'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
Inspired by Francis Thompson's "The Hound of Heaven," this poem, "The Hart of Heaven," dramatizes the search for God-realization as a hunter chasing a Deer.
The Secret Garden is a story about a seemingly magical garden that has healing powers. The garden has been hidden for ten years when a young girl discovers it.
My review of Morgan Smith's Casting in Stone (A Novel of the Averraine Cycle), a gritty, gripping 'realistic' fantasy which I can wholly recommend
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.
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.
"Two households, both alike in dignity" is the first line of the prologue to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The meaning of the line illustrates the high status of the Capulet and Montague families.
The Beast in the Jungle, by Henry James is a poignant story about a man who is expecting a great event that never happens. He wastes his entire life awaiting this, and misses out on life as a result.
Night, written by Elie Wiesel, is one of the most famous pieces of Holocaust literature. The story focuses on more than just the Holocaust, however - it is also centered around Wiesel's father.
'Come live with me and by my love' is the first line of one of the most loved pastoral poems of all time. A 16th-century address to a sweetheart and entreaty to join the speaker in a country idyll.
A look at two of fiction's greatest wizards. Gandalf and Saruman were central characters to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga.
Whether or not one loves or hates the writing of Ernest Hemingway is never much of a consideration regarding his stature, as his stature as one of the finest of America's writers is cemented in history. The life of Earnest Hemingway was complex, and full of danger, intrigue, and adventure, just like his writing, the man was totally unique.
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.
Providing food to millions of young men in battlefield conditions was a daunting task; little wonder that the meals were often close to inedible.
The journey of a thousand parsecs to defeat the Empire begins with a single step on Alderaan. My spoiler-free review of Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan