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  • The word ballad has been taken from Latin word ballare, which means dancing song. Ballad is a shorter narrative poem, which comprises of short stanzas. Ballad is a poem, which is meant for singing.

    The Ballad: Definition, Types, and Characteristics

    The Ballad: Definition, Types, and Characteristics

    by Muhammad Rafiq42

  • Shakespeare's Sonnet 1. The first sonnet concentrates on beauty and the need to keep procreating by those who are blessed with good looks. Aimed at the Fair Youth, it entreats him to marry and have children before he dies.

    Analysis of Sonnet 1 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 1 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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 Chloe44

  • Donne's love poem, an aubade, contains a metaphysical conceit, an argument, a figure of speech involving imaginative use of unusual metaphor. The Good-Morrow is about the unity of love, two hemispheres forming one globe, the speaker waking up wondering what the lovers did 'till we loved?'

    Analysis of the Poem "The Good-Morrow" by John Donne

    Analysis of the Poem "The Good-Morrow" by John Donne

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • 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

  • The poet's baby son gets a wild-eyed stare that can look “through the ceiling of the room, and beyond,” leading the father to suspect that he might have a budding poet to contend with.

    James Weldon Johnson's "A Poet to His Baby Son"

    James Weldon Johnson's "A Poet to His Baby Son"

    by Linda Sue Grimes6

  • 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

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

    Who Wrote Beowulf?

    Who Wrote Beowulf?

    by Josh Wilmoth7

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Invictus" by W.E.Henley

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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 Monami1

  • 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 Tawnya17

  • When I have fears that I may cease to be is a sonnet by romantic John Keats. The speaker is fearful of the nothingness that awaits him before he's had time to fulfil his potential as a poet and lover and gain fame. Iambic pentameter dominates. Full end rhyme, metaphor and other literary devices.

    Analysis of Sonnet "When I Have Fears" by John Keats

    Analysis of Sonnet "When I Have Fears" by John Keats

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • Robert Frost is America's most beloved poet. He considered himself a "lone wolf." While other poets were clinging to schools of poetry, he clung only to poetry itself.

    Robert Frost:  A Lone Wolf

    Robert Frost:  A Lone Wolf

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • Roethke's villanelle is full of mystery and explores the nature of human identity. We think by feeling.What is there to know? Life is for living so learn by going where to go. A philosophical message.

    Analysis of Poem "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke

    Analysis of Poem "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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

  • How to Understand Shakespeare gives tips on getting to grips with the language, style and form of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

    How to Understand Shakespeare

    How to Understand Shakespeare

    by alliemacb17

  • "The Illegal" is a novel written by Lawrence Hill that explores important topics like immigration, disability, corruption, and other typical elements of a novel including romance. This book discussion answers some questions that help summarize and analyze the books plot, themes, and structure.

    Book Discussion:

    Book Discussion: "The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill

    by Nicholas Weissman0

  • An analysis of various characters from Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer with an emphasis on Andy Harris. Analysis of Responsibility in Into Thin Air with video and maps of Mt. Everest.

    Analysis of Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

    Analysis of Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

    by Laura Writes4

  • Poetic Form can be understood as the physical structure of the poem: the length of lines, their rhythms, their system of rhymes and repetition.

    Poetic Forms in English Literature

    Poetic Forms in English Literature

    by Devendri Gore16

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The world of literature is filled with horrid descriptions, and T. S. Eliot has contributed some of the most horrid. The mind of the Eliot observer, however, is most often the locus of the horror.

    T. S. Eliot's "Preludes"

    T. S. Eliot's "Preludes"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Qualifying as a riddle, Emily Dickinson's "I have a Bird in spring," offers a profound statement about the speaker's ability to see beyond the Earth level of physical reality.

    Emily Dickinson's "I have a Bird in spring"

    Emily Dickinson's "I have a Bird in spring"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Belgium has a fascinating cultural history of its own. As a neighbour of France, Germany, England and the Netherlands, it has been influenced by and has influenced many cultural superpowers. Here is a list of some of Belgium's most interesting authors and the works that made them once famous.

    Belgian Literature: Some Classic Authors and Works You Might Wish to Know

    Belgian Literature: Some Classic Authors and Works You Might Wish to Know

    by Douglas Redant0

  • The speaker in Bryant's "The Yellow Violet" celebrates the beginning of spring as he closely observes a yellow violet. He also appends his philosophical observation regarding modesty and humility.

