An all-encompassing list of 101 (plus a few) books set in France, to read if you're planning a holiday, remembering one, or just because you want to. All tastes provided for!
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?
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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.
A villanelle with powerful, repeated lines inspired by the prolonged illness of the poet's father, who became blind in his final few months.
An overview of classical Japanese poetry waka and a short introduction to haiku, senryu, haiga and tanka.
A short poem all about poetry and how we, as readers, should approach a poem. Is it to be tied up in a confessional chair, beaten? Or is a poem like a hive,built from light, full of hidden sweetness?
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.
How a book is printed and distributed can affect its sales, marketability and usability. Discover the most common types of book binding, as well as pros and cons of each for self publishing.
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.
John Donne's "The Flea" is an erotic metaphysical poem employing a conceit, or extended argument. The male speaker wants to make love to a woman, who resists. The lead role is the humble flea, which sucks the speaker first then the woman. Their blood is mingled in the flea, a symbol of sexual union.
A mother to daughter poem, about letting go, with a mythological twist. When Demeter lost her daughter Persephone to Hades in his underworld, the mother wrote a prayer.
"I shunned the face of man; all sound of joy or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation--deep, dark, death-like solitude." Aurielle Voices It has often been argued that the definition of a monster is something inhuman,...
We Real Cool packs quite a punch despite being a lean poem. Written from experience of teenagers in a pool hall, Gwendolyn Brooks combines slick diction with an unusual poetic form, creating rebels.
The themes of gender relations and traditional gender roles play an important part in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
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.
Didn't have time to read the book? Read this comprehensive plot summary instead. Contains the explanation of Selvon's most important themes and features.
Peter Pan, or Peter and Wendy, published in 1911, is an iconic example of surprisingly dark turn-of-the-century children’s literature. This novelization was published several years after the play.
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.
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.
Romanticism is one of the most influential movements in art, philosophy and literature. Discover who the Romantic Poets and Philosophers were and why they had such an impact on the world we know today.
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.
"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.
Jacksonville, Florida, native James Weldon Johnson composed his tribute to his adopted New York City in a surprising Petrarchan sonnet.
The curious history behind the popular nursery rhyme sing a song of sixpence takes us to Tudor times of Henry VIII to the Pirates of the Caribbean via the splendours of gastronomy.
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.
Breaking Out is a free verse poem about a girl who longs to escape the abuse from her parents. Serious issues are brought to light in Marge Piercy's poem, freedom and human rights being just two.
Where I'm From is a poem all about identity and the places and things of memory that make us what we are. From clothespins to those special moments that create our uniqueness and George Lyon's.
Langston Hughes, champion of black causes, wrote this short, powerful poem questioning the delay or postponement of individual and collective dreams.
Some literary scholars, most famously Joseph Campbell, talk about the monomyth. The idea is that each work of fiction is just a representative of a larger archetypal myth. But I have doubts.
An essay explaining the neccessity of an empathetic fatherly figure in a boy's life, using the novel "Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
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.
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.
The main themes of Hate v Love, Nature v Nurture and Good v Evil in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
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?
A traditional fourteen line sonnet full of texture and unusual rhythms. Hopkins the religious poet seeks to express his love of the divine in nature, contrasting the effects humans have on the world.
Pablo Neruda was a great poet. Did you read his poetry? Here is a list of 5 most famous Neruda’s poems you will enjoy reading.
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.
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.
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.
In depth analysis of Elizabeth Bishop's timeless Sestina, a complex unrhymed poem about a grandmother and a child in the kitchen of a house. A repetitive, magical and mysterious poem.
This article is an analysis of "The Dead" by James Joyce. It explores the themes of repetition and the "living dead."
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.
This is a literary analysis of feminist, sociologist, and novelist, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" discussing the use of mental illness in literature.
Countee Cullen's poem deals with God and the awesome power he wields, over humans and the mole. Still, a black poet can sing. It is a traditional 14 line sonnet in iambic pentameter with full rhyme.
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.
Snake, one of D.H.Lawrence's celebrated animal poems, is a personal account of a meeting with a Sicilian viper. This analysis will guide both student and poetry lover through the layers of meaning.
