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  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNiece

    Analysis of Poem Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNiece

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Many people believe that the character of Sherlock Holmes was based on one of Doyle's medical teacher's Doctor Joseph Bell. Bell was a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and was a student of observation and deduction. To illustrate this, he would often pick a stranger and, by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. Doctor Watson was based on Doyle, himself.

    Sherlock Holmes: Things to Know About Doctor John Watson

    Sherlock Holmes: Things to Know About Doctor John Watson

    by Christopher Peruzzi7

  • We've all heard quotes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, but have you ever stopped to wonder what they mean? Here are 10 life lessons from Alice in Wonderland.

    10 Life Lessons From Alice in Wonderland

    10 Life Lessons From Alice in Wonderland

    by Tawnya16

  • 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.

    How to Start a Writer's Notebook

    How to Start a Writer's Notebook

    by Chloe40

  • Chanel Cleeton captures more than the essence of Cuba, she brings a country and its passions to life, while showing how to hold empathy even for an enemy, and fury even for a comrade. Our hearts our broken at each loss, each death, yet still somehow filled with hope, like a true Cuban.

    "Next Year in Havana" Book Discussion and Tropical Cupcakes Recipe

    "Next Year in Havana" Book Discussion and Tropical Cupcakes Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch1

  • William Shakespeare's Sonnet #2 has a procreation theme, the speaker urging the mysterious 'fair youth' to have children, thus sustaining his beauty, before he gets too old and tattered.

    Analysis of Sonnet 2 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 2 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Gwynn Dyer's "Climate Wars":  A Summary Review

    Gwynn Dyer's "Climate Wars": A Summary Review

    by Doc Snow20

  • In Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time," the speaker's carpe diem agenda is to command young unmarried women to hurry up and marry before they become old and haggard, and thus so undesirable that they are unable to attract a mate.

    Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"

    Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The second installment in the "All Souls Trilogy" is a brilliant continuation of Deborah Harkness's "A Discovery of Witches".

    "Shadow of Night" Book Review

    by Victoria Cook1

  • Seamus Heaney's Mossbawn: Sunlight is a dedicatory poem to his aunt Mary who lived with the family on their farm. It evokes Heaney's childhood past and the idyllic relationship he forged with Mary but also highlights the present. Using metaphor, assonance and rich language the poem oozes love.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Mossbawn: Sunlight" by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • In his poem, "Lapis Lazuli," W. B. Yeats has his speaker explore the issue of peace and tranquility despite a chaotic environment.

    W. B. Yeats' "Lapis Lazuli"

    W. B. Yeats' "Lapis Lazuli"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • A definition for what is style in English Literature and why it is important. This article also provides quotes from authors about style in literature and information about the basic elements of literary style.

    What Is Style in English Literature?

    What Is Style in English Literature?

    by Lisa7

  • The poetry of the early modern period into the age of enlightenment forged the way for romantic literature. William Shakespeare’s sonnets of the 17th century as well as William Blake’s and William Wordsworth’s poetry of 18th century follow the romantic formula of expressing emotion through the delightful language, rhythm, and meter of the written word. An emotional tie that these three writers of romanticism have is the idea of memories, and the wistful, happy, and sometimes sorrowful connecti

    Emotion in Romantic Modern Literature

    Emotion in Romantic Modern Literature

    by Nancy Snyder2

  • 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.

    Robert Frost's "A Girl's Garden"

    Robert Frost's "A Girl's Garden"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • Sylvia Plath's free verse poem Stings is one of five in her Bee Sequence, written during her break up with fellow poet Ted Hughes. Using powerful imagery focused on the hive, a metaphor for society, the poet explores her own identity in relation to the fated Queen Bee.

    Analysis of Poem "Stings" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem "Stings" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Analysis of the Poem "The Emigree" by Carol Rumens

    Analysis of the Poem "The Emigree" by Carol Rumens

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

    Early American Literature: European Settlers and Native American Storytelling

    Early American Literature: European Settlers and Native American Storytelling

    by Nancy Snyder13

  • Horace Walpole introduced the world to Gothic fiction, employing elements of the supernatural as well as the everyday, the first time for the purpose of terrifying its audience.