    William Cullen Bryant's "The Yellow Violet"

    William Cullen Bryant's "The Yellow Violet"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The speaker addresses his Muse directly, even calling her "Muse"; he audaciously instructs her to inspire only the artist who has skill and right understanding, that is, of course, himself.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 100

    Shakespeare Sonnet 100

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • In "The Unknown Citizen," possibly one of his most memorable poems, Auden uses irony to perfection: what the speaker asserts on the surface is not what he really means at all--a masterful deception.

    Irony in W. H. Auden's Poem “The Unknown Citizen”

    Irony in W. H. Auden's Poem “The Unknown Citizen”

    by Yoon Sik Kim4

  • 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

  • A poem about Monet the French impressionist painter who refused to have surgery on his cataracts when he was older. He argued for imaginative perception as opposed to scientific correction. Lisel Mueller captures the essence of the artist's vision in a free verse single stanza. Powerful imagery.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Monet Refuses the Operation" by Lisel Mueller

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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

  • 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 Monami4

  • Willian Wordsworth's ballad, "The Idiot Boy," portrays the poet's dedication to establishing a poetry that involves simple, rural people in their natural environment.

    William Wordsworth's "The Idiot Boy"

    William Wordsworth's "The Idiot Boy"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • A librarian's reviews of the best new children’s narrative nonfiction books for grades K-6. These are books which convey factual information in a story format and use the techniques of storytelling. These nonfiction books are emphasized in the curriculum of the common core.

    A Review of the 21 Best New Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids

    A Review of the 21 Best New Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids

    by Adele Jeunette1

  • 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

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Insensibility" by Wilfred Owen

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • The sound of camp gear clanging as the horses thunder along becomes a melancholy image that pulls together this ballad as it sadly concludes in heartache.

    Henry Lawson's

    Henry Lawson's "The Ballad of the Drover"

    by Linda Sue Grimes4

  • 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 Goodman18

  • 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 Spacey1

  • 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 Schatzie Speaks9

  • 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.

    Analysis of Sestina by Elizabeth Bishop

    Analysis of Sestina by Elizabeth Bishop

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Discover some emotional, tragic, and touching short stories that will make you sad and, possibly, make you cry. Each selection has a short description and a link for easy reading.

    Sad Short Stories That Might Make You Cry Online

    Sad Short Stories That Might Make You Cry Online

    by Howard Allen0

  • The speaker continues to consider his lot vis-a-vis pain and suffering. He muses on the factors of his faith that strengthen his ability to face his own destiny.

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XI

    John Donne's Holy Sonnet XI

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • D. C. Berry's "On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High" employs an extended metaphor of fish, first frozen in a package and then swimming in an aquarium, to express the speaker's surprise at high school students who enjoyed his poetry reading.

    D. C. Berry's

    D. C. Berry's "On Reading Poems to a Senior Class at South High"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Death of a Naturalist is a blank verse poem that looks back on childhood, contrasting a boy's innocence with that of disillusionment in the perception of nature. The death is metaphorical: the boy loses his love of nature when fear invades his mind because of the menacing frogs 'cocked on sods'.

    Analysis of Poem Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • In sonnet 75 from Edmund Spenser's Amoretti, the speaker addresses indirectly his beloved, attempting to convince her that their love will live eternally.

    Edmund Spenser's Sonnet 75

    Edmund Spenser's Sonnet 75

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 Lisa14

  • 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!

    Mental Illness in Alice in Wonderland

    Mental Illness in Alice in Wonderland

    by Molly Stroud1

  • A poem full of drama, powerful language and poetic device, Wind is typical Ted Hughes in that here is described a struggle with nature, a battle with the elements. Six stanzas of tense physicality.

    Analysis of Poem "Wind" by Ted Hughes

    Analysis of Poem "Wind" by Ted Hughes

    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 MacPharlain24

  • Former U. S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser offers one of his fascinating observations, as he allows his speaker to speculate on the character of an aging, tattooed biker-type.