In this article I’ll be introducing a brief overview of the concept of the Grotesque in literature. By the end of this article, you should be able to recognize what qualities make something grotesque.
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 speaker taunts the "dark lady" demeaning her looks, decrying her ability to attract him physically, yet insisting that he foolishly remains in her clutches.
"Things Fall Apart" is a response and identification of the effects of the colonialism of Igboland and the danger of a single story.
A look at the novel "Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza" by world-renowned feminist, cultural activist, and author Gloria Anzaldua.
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.
A black female poet speaks to the white establishment in this short poem. Taken from her home in Africa, Phillis Wheatley ended up in Boston where she wrote verse and eventually to became free.
The famous poet Virgil Wikimedia Commons Dido, the Phoenician Queen in Virgil's The Aeneid, is a tragic character who is a victim of the will of the gods. Enchanted by the god Amor, Dido becomes hopelessly enamored with Aeneas and abandons all else...
A short Victorian poem which Henley wrote whilst in hospital. Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill have all used the poem for inspiration and guidance. Invictus means unconquerable.
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.
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.
A short story contains 3,500-7,500 words, while a novel contains 40,000 - 320,000. Learn all the differences between a short story, novelette, novella, and a novel.
This article explores the arguments for and against the idea that Charles Bukowski was a misogynist. It includes an assessment of Bukowski's background, criticism of his novel, Women, and the infamous kicking incident filmed during a Barbet Schroeder interview.
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.
Margaret Atwood's ironic take on the classic Greek myth of the sirens and their irresistible song. A feminist poem with a subtle twist, Siren Song lures the reader into a false sense of understanding.
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.
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.
Wendell Berry's short poem The Peace of Wild Things sums up the human need for time spent in nature, away from stress, headline news and anxieties about the future. The main theme, that of human nature versus nature is explored through allusion and simple language relating to stillness and calm.
Forgetfulness, from Billy Collins, focuses on the gradual loss of memory all humans experience from time to time but especially in old age. Using personification and metaphor amongst other figurative devices, this poem builds up examples of forgetfulness with wit and charm and a comic element.
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.
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.
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 total effect of a novel depends not only on its innate impact, but upon the experience, literary and otherwise, with which it was approached." Flannery O'Connor, Total Effect and the Eighth Grade As one of the most overlooked and...
Kim Addonizio's poem is sharp and provocative and concentrates on a red dress, a metaphor for independence and feminine expression. In simple, direct language What Do Women Want? conveys a hard truth.
Sterling A. Brown's "Southern Cop" dramatically portrays a bundle of anger, authority, rage, and racism. The importance of the speaker weighs more heavily than the actual characters in the poem.
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.
An early poem of Heaney's that takes the reader back to his childhood and the devastating death of his young brother. In a subtle, controlled form, powerful imagery emerges out of this family scene.
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.
What can we learn from Hamlet's soliloquies? How does Shakespeare show his talents through these soliloquies? This article will attempt to answer both of these questions.
A biographical analysis of Virginia Woolf and her use of fictional characters to reflect the struggle of mental illness in her life and in her marriage.
Aphrodite is a woman who changes herself to be whatever her current man wants her to be. She may not realize that she does this. She is the muse who inspires men to write poems and songs.
Sylvia Plath shows the reader the dilemma that a woman faces in her life through the story of Esther Greenwood.
A short poem, an extended metaphor exploring the tension between mother and daughter as the child grows up. When to let go?
The difference between postmodernism and modernism in literature is not always easy to establish. This article will give you an overview and comparison of both cultural currents.
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.
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.
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?
Author Cain is still my favorite writer and I just finished reading a Steven King book for the first time. I've heard Mr. King has dictated his series, Mr. Mercedes, to James M Cain.
Seamus Heaney's "Whatever You Say, Say Nothing" is displayed in four parts. The piece dramatizes a rough-style free verse with an irregularly paced rime scheme.
Susan Sontag' book, On Photography, is a unique book examining society's relationship to photographs. In my analysis of the first chapter, "In Plato's Cave", I elaborate on what Sontag is trying to say and argue against some of her statements. It all comes down to a person's judgement and information.
