at persuading her brother to marry and is quite atypical of the poet's style in her canon of 1,775 poems.
Thaipusam. a Hinduism ceremony is the most colorful Hindu festivals celebrated by Indian Tamils from South India but Thaipusam Batu Caves in Malaysia is the biggest event in the world
European history is rife with mysteries. Who were The Princes in the Tower and what happened to them?
What was the cause of the Salem Witch Trials? This article assesses the differing Puritan and Enlightenment views on the Salem Witch Trials during 1692
Writing- the symbolic representation of spoken language- and its development represents a major turning point in the intellectual evolution of humans, and made our modern society posssible.
Chinese Empresses seldom feature prominently in the history of the Middle Kingdom. When they do, however, they leave legacies that horrify or inspire for centuries.
Written as part of a fund raiser for the new Statue of Liberty, The New Colossus gave new meaning to the Mother of Exiles, a welcoming light for the homeless hudded masses coming to America.
Sonnet 73 is a beautiful and unusual love poem. An extended metaphor featuring trees, birds, the sun - and how, as humans age, they reflect the passing of seasonal time.
Will While the following ten novels are some of the most unusual ever written, it would be foolish for many reasons to claim they are the weirdest. Not even taking into consideration the subjectivity inherent in any judgment of a novel's relative...
Japan and Europe did not have any direct contact with one another during the medieval ages, but they still developed very similar feudal systems. Warriors dominated the society and are bound by codes of ethics and obedience to their Lords. The main...
Discusses the domestication of animals and plants during the Neolithic Revolution, including how domestication occurred in different regions, why domestication occurred, and its consequences.
Carpathia rescued the survivors of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. But what happened to this vessel afterwards?
Richard Wilbur's poem concentrates on the nature of change and the changes in nature. But is it the beauty that is transformed or the changes themselves that are beautiful? Read on for full analysis.
For nearly a decade, the relentless waves battered the beached remains of a once mighty ocean liner. Salvo after salvo pummeled the wreck until there was nothing left.
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.
William Shakespeare wrote 'The Tempest' in around 1610. I interpret this play as a metaphor on colonisation. The story, which tells of a usurped duke and the shipwreck he arranges in order to to exact retribution, includes a number of themes: conflict and resolution; love and romance; nature and nurture; illusion and reality; vengeance and repentance; power and the abuse of power; colonisation and ‘otherness‘. Colonisation and otherness are a particularly interesting aspect of this Shakespeare p
Part 1 in a series of articles on odd and unknown aspects of World War II, and what we can learn from them (with pictures!).
'To My Valentine' by Ogden Nash is a charming, unconventional love poem that casts aside cliches in favour of unexpected comparisons. Elizabeth Barrett Brownings' sonnet in conventionally romantic
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.
"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use." Those who assume that the first lady of etiquette was a proper person from a privileged background would...
Langston Hughes wrote "Goodbye, Christ" in 1931. It was published in a left-leaning publication called The Negro Worker in 1932.
Albert Einstein was a famous physicist well-known for his theory of relativity. He is considered to be the Father of Modern Physics. Read on to learn more about his life.
A short summary of the key dates, facts, and events in the build up to and the first year of the first world war.
Between the mid-1800s and the 1930s, spittoons were as common in American households as pots and pans and as common in American public places as trash cans. It was the golden age of spitting in America. These photos tell the story.
Young British men from upper-class families flocked to the colours in the First World War; for most, life in uniform was miserable and short.
An unusual little poem in which a jar on a hill in Tennessee turns the wilderness round and round. The theme is power and order out of chaos.But where does the anecdote take the reader? Full analysis.
When the mining economy faltered in the 1850s, many skilled Cornish miners emigrated to North America. Their expertise was crucial to developing natural resources in the West, particularly Arizona.
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.
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.
An analysis of poems published in Anne Sextons' book "Transformations", which is a book of poetry centered around The Brothers Grimm Fairy-Tales. In these poems she retells the fairy-tale stories.
The Silk Road The Silk Road was a trading route, beginning in China and created during the Han Dynasty, which acted as the main artery of trade throughout Eurasia. Running through its veins were not only Asian luxuries and European staples, but...
An enhanced-content review of Gwynne Dyer's "Climate Wars" (2010.) Climate change is of deep concern to national security professionals the world over. Find out what they are worrying about.
Everyone knows what happened to the RMS Queen Mary. As the last surviving liner, she's a float hotel in Long Beach, California. But where is her sister, RMS Queen Elizabeth? It's a sadder story.
During the Battle of the Somme, the British and Germans fought for 64 days over a 75-acre patch of woods called High Wood. The British threw in cavalry, gigantic flamethrowers and their new tanks.
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.
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.