    Ted Kooser's "Tattoo"

    Ted Kooser's "Tattoo"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Breaking Out" by Marge Piercy

    Analysis of Poem "Breaking Out" by Marge Piercy

    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

  • Simic's "My Shoes" is a piece of drivel sounding like a workshop reject. We will look at the poem using the medium of that oh-so-serious postmodern poetry workshop where trivia and nonsense reign.

    Charles Simic's

    Charles Simic's "My Shoes"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Pike is one of Ted Hughes's best known animal poems. Brilliant imagery and keen insightful language make this a powerful tribute to what is according to some, the freshwater shark. Fishing was crucial for Hughes, he re-connected deep to nature when out with rod and line. Summary and full analysis.

    Analysis of Poem Pike by Ted Hughes

    Analysis of Poem Pike by Ted Hughes

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • This sonnet may be the weakest of the entire set of 154. The speaker is reaching here, striving to make clever a rather mundane little scenario that falls flat.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 145

    Shakespeare Sonnet 145

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Robert Frost's Gathering Leaves is more than just an innocent poem about fallen autumn leaves. It questions the cycle of life and our role within it. Short quatrains with rhyme add up to an intriguing poem.

    Analysis of Poem "Gathering Leaves" by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem "Gathering Leaves" by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey7

  • Classic English literature provides readers a look into the past. Middle English life was difficult unless born to nobility. The feudal system kept noble families in power whereas the lower class people worked to support the wealthy. Middle English literature offers creative representations of the feudal system and the lives of Middle English people. Although the formats and characters may vary, the recurring themes of love, violence, travel, and power resound in each example.

    Middle English Life Depicted in 14th and 15th Century Literature

    Middle English Life Depicted in 14th and 15th Century Literature

    by Nancy Snyder1

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Follower" by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem "Follower" by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Spring" celebrates the Resurrection of the Lamb of God, along with the greening of the landscape and the new birth of foliage, flowers, and fowl.

    Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Spring"

    Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Spring"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The speaker in Walter de la Mare’s "Silver" dramatizes the silvering of things as they appear without the sunlight. Sunlight is gold; moonlight is silver.

    Walter de la Mare’s "Silver"

    Walter de la Mare’s "Silver"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • The speaker in Frost's "Mending Wall" is a provocateur, questioning the wall's purpose, chiding his neighbor about it, yet he seems to be the one more concerned about its repair.

    Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"

    Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Shakespeare's sonnet 60 is all about cruel Time and its effect on beauty. Full text with summary and in depth analysis - rhyme, meter (metre), metaphor, symbol, biblical and mythological allusions.

    Analysis of Sonnet 60 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 60 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Vladimir Propp created the Proppian Analysis in his study of fairytales, which highlights many similarities within ancient and modern tales. Though complex, it can be simplified to some basic elements

    The Proppian Analysis for Fiction

    The Proppian Analysis for Fiction

    by Nathan Kiehn0

  • David Copperfield is one of the most enjoyable novels I have ever read. Unusual characters and an interesting plot set in England at the beginning of the 19th century will captivate all readers.

    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens—A Book Review

    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens—A Book Review

    by Paul Richard Kuehn14

  • 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

  • Adult ignorance of a child's literal mind often causes the child to lose self-esteem. Neither children nor adults can accept what they cannot understand. Adults become entangled in their metaphors and do not realize that those metaphors need to be interpreted for children.

    Langston Hughes' Essay,

    Langston Hughes' Essay, "Salvation"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • If William Butler Yeats had just bothered to take his poem, "The Second Coming," through one more revision, he might have saved his potentially great poem from the overrated, because misunderstood, work that it has become.

    William Butler Yeats' "The Second Coming"

    William Butler Yeats' "The Second Coming"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Wallace Stevens's The Snow Man is a short poem that delights and puzzles, and 'resists the intelligence'. The setting is a bleak landscape of snow and evergreens; it's January, the speaker is thinking about the way ice and snow form on trees. He himself is nothing, that is, he's the mind of winter

    Analysis of the Poem "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens

    Analysis of the Poem "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens

    by Andrew Spacey3

  • Thom Gunn's Considering the Snail is a close-up study of a determined snail as it moves through wet grass. The form of the poem mirrors the movement of the snail; enjambment and fluid rhythms take the reader along at a slow, sensual pace. A short exploration of willpower and progress.