Scout has many experiences with loss of innocence throughout Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird and learns many lessons along the way.
This article explains how to identify and understand theme in literature in very simple and concrete terms. Designed for secondary students through graduate students, this thought process will help make the concept of theme clear and accessible.
The basic aspects and definition of autobiography including common characteristics such as perspective, identity, and introspection.
'Come live with me and by my love' by Christopher Marlowe is one of the most loved pastoral poems of all time. This article gives an explanation and contextual analysis of this 16th-century appeal to a sweetheart to join the speaker in a country idyll.
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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.
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.
Herein lies a detailed analysis of Edgar Allen Poe's famous short story "The Cask of Amontillado." This story of a vengeful murder is still popular today, even 150 years after it was published.
Should we read the Jack Reacher books in order? And what is the reading order anyway for Lee Child's books?
Robert Frost's "A Girl's Garden" dramatizes a little story often told by the speaker's neighbor, who enjoys telling her little tale about growing and nurturing a garden when she was just a girl.
The fox in the poet's imagination eventually becomes the poem, emerging into the snow of the blank page as the poet sits writing a poem about a fox.
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.
D. H. Lawrence's "Last Lesson of the Afternoon" features a teacher who dramatizes the uninspired performance of his lackluster students.
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.
One of Shakespeare's most popular love sonnets, the poet is comparing his lover to a summer's day and finding the lover more lovely. Full analysis includes critical look at rhythm, rhyme and syntax.
A look at two of fiction's greatest wizards. Gandalf and Saruman were central characters to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga.
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.
A sonnet that combines Greek mythology and world events, resulting in a powerful poem, a metaphor for the violence inherent in the cyclic nature of human history, as seen by the mystic Yeats.
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.
William Carlos Williams wanted to capture the simple moments in daily life, using ordinary words in extraordinary ways. This Is Just To Say is an apology note to his wife and contains cold plums.
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.
The famous Philippine fable, Ibong Adarna in English and Filipino / Tagalog versions are here. If you're looking for the summary and the characters, I've included them, too. I love this mythical story! Cheers for fairytale lovers!
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?
My brief analysis and personal reaction to Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B". The focus includes diversity, perspective, and truth.
This article explores the origin of drama. It also shows us the development of drama through various stages. The origin of drama is deeply rooted in the Church.
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.
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.
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.
American author Annie Dillard's 1974 book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Chapter 2: "Seeing" is all about the way people see the world. This essay offers a unique interpretation of Dillard's ideas about vision and reality. Sometimes imagination can be the opposition to happiness when reality becomes blurred by perceptual values of the extreme: light and dark. This essay is how I explain Dillard views how the mind and the sense of sight interact, therefore what that means to us.
'The Emperor's New Clothes' is a fairy tale for children, but it is also a perceptive commentary on the human condition. In this review I look at the story, its history and its great wisdom
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 are some notes on the way different political, economic, and social theories manifest themselves in Jack London's Call of the Wild.
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!
Hawk Roosting is a powerful poem that focuses on a hawk as it sits overlooking its domain. Ted Hughes gives the hawk a human mind, personifies it, and explores the raptor's reason for existence. Contains raw and savage language. Some think the theme is political dominance, the hawk being a fascist.
A writer's notebook or inspiration journal is a great way to inspire yourself through quotes, writing prompts, poems, pictures, or really anything else you find interesting.
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.
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.
Escape the urban hell of the city and make for the island of your dreams, where peace comes dripping slow. A timeless classic from Yeats, with music and rhythm all his own. Full analysis.
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!
Cozy Apologia is Rita Dove's ironic take on a romantic relationship with husband Fred. The speaker waits for a hurricane to hit and starts to daydream about her love and past acquaintances. Lyrical, fun and touching, this poem is a monologue on intimacy and time well spent.
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?
Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer who produced a lot of poetry books in his lifetime (there are over sixty books currently in publication at the last count). It wasn't easy to choose, but here are what I believe to be the 5 best Charles Bukowski poetry books.
In the ancient tale of Gilgamesh women represent not only great wisdom and power but also temptation and ruin.
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.
Dickens places Pip in a world layered with guilt in "Great Expectations" to show the reader the effect that environment has on development.
