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  • 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

  • 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.

    Types of Book Binding

    Types of Book Binding

    by Heidi Thorne13

  • What is Wuxia? Is it all about Chinese martial artists in death duels? A beginner’s guide for anyone keen to know about the fascinating world of Wuxia novels.

    Beginner's Guide to Wuxia Part 1

    Beginner's Guide to Wuxia Part 1

    by Kuan Leong Yong2

  • 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

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 1

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 1

    by Linda Sue Grimes12

  • Character analysis is an important part of any college freshman or sophomore literature class. But they aren't always the easiest things to do. Take some advice from an English teacher, and you'll be writing those character analyses in no time!

    How to Analyze Characters in Literature

    How to Analyze Characters in Literature

    by Katherine Sanger13

  • The Oven Bird, an unusual sonnet, is more than a mere song from a bird - it is a poem about the world of words the poet himself creates, despite the diminished state of language,time and life itself.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "The Oven Bird" by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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 Ellen37

  • 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

  • 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

  • In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan is a major figure of the narrative. The poem’s intense focus on his temperament presents a psychological profile of someone with a conflictive personality. Among his fellow fallen angels, he is a...

    Sympathy for the Devil: An Analysis of Satan in Paradise Lost

    Sympathy for the Devil: An Analysis of Satan in Paradise Lost

    by Charles Reis1

  • Any writer can relate to Anne Bradstreet's trepidation as she releases her writings (as dear to her as her children) to the world. This close reading of "The Author to Her Book" examines the poetic devices Bradstreet uses to develop her extended metaphor.

    Anne Bradstreet's "The Author to Her Book": A Close Reading

    Anne Bradstreet's "The Author to Her Book": A Close Reading

    by Brittany Rowland3

  • Yusef Kommunyakaa's Emotional Response Surrounding the Vietnam Memorial Yusef Komunyakaa emphasizes his ethnicity at the very beginning of his poem "Facing It" in the first lines: "My black face fades,/hiding inside the black granite." In these...

    Analysis of Yusef Komunyakaa's "Facing It"

    Analysis of Yusef Komunyakaa's "Facing It"

    by Pilar Floyd36

  • 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

  • Some Greek leaders of the Trojan War come to mind immediately, such as Achilles and Agamemnon. Others may take longer to think of, such as Nestor and the two Ajaxes. Read on for a comprehensive listing of all the Achaean forces and their leaders, as well as short bios of the most important leaders.

    Greek Leaders in the Trojan War

    Greek Leaders in the Trojan War

    by Brainy Bunny9

  • The case of the Red Headed League is the second short story to feature Sherlock Holmes. In this case Holmes investigates when Jebez Wilson loses his part-time job.

    Plot Summary of the Red Headed League

    Plot Summary of the Red Headed League

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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

  • Thetis is a minor sea goddess from Greek mythology. Whilst Thetis appears in several stories from Ancient Greece, she is more famous as the mother of the Greek hero Achilles.

    The Nereid Thetis in Greek Mythology

    The Nereid Thetis in Greek Mythology

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • The speaker in Sonnet 130 is playing against the Petrarchan tradition of placing the lady friend upon a pedestal to demonstrate affection.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 130

    Shakespeare Sonnet 130

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • 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 McKeown12

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Isobel Dixon's Plenty is a poem that contrasts childhood past and adult present; relative poverty with that of comfort and plenty. Central to the theme is the mother, struggling to cope. Simile, hyperbole, assonance and other devices all help make this a moving poem about family memories and love.

    Analysis of Poem Plenty by Isobel Dixon

    Analysis of Poem Plenty by Isobel Dixon

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    What Is the Oldest Story Ever Written?

    What Is the Oldest Story Ever Written?

    by Thomas Swan29

  • An elegy to the jazz singer Billie Holiday, The Day Lady Died is full of New York buzz, time schedules and cultural associations. Life in the here and now, until a headline sparks a memory.

    Analysis of Poem The Day Lady Died by Frank O'Hara

    Analysis of Poem The Day Lady Died by Frank O'Hara

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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.

    Origin of Drama in English Literature

    Origin of Drama in English Literature

    by Muhammad Rafiq48

  • Despite being written in 1948, many parts of George Orwell's fictional dystopian society have become reality. The prevalence of surveillance and loss of privacy, the state of perpetual war with shifting landscapes and changing enemies, the truncation of language and fake news are the new norm.

    How Has George Orwell's Novel 1984 Come True Today?

    How Has George Orwell's Novel 1984 Come True Today?

    by Natalie Frank20

  • 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

  • Kafka on The Shore, by Haruki Murakami, contains all the familiar elements his readers have come to expect, but still manages to entertain. Mel Carriere reviews for Lunchtime Lit.