Americans often assume that most German civilians knew next to nothing about Hitlers Final Solution and were unaware that the SS controlled and administered the concentration camp system. While the death camps were located in conquered Poland, hundreds and hundreds of concentrations camps were scattered across the populated areas of Germany, most within walking or biking distance of towns and cities. They were not hidden; they served as public warning to opponents of the Nazi regime.
A sonnet that isn't a sonnet, with medieval tights. Collins, by mocking the old traditional forms of sonnet-making, Petrarchan and Shakespearean for example, gives the modern reader full access.
The first Zeppelin ever lost to the enemy in air-to-air combat was the German LZ 37. British Sub-Lieutenant Rex Warneford brought it down, but he didn't shoot it down.
I loved the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and found many funny, insightful, and inspirational quotes while reading, which I share with you here (with page numbers).
Vlad III Dracula was known after his death as Vlad the Impaler (Tepes) and had a reputation of being an evil and sadistic madman who resorted to unusual, brutal and bizarre methods of killing his victims. What was Vlad really like as a ruler and warlord?
An allegorical poem, "I died for beauty but was scarce" focuses on two people in the afterlife, one who died for beauty and one for truth. Emily Dickinson's fascination with life after death explored.
Downton Abbey portrays a grand house with many servants, but what was life really like for a typical Victorian servant? Maids of all work were often the only servant and had to do all the work!
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 last 100 years in its reign, the dynasty was riddled with problems and became weaker and weaker as timed progressed—however, China did not go down without a fight.
Having A Coke With You is a fresh, conversational poem that captures the moment when ordinary things like Coke and an orange shirt with yoghurt become transcendental, immediate essences of love.
Sonnet 22 finds the speaker growing ever more fanciful as she paints a haven for the loving couple whose union is strengthened by soul force.
Shotguns were used in World War 1, but they were rare and usually single- or double-barrel break-action shotguns. The Americans brought a whole new meaning to military shotguns.
This article provides a general analysis of the philosophical interpretations provided by Jean Jacques Rousseau.
Some of Adolf Hitler's quotations regarding propaganda, leadership and religion and how they reveal the man and his methods. Some may find these chilling in light of the current state of the world.
Medieval Europeans had a world view much more literal than ours. They saw the universe as more integrated than our own. This connectedness included the four humors and the physical world around us.
De Soto's expedition in North America was an epic struggle that would end in disaster as his search for the lost city of El Dorado (the city of gold) proved to be a false dream.
The government of Turkey gets really annoyed when people call its 1915 massacre of Armenians genocide.
An analysis of Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming' with particular attention to the glass of water scene.
Do you have trouble with writing and punctuating a long sentence? I explain how to correctly write difficult sentences correctly.
On its way to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederate army under Robert E. Lee terrorized black citizens by attempting to capture and transport them south into slavery.
An examination of Angela Carter's "The Company of Wolves," from the perspective of its inversion of the most familiar versions of Little Red Riding Hood.
A summary of the main ideas of the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard and his influence on existentialism.
Ask any grade school student in New York or Chicago what City is the capital of California; most would likely say Los Angeles or San Francisco. As amazing as it may seem, however, the Capitol of California is the City of Sacramento. Located within...
The Roman Empire created the modern world. Its political and social institutions survive today. What would the world be like if the Romans had never built their empire?
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.
Some fun and interesting facts about Karl Marx, a fellow often depicted as dull and humorless, which may or may not have anything to do with the fact that he was often broke.
The Soviet Union formed three regiments of women pilots. One of them, the 588th Regiment of night bombers, struck such fear into the enemy, the Germans called them Nachthexen, “Night Witches”.
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and sparked European integration, ethnic wars, Russian economic collapse, the end of Apartheid and blood shed in Congo.
Every schoolchild knows the controversial story of Christopher Columbus and the New World. They know the names of his ships. But whatever happened to these vessels?
A curtal sonnet, short and compact, with sprung rhythm and natural imagery. Hopkins gives praise to a changeless God for creating so many different and beautiful things.
Why Abraham Lincoln, as President of the United States, denied any recognition to Jefferson Davis as the Confederate States president.
This article is a short analysis of Rebecca Harding Davis' "Life in the Iron Mills." This essay examines class structure and mechanical representation.
World War I was perhaps the most gruesome war in history. The armies used terrifying chemical and biological weapons to gain both a military and a psychological advantage over their enemies.
The novel Noli Me Tangere contains 63 chapters and epilogue. It begins with a reception given by Capitan Tiago (Santiago de los Santos) at his house in Calle Analogue (now Juan Luna Street) on the last day of October. The reception or dinner is...
America's first president, George Washington was keenly aware of his importance as the nation's first president, once remarking that "There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not be hereafter drawn into precedent." This essay provides an overview of Washington's actions as America's first president and how his actions established precedents for the American nation today.
Until Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her in 2015, she was the longest-reigning woman in history. Here are some fun and interesting facts about Queen Victoria.