    Dare to Scare: The Origins of Gothic Literature

    Dare to Scare: The Origins of Gothic Literature

    by Kristen Willms0

  • The speaker in Frost's "A Prayer in Spring" is saying an uncomplicated prayer focusing on love and gratitude that is traditionally on display during the season of Thanksgiving.

    Robert Frost's "A Prayer in Spring"

    Robert Frost's "A Prayer in Spring"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Anne Sexton and the Poetry of Mental Illness

    Anne Sexton and the Poetry of Mental Illness

    by Andrew Spacey19

  • Carol Ann Duffy is the first female Poet Laureate ever in the United Kingdom. Her collection, The Feminine Gospels is about to go on the national A Level syllabus for 2013. As The World's Wife collection takes a backseat, here is an analysis of the poem History - from the Feminine Gospels (2002). It is about the plight of an elderly woman as she nears death alone at home.

    Poem Analysis: The Feminine Gospels - History by Carol Ann Duffy

    Poem Analysis: The Feminine Gospels - History by Carol Ann Duffy

    by Lisa McKnight8

  • The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet V continues to lament his lot while commanding of his Beloved Creator that He use even the strongest methods for cleansing the speaker's heart, mind, and soul.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet V

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet V

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson's short poem has attracted much critical attention, in focusing on the ambiguity in the use of the term, "hypocritic."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Days"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Days"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Stephen King, a master of horror, and one of my favorite entertainers. A look at the life and work of the great horror master, Stephen King.

    My Favorite Writer:  Stephen King

    My Favorite Writer: Stephen King

    by Anna Marie Bowman30

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa

    Analysis of Poem "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • A classic fairy tale takes on a whole new perspective in Anne Sexton’s poem, Cinderella. Sexton’s perspective on the acclaimed childhood story is fairly different than what popular culture and the media wishes to present.

    Analysis of Anne Sexton's Cinderella

    Analysis of Anne Sexton's Cinderella

    by LaniseBrown6

  • 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.

    A New England Nun by Mary E. Wilkins: Analysis and Summary

    A New England Nun by Mary E. Wilkins: Analysis and Summary

    by Brittany Kennedy5

  • Looking at the main traditions in Irish folk tales - warrior myths, romantic tragedies, ghost stories and local fairy stories.

    A Guide to Irish Folk Tales

    A Guide to Irish Folk Tales

    by Marie McKeown14

  • Bernard Shaw should be a required reading in any British Literature course. He was an interesting individual with messages that are still pertinent today. Shaw was obsessed with the inequalities of society which led to his interest in socialism,...

    An Analysis of Bernard Shaw's

    An Analysis of Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession"

    by Drea DeFoe5

  • Rita Dove's "Testimonial" is a free verse poem about learning, innocence, discovery and responsibility. "The world called, and I answered" is a famous line that suggests there is a need for a positive response by all of us. By becoming conscious of the world around, the speaker becomes self-aware.

    Analysis of the Poem "Testimonial" by Rita Dove

    Analysis of the Poem "Testimonial" by Rita Dove

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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.

    Tanka: Poems for Kids - and adults

    Tanka: Poems for Kids - and adults

    by Holle Abee15

  • 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:

    Top 7 Most Famous Names That Are Actually Pen Names

    Top 7 Most Famous Names That Are Actually Pen Names

    by Blake Atkinson16

  • In this excerpt from This Sex, Irigaray draws on the work of Karl Marx and anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss to explain the commodification of women in “our” society. Irigaray begins with the statement that “The society we know, our own...

    Summary of "Women on the Market" by Luce Irigaray

    Summary of "Women on the Market" by Luce Irigaray

    by Kathryn Lamoreux0

  • Elizabeth Bishop's poem begins with a critical outburst of disgust at the dirty little filling station but ends in relief and love, a sort of redemption being reached. With day to day language, keen observation and an eye for detail the speaker absorbs the working scene, declares a sense of wonder

    Analysis of Poem "Filling Station" by Elizabeth Bishop

    Analysis of Poem "Filling Station" by Elizabeth Bishop

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Auto Wreck is a poem of vivid imagery written at a time when car crashes were relatively rare. It is a commentary on the actual accident scene but also explores human fragility and death.