    Analysis of Poem Considering the Snail by Thom Gunn

    Analysis of Poem Considering the Snail by Thom Gunn

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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

  • James Wright's popular poem is both real experience and found love. Two men stop to visit two ponies just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota. For the speaker this simple meeting is transcendent.

    Analysis of Poem "A Blessing" by James Wright

    Analysis of Poem "A Blessing" by James Wright

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • When reading The Silken Tent by Robert Frost, a warm, fuzzy feeling known as love penetrates the senses through not only the diction the narrator uses, but also the figures of speech, tone, metaphors (whether or not implied), symbolism , and the...

    Love Is ... a Silken Tent?

    Love Is ... a Silken Tent?

    by Rafini10

  • Many fairy tales share basic elements with classical myths. Beauty and Beast can be interpreted as Cupid and Psyche retold, but it shares basic elements with many other myths too.

    Beauty and the Beast as Retelling of Old Myth?

    Beauty and the Beast as Retelling of Old Myth?

    by Tolovaj32

  • Sunday Morning, a poem in blank verse, focuses on the idea that traditional religious faith in the old gods has gone and needs to be replaced by a fresh new natural paganism. Stevens explores human belief in his own inimitable way. Vivid imagery, exotic language. Where do truth and beauty reside?

    Analysis of Poem Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens

    Analysis of Poem Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Climbing My Grandfather is an extended metaphor focusing on a young boy who 'climbs' his grandfather, a mountain of a man. Autobiographical, full of detail and climbing language, this poem, a single stanza, reflects the awe and wonder and risk a boy takes getting to know his grandfather.

    Analysis of Poem Climbing My Grandfather by Andrew Waterhouse

    Analysis of Poem Climbing My Grandfather by Andrew Waterhouse

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The speaker examines and condemns his unhealthy attachment to the dark lady, bemoaning his loss of reason, the result of allowing his lower nature to rule his conscience.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 147

    Shakespeare Sonnet 147

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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 Kuehn39

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "The Lost Woman" by Patricia Beer

    Analysis of Poem "The Lost Woman" by Patricia Beer

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • In sonnet 132, the speaker dramatizes the dark lady’s “pretty ruth,” likening her “mourning” eyes to the sun in the morning and then in the evening.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 132

    Shakespeare Sonnet 132

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • I loved the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and found many funny, insightful, and inspirational quotes while reading, which I share with you here (with page numbers).

    The Kite Runner: Best Quotes with Page Numbers

    The Kite Runner: Best Quotes with Page Numbers

    by onlyahorizon41

  • This short poem from Naomi Shihab Nye relies on personification to carry the main message. Written in free verse, it is a clever take on loneliness and how different people relate to being alone.

    Analysis of Poem "The Rider" by Naomi Shihab Nye

    Analysis of Poem "The Rider" by Naomi Shihab Nye

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Ted Kooser's mysterious poem. 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Abandoned Farmhouse" by Ted Kooser

    Analysis of Poem "Abandoned Farmhouse" by Ted Kooser

    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 Buda3

  • Gwendolyn Brooks' versanelle offers a minimalist character sketch of three people whom the speaker disdains, and the vacant lot symbolizes her glee at being "all done" with them.

    Gwendolyn Brooks' "The Vacant Lot"

    Gwendolyn Brooks' "The Vacant Lot"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • W. H. Davies's speaker laments the paucity of leisure time spent by society. He muses on the notion that leisure time be employed to watch as natural events unfold around the observer.

    W. H. Davies' "Leisure"

    W. H. Davies' "Leisure"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Several authors have written prequels, sequels, and creative retellings of the classic novel Jane Eyre. If you love the original novel, these books may offer a new spin or perspective on your favorite characters.

    Jane Eyre Sequels, Prequels, Spin-Offs, and Retellings

    Jane Eyre Sequels, Prequels, Spin-Offs, and Retellings

    by Brittany Rowland29

  • Using a structured approach to compare and contrast two or more poems gives you a better chance of gaining top grades. This article will help you understand the meaning of comparison and show you how to shape an essay effectively.

    Comparing Two or More Poems for a Literature Essay

    Comparing Two or More Poems for a Literature Essay

    by Andrew Spacey6

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Grotesque: A Brief Overview of the Literary Term

    The Grotesque: A Brief Overview of the Literary Term

    by Grinning Gremlin7

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