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.
In the novel Emma, Jane Austen addresses many issues important to women, making her a feminist of her time.
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.
An analysis of Max Ehrmann's didactic prose poem "Desiderata." The wise advice in these calming lines from 1927 still holds strong in the twenty-first century.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
One of America's earliest poets wore many hats as he was a poet, a journalist, and a half-century long editor of the New York Evening Post. He was a romantic poet who wrote some of the great masterpieces of American poetry. He is none other than...
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?
A thriving family once lived in this abandoned farmhouse. What happened to the farmer? Why did they all have to leave? Only the toys and objects are left to speak for those now absent.
The Boscombe Valley Mystery is one of the early stories about Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a tale of murder where the police arrest the wrong person.
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 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.
An analysis of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, Chapter 13: Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery, and the theme of equality for body and mind, thus equality by nature.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
The Lost Woman is an elegy and focuses on grief, family love and a daughter's loss. But there is also mystery and tension. The death of a mother is never easy to handle. Subtle and powerful poem.
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.
When closely analyzed, many characters in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland exhibit mental illnesses. Was this a conscious decision? If so, why did Carroll do this? Continue reading to find out!
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.
What is the oldest story ever written? - The Epic of Gilgamesh was written over 4,000 years ago on cuneiform clay tablets. It recounts a king's quest to overcome death, and the original story of the Great Flood.
In her work, "A New England Nun," Mary E. Wilkins Freeman illustrates a woman's struggle with the commitment of marriage. This essay examines how Freeman illustrates the feminine struggle to be independent while being dedicated to a man.
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.
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.
Analysis of Seamus Heaney's sonnet #5, one of eight he wrote in memory of his mother. This 14 line poem about mother and son taking sheets off a washing line has deeper meaning.
Choose Life The poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, by Dylan Thomas is a son’s plea to a dying father. His purpose is to show his father that all men face the same end, but they fight for life, nonetheless. “Old age...
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.
Sarah Orne Jewett and Ernest Hemingway both use nature to develop the main characters in their short stories.
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?
Emily Dickinson's genius for capturing the unusual and transcendent is precisely expressed in this, one of her longest and best known poems. Summary and full analysis.
Painful yet hilarious, this book is one of the most brutally honest and necessary books of our time, about mental disorders, hope, and humor, even when you sometimes have to ride the spiral downward.
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.
Her Kind is an early poem by Anne Sexton, published in her first book To Bedlam and Part Way Back. It is full of dark imagery, written as the poet was battling against depression and inner demons.
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?
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.
Full text. A love poem, The Last Ride Together is a dramatic monologue of a rejected lover. The structure is formal but the content is a fine exploration of the passions between a male and a female.
Experimental, innovative, plain weird, romantic - this love poem is unconventional in style, so typical of e.e.cummings.
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.
Analysis of the sources used to create and craft Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?"
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.
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.
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.
Modern American literature evolved from the early foundations of the country’s literary ancestors. The European explorers brought their writing system with them to the New World. They wrote journals, letters, and narratives of their experience in this new place. When the European explorers discovered the New World it was already inhabited by millions of Native Americans. Despite not possessing a writing system the Native Americans had a vast oratory literary collection of culture, history, and r
A line-by-line analysis of the elements used by Robert Frost within his poem "After Apple Picking" that give it depth and meaning.
A really short poem that can spark off many a debate on the subject of being a nobody versus being a somebody. Written in Emily Dickinson's dashed off style.
These slogans in the novel 1984 underscore the destructiveness of believing in contradictions and encompass one of the overarching themes of the book.
A powerful war poem, a sonnet, written whilst Owen was in hospital in 1917. The poet highlights the madness of war and the many young men who die 'as cattle.' Part elegy, part cry for justice.
Erotic fantasy or religious experience? Emily Dickinson was known as the virgin recluse but Wild Nights suggests that her passions ran deep and her yearnings for release were genuine enough. A poem about a liaison with God or a relationship with someone she knew? Ambiguous and metaphorical.
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.
This article analyses the text Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. This includes an analysis of the effect of the setting, the issue of female and religious oppression, archetypes, etc.