    Analysis of Poem "Auto Wreck" by Karl Shapiro

    Analysis of Poem "Auto Wreck" by Karl Shapiro

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Top 5 Sidney Sheldon Books

    Top 5 Sidney Sheldon Books

    by Melanie Chisnall42

  • Hart Crane's last poem, The Broken Tower, written in Mexico, is full of symbolism, metaphor and vivid imagery in a musical lyric. The poet imagines the struggle between inner turmoil and creativity.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "The Broken Tower" by Hart Crane

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • Although Jay Gatsby is most commonly associated with nostalgia, all the major male characters in The Great Gatsby demonstrate longing for the past. Each indulges in nostalgia at some level and each is driven at least partly by futile longing for the past. Fitzgerald uses the obsession with the past which these men share to represent the nostalgic culture of America during the 1920s.

    Nostalgia in The Great Gatsby: The Green Light and Nick's Struggle with Nostalgia

    Nostalgia in The Great Gatsby: The Green Light and Nick's Struggle with Nostalgia

    by Adam Kullman5

  • In Dorothy Sayer's Gaudy Night, Latin quotations carry important subtexts that are inaccessible to modern readers. Here are my translations and interpretations of these phrases, to help you discover nuances which dictionaries and online translators cannot give you.

    Translations of Latin in Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night

    Translations of Latin in Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night

    by Ellen38

  • In Stephen Vincent Benét's ballad, the speaker is dramatizing the mind-set of an individual whose life is spent close to the land; thus, he prefers the rural, rustic life to life in the city. He also reveals his tranquil existence in the astral world after leaving his physical body.

    Stephen Vincent Benét's "The Ballad of William Sycamore"

    Stephen Vincent Benét's "The Ballad of William Sycamore"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • 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 Poem "Alone" by Maya Angelou

    Analysis of Poem "Alone" by Maya Angelou

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • 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.

    An Analysis of the Poem Snake by D.H.Lawrence

    An Analysis of the Poem Snake by D.H.Lawrence

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem The Applicant by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem The Applicant by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand

    Analysis of Poem "Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • the epic of Beowulf cannot be complete without analyzing Beowulf's Death. this page will examine Beowulf's death. Its purpose is to answer the questions: How did Beowulf die? Why did Beowulf die?

    The Death of Beowulf: Why and How Did Beowulf Die

    The Death of Beowulf: Why and How Did Beowulf Die

    by Ryan Buda2

  • A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic created by Charles Dickens. He wished to strike a blow on behalf of the children abused in factories. The story will forever haunt our homes.

    Inspiration for A Christmas Carol

    Inspiration for A Christmas Carol

    by Deborah Minter0

  • Despite being a late starter, Charles Bukowski had many lovers in middle life. He wrote about his women extensively in his poems and fiction, often with humor. This article takes a look at the wives and girlfriends of Charles Bukowski.

    The Wives and Girlfriends of Charles Bukowski

    The Wives and Girlfriends of Charles Bukowski

    by Paul Goodman4

  • Heaney's speaker in "Storm on the Island" is philosophizing about the quality of his island's homes and the quality of the residents' inner lives.

    Seamus Heaney's "Storm on the Island"

    Seamus Heaney's "Storm on the Island"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • You will find an abundance of articles about how to write long and short fiction, but few regarding how to read short fiction and enjoy it. Here are seven ways for you to learn to enjoy a short story.

    How to Read Very Short Fiction and Enjoy It

    How to Read Very Short Fiction and Enjoy It

    by Chris Mills29

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • W.S. Merwin's break up poem combines vivid imagery, metaphor and unusual simile. The speaker seems caught between confusion and mental anguish and is attempting to work out just what went wrong. The repeated line It isn't as simple as that reflects the complex workings of the heart.

    Analysis of Poem The Nails by W.S.Merwin

    Analysis of Poem The Nails by W.S.Merwin

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • 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...

    An Analysis of Queen Dido in Virgil's "The Aeneid"

    An Analysis of Queen Dido in Virgil's "The Aeneid"

    by Pilar Floyd8

  • The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIII continues his search for consolation that he will be forgiven his earlier sins of the flesh.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIII

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIII

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Beowulf is one of Western literature's greatest heroic epics. But who wrote Beowulf?