    Kafka on The Shore - Lunchtime Lit with Mel

    Kafka on The Shore - Lunchtime Lit with Mel

    by Mel Carriere28

  • Hassan is an important character within the novel "The Kite Runner" and below is the general outline of his character. Being the loyal friend of Amir (the protagonist and narrator of the story), and having powerful history with his family, he is...

    The Kite Runner Analysis: Hassan

    The Kite Runner Analysis: Hassan

    by DK4

  • 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.

    How Monomyth Theories Get It Wrong About Fiction

    How Monomyth Theories Get It Wrong About Fiction

    by Rachael Lefler8

  • The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case deals with the missing bride of Lord St Simon, one of England's most prominent nobles.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Sonnet" by Billy Collins

    Analysis of Poem "Sonnet" by Billy Collins

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The Adventure of the Final Problem was penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the the final problem faced by Sherlock Holmes. Taking down the gang of Professor Moriarty could have some deadly results.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Final Problem

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Final Problem

    by Colin Quartermain2

  • In Sonnet 137, the speaker is musing, basically through questions, on the evil consequences from acting upon what the eye sees instead of what the heart believes.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 137

    Shakespeare Sonnet 137

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Mary Oliver's poem Mindful has inspired many readers to pay more attention to the everyday delights of nature. The natural world is her life classroom where profound lessons can be learned.

    Analysis of Poem "Mindful" by Mary Oliver

    Analysis of Poem "Mindful" by Mary Oliver

    by Andrew Spacey1

  • Poe's "The Sleeper" takes as its subject a beautiful woman in death, the subject that Poe claimed in his essay, "The Philosophy of Composition," to be the most poetic.

    Edgar Allan Poe's "The Sleeper"

    Edgar Allan Poe's "The Sleeper"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Upon first meeting someone, most people act differently from their normal selves. This is also true for Sebastian and Viola in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." How does their decisions affect them?

    Identity Crisis in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    Identity Crisis in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    by morningstar180

  • 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

  • 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

  • Colum's little drama features a tired old woman who dreams of owning her own little house where she can spend her days quietly caring for a few simple possessions.

    Padraic Colum's "An Old Woman of the Roads"

    Padraic Colum's "An Old Woman of the Roads"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • Sherlock Holmes stories have entertained the general public for over 100 years. Silver Blaze is a short Sherlock Holmes stories that deals with murder and a missing racehorse.

    Plot Summary of Silver Blaze

    Plot Summary of Silver Blaze

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • Sigmund Freud divided the human psyche into three parts: the id, the ego, and the super ego. If one were to view each division of the Freudian psyche, in correlation with each of the monsters in the poem, they might notice the id represented by Grendel, the ego, represented by Grendel’s mother and lastly, the super ego, represented by the dragon.

    A Freudian Take on

    A Freudian Take on "Beowulf"

    by Joe Friedman4

  • To hand your true love a rose is romantic. There was time when it was common place to deliver messages of endearment with roses. It is known as the language of roses.

    The Meaning of Roses

    The Meaning of Roses

    by Deborah Minter2

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein examines the pursuit of knowledge within the industrial age, shining a spotlight on the ethical, moral, and religious implications of science. Did the scientist go too far in his creation of the monster, or was he only indulging natural human curiosity?

    The Role of Science in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    The Role of Science in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    by Anaya M. Baker14

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Sterling A. Brown's "Southern Cop"

    Sterling A. Brown's "Southern Cop"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • The most common form of poetry is the lyric poem. While narrative poetry, including epics, convey a story, the lyric dramatizes an emotional effusion.

    Lyric Poetry: A Brief Introduction

    Lyric Poetry: A Brief Introduction

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Musashi Miyamoto is a Samurai(Ronin) who knows no equal. A master of swordsmanship among various other weapons, he lived life by his own laws. 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 Morgue8

  • This hub takes a look into the symbolism of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun. There is a lot of symbolism in the play, which is a testament to Lorraine Hansberry's skill as a playwright.

    Symbolism in A Raisin in the Sun

    Symbolism in A Raisin in the Sun

    by professorcoban4

  • 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.

    An Analysis of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

    An Analysis of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

    by Simran Singh2

  • William Shakespeare wrote 'The Tempest' in around 1610. I interpret this play as a metaphor on colonisation. The story, which tells of a usurped duke and the shipwreck he arranges in order to to exact retribution, includes a number of themes: conflict and resolution; love and romance; nature and nurture; illusion and reality; vengeance and repentance; power and the abuse of power; colonisation and ‘otherness‘. Colonisation and otherness are a particularly interesting aspect of this Shakespeare p

    Shakespeare's Presentation of Colonialism in ‘The Tempest' - Theme Analysis

    Shakespeare's Presentation of Colonialism in ‘The Tempest' - Theme Analysis

    by Tricia Mason9

  • The tragedy of Hamlet delves on life, love and tyranny. All the major protagonists and antagonists in the play die in the end. In the process, they all redeemed themselves by dying...

