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  • 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 Poem Digging by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem Digging by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • When Marie Howe's young brother died of AIDS complications, she wrote What the Living Do as a life-affirming poem. Despite the trivial day-to-day things we do, wanting more life, remembrance is vital.

    Analysis of "What the Living Do" by Marie Howe

    Analysis of "What the Living Do" by Marie Howe

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • What are the major fiction genres today? They are much different than they were ten years ago.

    The Major Fiction Genres

    The Major Fiction Genres

    by Rebecca Graf0

  • William Shakespeare's sonnet 144 brings together two loves: a man right fair and a woman coloured ill, making this a sonnet of the triangular love affair. Agony in ecstasy, heaven in hell, doubt.

    Analysis of Sonnet 144 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 144 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • "But what are kings, when regiment is gone, but perfect shadows in a sunshine day?" What are rights without responsibilities? This article examines the tragic irony of kingship in Marlowe's Edward II

    Edward II by Christopher Marlowe: Irony of Kingship

    Edward II by Christopher Marlowe: Irony of Kingship

    by Monami0

  • Dickinson's "There is a word" features one of the poet's many poems that may qualify as riddles. She keeps the reader guessing until the end when she finally reveals the "word" that "bears a sword."

    0008. Emily Dickinson's "There Is a Word"

    0008. Emily Dickinson's "There Is a Word"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

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  • "Win Bigly" by Scott Adams is equal parts an introduction to persuasion, political commentary, and psychology.

    Win Bigly: A Book Review

    Win Bigly: A Book Review

    by Tamara Wilhite1

  • This blog is about three poems about death and the analysis of each poem.

    Poetry and Death

    Poetry and Death

    by Ezria Copper0

  • The irony in the title of Thornburg's "Serving the South" serves the hatred spewed by a Northern bigot on a fancied journey through the South land of the United States.

    Thomas Thornburg's "Serving the South"

    Thomas Thornburg's "Serving the South"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • An analysis of Baldeo's character in "The Tiger In The Tunnel" by Ruskin Bond to understand the elements of heroism exhibited by a humble tribal watchman set against the indomitable forces of Nature.

    Presentation of Baldeo in "The Tiger in The Tunnel"

    Presentation of Baldeo in "The Tiger in The Tunnel"

    by Monami3

  • An excellent book for the relationship of the French military to the French nation before the Great War, but not as convincing for the French nation's relationship to the French army.

    Book Review: March to the Marne by Douglas Porch

    Book Review: March to the Marne by Douglas Porch

    by Ryan Thomas1

  • The good reverend is miffed that his lifetime of sermons, contained in an old trunk and purchased at auction by a bar-keeper, were burned like a pile of waste paper.

    092. Edgar Lee Masters' "Rev. Abner Peet"

    092. Edgar Lee Masters' "Rev. Abner Peet"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Analysis of "Fog" by Carl Sandburg

    Analysis of "Fog" by Carl Sandburg

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Mark Doty was out shopping when he came across a fresh fish display and was struck by the elegance of the mackerel. His poem explores individuality, grief and the mystery of the common good.

    Analysis of "A Display of Mackerel" by Mark Doty

    Analysis of "A Display of Mackerel" by Mark Doty

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • A detailed psychological study of the Boss's character in Katherine Mansfield's story "The Fly," in context of the anxieties and despair of post-war England and its psychological implications.

    The Boss in Katherine Mansfield's "The Fly"

    The Boss in Katherine Mansfield's "The Fly"

    by Monami0

  • An in-depth article on the question regarding who is the hero of Milton's "Paradise Lost." The article takes into account multiple critical approaches to reach a final verdict.

    Who Is the Hero of

    Who Is the Hero of "Paradise Lost"?

    by Monami1

  • There are good authors and then there are great authors. These are the greatest writers to have ever graced the page with the swipe of a pen.

    10 of the Best Authors in Literature

    10 of the Best Authors in Literature

    by Matt Zamudio3

  • "Barry Holden" is serving as a juror in the murder trial of Dr. Duval, who stands accused of murdering his pregnant lover, Zora Clemens.

    77. Edgar Lee Masters’ "Barry Holden"

    77. Edgar Lee Masters’ "Barry Holden"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • After years of teaching groups of seniors about writing their life stories, I'm sharing here my tips on Memoir Writing. I hope you are writing your own memories for future generations.