    Who Wrote Beowulf?

    Who Wrote Beowulf?

    by Josh Wilmoth6

  • The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet VII is commanding his beloved Creator to instruct him in true repentance, in order to receive the grace that he so strongly desires and needs.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet VII

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet VII

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Cozy Apologia" by Rita Dove

    Analysis of Poem "Cozy Apologia" by Rita Dove

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Since the 1960s, in Western culture, "duty" has been a dirty word. It smacks of kowtowing to authority, not being allowed to "do your own thing"; it cramps your style.

    William Wordsworth's "Ode to Duty"

    William Wordsworth's "Ode to Duty"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • Ok, the wet shirt scene made women swoon, but that's not the only reason. What makes this man the heartthrob of millions of women and the grudging hero of the many men whose significant other made them watch or read it? Could it be that the...

    Why Women Love Mr. Darcy

    Why Women Love Mr. Darcy

    by Winsome40

  • Destined for Fame, Self Imposed Turmoil, and Romantic Tragedy: A Compelling Life Account of Romania's Most Celebrated Poet

    Mihai Eminescu

    Mihai Eminescu

    by Ziyena Brazos0

  • Agatha Christie remains one of the most popular and famous of mystery writers. She often used poison to dispatch her victims. This article covers some of the common, and readily available, poisons she used, plus also the not-so common poisons.

    Poisons Used in Agatha Christie's Books

    Poisons Used in Agatha Christie's Books

    by Anne Harrison12

  • M.C. Escher created artworks of great beauty and rich, illusive design. These poems are inspired by his graphic, highly unusual masterpieces.

    Poems Inspired by M.C. Escher

    Poems Inspired by M.C. Escher

    by Andrew Spacey20

  • The "rags to riches" stories that Horatio Alger Jr. wrote in the late nineteenth century helped the population of the United States believe the myth that anyone could work hard and become rich, a "self made man". His readers ignored the moral...

    Horatio Alger: The Myth of the American Dream

    Horatio Alger: The Myth of the American Dream

    by ChemKnitsBlog25

  • Successful writers have come from all walks of life. Some writers such as Mark Twain, never attended college, while others, including Jack Kerouac and Jack London, dropped out of their academic studies for a variety of reasons.

    Famous Writers Who Dropped Out of College

    Famous Writers Who Dropped Out of College

    by Harry Nielsen7

  • The metaphorical refugee ship carries the chicana across the sea of language but she is estranged from her native tongue; mother never taught her Spanish. She needs English to make up for the loss.

    Analysis of Poem Refugee Ship by Lorna Dee Cervantes

    Analysis of Poem Refugee Ship by Lorna Dee Cervantes

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Tulips" by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem "Tulips" by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Marge Piercy's feminist poem belittles the stereotype of the perfect woman, suggesting that the patterns of behavior and body image touted by society cause little girls to kill themselves . . .

    Marge Piercy's "Barbie Doll"

    Marge Piercy's "Barbie Doll"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • The speaker in "Two Tramps in Mud Time" dramatizes his encounter with two unemployed lumberjacks who covet the speaker's wood-splitting task.

    Robert Frost's "Two Tramps in Mud Time"

    Robert Frost's "Two Tramps in Mud Time"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The speaker in Sonnet 138 makes a mockery of truth in a relationship, even as he offers a feeble defense of indefensible actions and thought.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 138

    Shakespeare Sonnet 138

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • John Keats' poem, "In a drear-nighted December," dramatizes the constancy of things in nature—a tree and a brook—while showing how different the human heart behaves.

    John Keats' "In drear-nighted December"

    John Keats' "In drear-nighted December"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • A suffering speaker talks with his Beloved Creator, as he prayerfully contemplates his mortality and immortality.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet I

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet I

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • The concept of escapism is a strong theme in Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie. Amanda, Laura, and Tom Wingfield all seek to escape the dull and depressing reality of their situation. They engage in escapism by retreating into their own fantasies which push them farther apart. The play uses their desire to escape reality to emphasize the role of the 1940s as an exciting escape from the 1930s.