    Analysis of Hamlet's Death

    Analysis of Hamlet's Death

    by Gwendolyn Sheys11

  • The Adventure of the Crooked Man is a short Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Crooked Man, Holmes departs from Baker St to Aldershot taking Watson along.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Crooked Man

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Crooked Man

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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 Floyd7

  • W. H. Auden's "The Unknown Citizen" portrays a pathetic character whose life has been stifled by "the State," yet who, ironically, does not seem to realize his lot in life.

    W. H. Auden's "The Unknown Citizen"

    W. H. Auden's "The Unknown Citizen"

    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 claims that it is easy to lose things. Through heavy irony, though, she demonstrates that some things are easier to lose than others.

    Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art"

    Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Two brothers are walking through a field of snow. An innocent walk turns into a serious question and answer session when they notice snow angels. Have the angels been shot? Were they trespassing?

    Analysis of Poem "Snow" by David Berman

    Analysis of Poem "Snow" by David Berman

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    The Meaning of Genre in Literature

    The Meaning of Genre in Literature

    by Chris Mills23

  • As the speaker directly addresses his poem, he declaims on the immortality of the poetry that he is creating. As he does so, he employs the seasons to assist in dramatizing his notions.

    Shakespeare Sonnet 104

    Shakespeare Sonnet 104

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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

  • 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

  • Unable to move in her hospital bed, Amber is told she is in a coma by everyone around her. Able to hear conversation, and piece together events, the truth behind this unbelievable narrator's story is more depraved than one could imagine.

    Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

    Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

    by Jennifer B3

  • 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 Kuehn31

  • Irish fairy tales and folklore are populated with a wonderful collection of magical creatures and supernatural beings. Leprechauns are so famous they can sell breakfast cereal, and many people have heard the legend of the Banshee—but what about...

    Forgotten Fairies of Irish Folklore

    Forgotten Fairies of Irish Folklore

    by Marie McKeown28

  • 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

  • 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

  • Choosing a Beowulf essay topic can be hard! Here are some sample topics to help you get started writing an essay on Beowulf.

    Beowulf: Essay Topics

    Beowulf: Essay Topics

    by Josh Wilmoth0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem Siren Song by Margaret Atwood

    Analysis of Poem Siren Song by Margaret Atwood

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The pagan tribes who authored the epic Beowulf and the characters within the story have a unique culture. There are four major parts of Anglo Saxon and Germanic culture that is vital to understanding Beowulf. Anyone looking to analyze the epic must first understand Bards, paganism, the warrior king culture and Anglo Saxon Christianization to form a complete analysis of Beowulf.

    Anglo-Saxon and Germanic Culture: The Historical Setting in Beowulf

    Anglo-Saxon and Germanic Culture: The Historical Setting in Beowulf

    by Ryan Buda3

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem Birches by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem Birches by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Jack and Jill is an evergreen delight for children. The rhyme dates back many centuries. There is so much speculation on it's origins and history. These range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

    Curious Origins of Nursery Rhymes: Jack and Jill

    Curious Origins of Nursery Rhymes: Jack and Jill

    by Mohan Kumar24

  • William Shakespeare contributed many phrases to common English, from the famous "To be, or not to be" to a few lesser known, but still commonly used, phrases in everyday English.

    Supernatural Shakespeare Quotes

    Supernatural Shakespeare Quotes

    by Denise M Alvarado23

  • Sonnet 15 is one of the procreation sonnets written for the fair youth. Shakespeare uses metaphor alongside personification to create the theme of time versus decay, declaring that time will take youthful looks away but the sonnet will renew it. Mostly iambic pentameter but with trochee and spondee

    Analysis of Sonnet 15 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 15 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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 the Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

    Analysis of Poem the Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • In A. E. Housman's "When I was one-and-twenty," the speaker at age twenty-two reports the truth of sage advice he received at age twenty-one about falling in love.

    A. E. Housman's

    A. E. Housman's "When I was one-and-twenty"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • 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

  • Tales that tell of how to keep a clean home, so that the dead and Otherworldly beings who come back to visit on Halloween/Samhain are made to feel welcome.

    Halloween Hearth Folklore

    Halloween Hearth Folklore

    by James Slaven2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Jeunette0

  • Young is Anne Sexton's early look back to her own adolescence, a time when her relationship with parents and the wider world was changing. Between childhood and adulthood; figuratively imagined.

    Analysis of Poem "Young" by Anne Sexton

    Analysis of Poem "Young" by Anne Sexton

    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

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