The Battle of Tours was a turning point in world history that decided the fate of Western Europe. It was here that the tide of Muslim conquest was turned back, with enormous implications for the future of the entire world.
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.
Sylvia Plath's pregnancy poem "You're" is full of powerful imagery and metaphors. Her sensitive, creative nature comes out in this two stanza poem.
Explores the lives of female pirates from 1700, including Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Charlotte Badger, and Gunpowder Gertie.
This is a brief overview of the 16 major archetypes for reference if anyone is looking. These are not to be confused with the Jungian motives or character roles in a story.
Even after three hundred years, arguments abound as to Milton's true proclivities towards the female gender. Is he a misogynist, a product of his time, or a closet feminist?
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.
What does the Mormon church teach about polygamy? What is the LDS policy on domestic abuse? Read this article to learn about the LDS position on this serious issue.
Bartholomew "Black Bart' Roberts although not the most famous pirate of the seven seas was certainly the most prolific pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy. He became a pirate not by choice but by force; however, he embraced his new career with fervor when he became captain of his own ship. Although he was a religious man, having a clergy man on board his ship, he was often cruel in his dealings with captives. Read on to discover more facts about Black Bart the Pirate.
This article discusses religions that have a personal god compared to those that have a more impersonal god. The similarities and differences are covered to help readers gain perspective and knowledge. Religions discussed include Islam, Christianity, Shinto, Buddhism, and Judaism.
A look at the top five public works projects built during the Great Depression, all part of the New Deal.
The scorpion sting the mother received on a dark, rainy night attracts many people, all out to heal her pain. Will the superstitious triumph over the rational? A child watches as the story unfolds.
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?
Writing a review is simple; writing an engaging review is a hair trickier. This article includes 9 simple steps writers can take to make their reviews more interesting to their readers.
Life was hard for soldiers and conscientious objectors alike during World War 1. Find out why men became "Conchies" and how they were treated.
Modern foreign teaching methods are easier to understand and develop if you are well acquainted with the foreign teaching methods used in the past (most of them are still used today in some form and integrated into new teachings).
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.
What pitch and pitch range are, how pitch is used, and how it affects the meaning of the utterances. Suggestions for English language teachers on how to teach correct intonation and pronunciation.
This article provides an analysis of the historiography and historical trends concerning the Indian nationalist movement.
'Christmas' was written by one of Britain's most loved contemporary poets. It is an evocative poem about Christmas customs and the Christian faith.
In 1918, the British introduced the Whippet, a light tank armed with four machine guns. During the few months they were in use they established themselves as one of the best tanks of the war.
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.
Do Muslims believe in Hell like Christians do? According to Islam, on the Last Day, the world will be destroyed and the dead will be raised to go to hell or paradise depending on their deeds.
In this article I collected in one place the most significant ancient Aztec festivals, holidays and celebrations. These traditional festivals were an important part of the everyday life of the Aztecs...
How to understand the colloquialisms used in Wisconsin, without the need for a translator! Words and phrases commonly used in "The Dairy State."
A sonnet full of exotic imagery that focuses on a certain king of kings, Ozymandias, a once powerful leader who is now no more than stone in sand. Shelley's poem, a metaphor - the fallen tyrant.
The rough beast in Yeats' widely noted poem is an aberration of imagination, not a viable symbol for what Yeats' speaker thought he was achieving in his critique of culture.
Atheists don't believe in God. It doesn't seem like anything that would be up for interpretation but it turns out some believers think that everyone, including non-believers, thinks God is real.
Sylvia Plath shows the reader the dilemma that a woman faces in her life through the story of Esther Greenwood.
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.
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.
There's nothing like the feel of a good book in your hands, especially when it's over 1000 pages long. Here is a list of ten books over 1000 pages to read.
Simple, free German essays, ready to use straight away. Based upon my experience working at schools in the UK, this article covers the popular topic of writing about your house.
The theory of a natural afterlife locates heaven in a natural, versus supernatural, realm. It’s consistent with NDEs, science, and religion and very plausible.
Whenever a member of our family had a stomach ache, we used this common product found in our medicine cabinet. When supplies ran low, we'd go to the corner store to fetch a refill.
In 1851, at a time when there were only 25 women in a booming mining camp of 5000 men, one of those women was accused of murder, and became the only woman in California ever to be unlawfully hanged.
Calling all logophiles and lexophiles—it’s time to have some fun wordplay fun. Paraprosdokians use puns and other techniques to alter meaning in an unexpected and funny way.
Who was Buddha? What are the facts and myths of his life? What are the basics of his teachings? Are the teachings of Buddha a practical philosophy for the 21st century?
Also known as Poteau's Mansion, The Woodson Home, or the House on the Hill, this is the real story of the House on Terry Hill.
One of Robert Lowell's best known confessional poems, Skunk Hour depicts modern life on Nautilus Island, Maine, and reveals the sad secret of one not right in the mind. An influential poem.