    The Theme of Escapism in

    The Theme of Escapism in "The Glass Menagerie": How Tom Wingfield Uses Poetry and the Movies

    by Adam Kullman2

  • The speaker is becoming habituated to listening to her beloved tell her," I love you." Thus she is instructing him to tell her repeatedly those beautiful words.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 21

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 21

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The little sparrows is a short poem set on a local American street. Sparrows, an old man, dog dirt, a minister and a pulpit are all compared. It's a thought provoking study that deals with the tensions between real life and ideal thoughts. Short lines rule.

    An Analysis of William Carlos Williams' Poem "Pastoral"

    An Analysis of William Carlos Williams' Poem "Pastoral"

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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.

    The 16 Character Archetypes

    The 16 Character Archetypes

    by Jakd3

  • Sonnet 152 is the final sonnet that directly addresses the "dark lady"; it is quite fitting that it closes with the same complaint he has long issued against the woman.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 152

    Shakespeare Sonnet 152

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

    Analysis of Poem "Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Was Charles Bukowski a Misogynist?

    Was Charles Bukowski a Misogynist?

    by Paul Goodman16

  • The 17th century marked a shift from an age of faith to an age of reason. Literature represents the turbulence in society, religion, and the monarchy of this period. Life for the English people changed as religious controversy and civil war shook the nation. These issues reformulated the role of individuals in society, perspectives of faith, and social structures in England. Writers of this period offer their own philosophies as proof of the issues and influenced the masses. Specific examples of

    English Literature's Reflection of 17th Century Society

    English Literature's Reflection of 17th Century Society

    by Nancy Snyder10

  • This article provides an alternative way of looking at poetry designed around the way poets think when they are writing it. It provides tools and perspectives that remove the pressure of needing to “understand it” and replaces this with a sense of adventure and creative exploration.

    How to Read Poetry and Analyze a Poem

    How to Read Poetry and Analyze a Poem

    by wayseeker24

  • Langston Hughes's short poem I, Too gives a voice to the African American people, for so long treated as second class citizens in their own country. Using metaphor within free verse, Hughes focuses on the individual rights of a first person speaker, denied a seat at the table. From book Weary Blues

    Analysis of Poem I,Too by Langston Hughes

    Analysis of Poem I,Too by Langston Hughes

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

    Analysis of Poem Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Emily Dickinson's American (innovative) sonnet reveals an attitude dramatized in the Shakespeare sonnets: the poet's confidence in her creation of a world of beauty that will last forever.

    Emily Dickinson's "There is another sky"

    Emily Dickinson's "There is another sky"

    by Linda Sue Grimes6

  • 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.

    Book Review: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

    Book Review: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

    by MacPharlain22

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Love After Love" by Derek Walcott

    Analysis of Poem "Love After Love" by Derek Walcott

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Ernest Hemingway - an American Literary Giant

    Ernest Hemingway - an American Literary Giant

    by Wesman Todd Shaw20

  • India has a number of novelists who write in English.The celebrated contemporary authors are Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, Aravind Adiga, Anita Nair, Chetan Bagat, and Jeet Thayyil.

    Top 10 Famous  Indian English Novelists

    Top 10 Famous Indian English Novelists

    by Kumar Paral1

  • Women’s literature presents a unique view into the female American experience. America experienced many changes following the Civil War. The country was in a period of transformation, including political, economic, social, and literary shifts. As the country emerged into the Industrial Revolution female authors were forging a place for themselves in literary cannon. The feminist movement called into question the role of women in society and female authors responded by creating works presenting

    Women's Contribution to Early American Literature

    Women's Contribution to Early American Literature

    by Nancy Snyder10

  • Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, embodies emotion unfettered by moral or intellectual constraints. Shylocks' speech at the beginning of act four, scene one distances him from the rest of society and perpetuates his ostracism as his actions validate Antonio's attacks upon his character and depict him as a creature without morals but only emotion, and as an entity of pure evil when, despite the fact he realizes his own flaws in logic and all appeal to his compassion and mercy, he

    Analysis of the Villain Shylock in

    Analysis of the Villain Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice"

    by Pilar Floyd6

  • Dylan Thomas created a speaker to beg his father to rail against death in "Do Not Go Gentle"; in this poem, the poet's speaker dramatizes the truth that death cannot conquer the soul.