    Tips on How to Write a Memoir

    Tips on How to Write a Memoir

    by Virginia Allain3

  • After an illness from which she seemed to recovering, the vague, pathetic Pauline Barrett decides to take her own life because of the loss of marital intimacy.

    087.  Edgar Lee Masters' "Pauline Barrett"

    087. Edgar Lee Masters' "Pauline Barrett"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "You're" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem "You're" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The Adventure of the Dancing Men is a famous short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that sees the consulting detective having to decipher a code that looks like a child's drawing.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Dancing Men

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Dancing Men

    by Colin Quartermain2

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Yet Do I Marvel" by Countee Cullen

    Analysis of Poem "Yet Do I Marvel" by Countee Cullen

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • While most noted for his American classic, Spoon River Anthology, a sequence of epitaphs, Edgar Lee Masters did write and publish other works, including other poems. "Silence" is one of those poems.

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Silence"

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Silence"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The speaker in "My Prisoner" begins with a prison metaphor that transforms into a cloister, wherein the devotee/speaker will retain his Divine Captive.

    Paramahansa Yogananda's  "My Prisoner"

    Paramahansa Yogananda's "My Prisoner"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The House of Seven Gables is the title of a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is also a place in Salem, Massachusetts that can be visited and admired. Learn about the real house and the fictional one.

    The House of Seven Gables

    The House of Seven Gables

    by Harry Nielsen1

  • In Paramahansa Yogananda’s "Leave Thy Vow of Silence," the ardent speaker lovingly but somewhat forlornly supplicates to his Creator to remove the veil of separation between Himself and the devotee.

    Paramahansa Yogananda’s

    Paramahansa Yogananda’s "Leave Thy Vow of Silence"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Rev. Lemuel Wiley's account of himself is short and sweet: he had a long career of saving souls and saving the Bliss family shines brightest in his memory. Although Mrs. Bliss would disagree.

    090. Edgar Lee Masters' "Rev. Lemuel Wiley"

    090. Edgar Lee Masters' "Rev. Lemuel Wiley"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • A study of Shakespeare's portrayal of Viola in "Twelfth Night," focusing on the ingenuity, practical wisdom, and exceptional maturity that make her one of the most powerful female stage characters.

    Viola in William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    Viola in William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    by Monami0

  • The epigraphic inscription accompanying "Divine Love Sorrows" says, "The music of Fritz Kreisler’s ‘Liebesleid’ inspired Paramahansaji to write these words for it."

    Paramahansa Yogananda's "Divine Love Sorrows"

    Paramahansa Yogananda's "Divine Love Sorrows"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Isa Nutter suffered from a seemingly mysterious illness, but his complaint gradually reveals his problem along with how he apparently solved it.

    084. Edgar Lee Masters' "Isa Nutter"

    084. Edgar Lee Masters' "Isa Nutter"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Daniel Sempere, 10 yrs old, selects an obscure novel from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, not knowing that his selection of Julian Carax and uncloaking his mysteries will endanger and begin his life.

    "The Shadow of the Wind": Book Discussion and Recipe

    "The Shadow of the Wind": Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch7

  • The misspelling of "rime" entered English through Dr. Samuel Johnson’s mistake about the word’s origin. The error is so pervasive that many editors will not allow a writer to use the original term.

    Rime vs Rhyme: An Unfortunate Error

    Rime vs Rhyme: An Unfortunate Error

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Stephen King really outdid himself with his Opus, the Dark Tower series. Once you read a few pages of Book 2, you will not be able to stop. The first book lays the groundwork, but don't skip it!

    The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

    The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

    by Jean Bakula28

  • 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."

    Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy"

    Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Quentin is a high school boy who lives next door to the girl of his dreams, who takes him for a night of adventure then disappears. He must unravel her clues to find the paper town and the paper girl.

    "Paper Towns": Book Discussion and Recipe

    "Paper Towns": Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch1

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  • Sara Smythe is managerette of new luxury apartments in NY. 100 years later, Bailey is renovating the apartments. How did Sara wind up in jail for murder? An engrossing tragedy of the lost Gilded Age.

    The Address Book Discussion and Recipe

    The Address Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch0

  • Eve Merriam's neat little poem "How to Eat a Poem" is aimed at children but is wholesome enough for adults too. She encourages the reader to open up and taste the poetic experience.