    Dylan Thomas'

    Dylan Thomas' "And Death Shall Have No Dominion"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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?

    Analysis of Poem "An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin

    Analysis of Poem "An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Literary Analysis and Viewpoint of Annie Dillard's Book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Chapter 2: "Seeing"

    Literary Analysis and Viewpoint of Annie Dillard's Book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Chapter 2: "Seeing"

    by Bridget A Brimer2

  • Shakespeare sonnet #18, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day,” is one of the bard’s most widely anthologized, and most widely misunderstood, sonnets. Hint: there is no person in this poem.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 18

    Shakespeare Sonnet 18

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 22

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 22

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • A deer is hit by a car driven by a teenage drunk who reacts by taking the severely injured animal back home. Big mistake? An angry father puts an end to the agony of the deer but what about the teen?

    Analysis of Poem "Deer Hit" by Jon Loomis

    Analysis of Poem "Deer Hit" by Jon Loomis

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • This is a close reading of the short story, “Everything in this Country Must” by Colum McCann, from the book of the same title. I must warn the reader that this piece contains many spoilers so read no further if that is a concern. ...

    "Everything in This Country Must" by Colum McCann: An Analysis

    by B.C. Hollywood4

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a classical work of fiction which everyone should read. If you enjoy a conflict between conscience and passion, you will certainly enjoy my Jane Eyre book review.

    Jane Eyre Book Review

    Jane Eyre Book Review

    by Paul Richard Kuehn35

  • A physician and a poet, William Carlos Williams, modernist, lived and worked in Rutherford, New Jersey most of his life. His poems deal with the everyday things in life, based on the local, becoming universal. Wheelbarrows, plums, people traits, starlings and flowers - No ideas but in things.

    Modern Poetry: William Carlos Williams Doctor and Poet

    Modern Poetry: William Carlos Williams Doctor and Poet

    by Andrew Spacey25

  • The Mary Poppins books were written by Pamela Lyndon Travers. The magical nanny is very popular, but her character is very different in the books than in the famous "Mary Poppins" movie. The Disney movie "Saving Mr. Banks" offers a semifictionalized look at the life of P. L. Travers.

    Mary Poppins: Books, Movies, and a Biography of P. L. Travers

    Mary Poppins: Books, Movies, and a Biography of P. L. Travers

    by Linda Crampton34

  • Nature had an extreme effect on the early settlers, both positive and negative. Many of them were drawn to America because of the tails of abundance and beauty to behold in America.

    The Influence of Nature on American Literature

    The Influence of Nature on American Literature

    by Kimberly Lake11

  • 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.

    10 Books Over 1000 Pages to Read

    10 Books Over 1000 Pages to Read

    by Lisa13

  • The speaker in sonnet 142 employs financial and legal metaphors to denounce the sins of the dark lady, as he accounts for his own sins against his soul.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 142

    Shakespeare Sonnet 142

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Storm Fear is a short poem using metaphor and strong imagery to explore mental isolation and the energy of a natural storm. But Frost's ambiguity means that the storm could represent something else: divine power? The human struggle against depression, fate, inner turmoil. Who is in control?

    Analysis of Poem Storm Fear by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem Storm Fear by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • Two lovers meet by a pond in winter but there is little to warm them. Even the sun seems cold and indifferent. Love has been cruel and the memory of that meeting is still painful. Classic Hardy.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Neutral Tones" by Thomas Hardy

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Anne Sexton's poem Ringing of Bells is based on her personal experience of being a mental institution patient. It's a kind of monologue in which the poet tries to make sense of a useless therapy?

    Analysis of Poem "Ringing The Bells" by Anne Sexton

    Analysis of Poem "Ringing The Bells" by Anne Sexton

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Musashi Miyamoto is a Samurai (Ronin) who knows no equal. A master of swordsmanship, weapons, and Niten Ichi-ryū strategy. Nearing the end of his life Musashi wrote two masterpieces, containing all his wisdom and years. The Dokkodo and Go Rin No Sho. The Dokkodo is an interesting read as it..

    Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkōdō: A Ronin's 21 Laws of Life

    Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkōdō: A Ronin's 21 Laws of Life

    by DogGodFrogLog8

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