    Analysis of "How to Eat a Poem" by Eve Merriam

    Analysis of "How to Eat a Poem" by Eve Merriam

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio

    Analysis of Poem "What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Analysis of "Alone" by Maya Angelou

    Analysis of "Alone" by Maya Angelou

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • Mrs. Charles Bliss is lamenting her marriage, but even more strongly she is lamenting the advice offered her and her husband early on by a clergyman and a judge.

    088. Edgar Lee Masters' "Mrs. Charles Bliss"

    088. Edgar Lee Masters' "Mrs. Charles Bliss"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Filled with the beautiful poetry of magic and the thrilling dangers of corruption, "Uprooted" is saga for anyone who’s wondered what became of the beauty who lived in a tower with a dragon sorcerer.

    "Uprooted" Book Discussion and Recipe

    "Uprooted" Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch8

  • An in-depth analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet # 73, focusing on the tone, imagery, diction, and poetic merits of the beautiful poem "That Time of the Year..."

    Analysing William Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

    Analysing William Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

    by Monami0

  • Examine your birthmarks because Seth Tomko reviews Sula.

    Review of Sula

    Review of Sula

    by Seth Tomko0

  • A Christmas poem by England's Great Nature Poet, William Wordsworth. The poem is about an old Christmas Eve custom of village musicians visiting homes in the Parish to entertain and offer good wishes

    Analysis of

    Analysis of "Minstrels" by William Wordsworth

    by GlenR8

  • One man's journey and what he was thankful for in the end. A book discovered while on a reading binge. I am reading all of Cain's novels and this is a review of my impressions of "The Moth."

    James M. Cain's Lesser Known Classic Novel

    James M. Cain's Lesser Known Classic Novel

    by Sherry Venegas7

  • Jefferson Howard claims he fought a valiant fight. What he fought for, he never reveals. But he claims that he was a courageous and even audacious man, disdaining churched but enjoying bars.

    093. Edgar Lee Masters' "Jefferson Howard"

    093. Edgar Lee Masters' "Jefferson Howard"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • John Reed's "Operating Room" is based on his real-life experiences. A poem with atmosphere and strong imagery, it was written in 1917 but still has a modern edge. Contains similes and metaphors.

    Analysis of "Operating Room" by John Reed

    Analysis of "Operating Room" by John Reed

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • A humorous foray into summer love and second chances at Butternut Lake, featuring a librarian mother who loves Jane Austen, her rebellious teen, and a sympathetic listener, a Labrador named Murphy.

    The Light in Summer Book Discussion and Recipe

    The Light in Summer Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch6

  • The flaming atheist, Wendell P. Bloyd, blames his ultimate death on his blasphemy, which, in fact, merely consisted of his misinterpretation of a few lines from the Genesis creation story.

    79. Edgar Lee Masters’ "Wendell P. Bloyd"

    79. Edgar Lee Masters’ "Wendell P. Bloyd"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The speaker in Robert Frost poem, "To E. T.," expresses his musings about his friendship with a fellow poet, who died serving as a soldier in World War I.

    Robert Frost's "To E. T."

    Robert Frost's "To E. T."

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • A psychological thriller about five women who carry ghosts and long-buried secrets, and the one reporter whose curiosity led to unraveling the tragic truths that began at a demolished apartment site.

    "The Child" Book Discussion and Recipe

    "The Child" Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch5

  • Sophie experiences many losses of innocence throughout the novel at the hands of the Nazis, her family, her lovers, and herself. These losses are too much for her to bear in the end.

    Loss of Innocence in Sophie's Choice

    Loss of Innocence in Sophie's Choice

    by Jennifer Wilber0

  • 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.

    Turtles All the Way Down Book Discussion and Recipe

    Turtles All the Way Down Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch1

  • Two young boys’ wanderings along dangerous coastlands and discovery of a rifle will lead to such monstrosities, one will suppress them as an adult, leaving only his brother to tell their horror story.

    The Loney Book Discussion and Recipe

    The Loney Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch5

  • The original altar to God is the spine in the human body. By pulling the fallen consciousness from the base of the spine back to the brain, the human soul regains the paradise that it has lost.

    George Herbert's "The Altar"

    George Herbert's "The Altar"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2