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.
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.
Sara grew up with an embarrassingly eccentric grandmother named Mags and her hippie friends. But death brings Sara back to a small town to learn about the woman she hardly knew and her lost love.
“Frank Drummer” had high aspirations for himself, but died young at age twenty-five; “Hare Drummer” portrays beautiful memories of pastoral scenery.
Oprah Winfrey has been known for choosing some of the best and most widely read books. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and join her bookclub just to see what it is all about.
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.
Sonnet 73 is a beautiful and unusual love poem. An extended metaphor featuring trees, birds, the sun - and how, as humans age, they reflect the passing of seasonal time.
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.
Painful yet hilarious, this book is one of the most brutally honest and necessary books of our time, about mental disorders, hope, and humor, even when you sometimes have to ride the spiral downward.
An essay explaining the neccessity of an empathetic fatherly figure in a boy's life, using the novel "Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
Many ancient Greek comedians, and even some poets and tragedians, injected a sardonic, satirical attitude that the modern era sees in its own work.
The novel Noli Me Tangere contains 63 chapters and epilogue. It begins with a reception given by Capitan Tiago (Santiago de los Santos) at his house in Calle Analogue (now Juan Luna Street) on the last day of October. The reception or dinner is...
Sonnet 87 begins a sequence in which the speaker/poet addresses his Muse, again bemoaning the fact that she sometimes seems to abandon him.
An all-encompassing list of 101 (plus a few) books set in France, to read if you're planning a holiday, remembering one, or just because you want to. All tastes provided for!
John Keats, romantic poet, wrote this ballad in 1819. It is mysterious, with hints of personal anxieties and sexual desperation hidden within the experience of a man, now alone, having loved a beauty.
James Joyce changed the face of modern fiction with his stream of consciousness writing style but did you know he was directly influenced by a little known French writer, Edouard Dujardin?
Sylvia Plath's The Night Dancers contains some of the most powerful lines of poetry. A line by line analysis and summary of the poem- written only months before her death.
Discusses the element of estates satire in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Provides information and examples for each of the three estates.
"Extreme Ownership" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is intended to share leadership lessons from the U.S. Navy Seals to the general public. What are the pros and cons of this book?
Shelley's "On Death" consists of five sestet stanzas that offer the speaker's response to a quotation from Ecclesiastes.
Full text. A love poem, The Last Ride Together is a dramatic monologue of a rejected lover. The structure is formal but the content is a fine exploration of the passions between a male and a female.
Richard Wilbur's poem concentrates on the nature of change and the changes in nature. But is it the beauty that is transformed or the changes themselves that are beautiful? Read on for full analysis.
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.
Sonnet 129 is a powerful statement about sexual desire, guilt and the physical side of love. Shakespeare's take on the dangers inherent in pure lust.
Celtic mythology is rich with symbolism of life, death and rebirth, replete with the magic of nature and the ancient world. This article outlines some of the most famous stories from Celtic mythology, in Celtic Ireland and Britain.
F. Scott Fitzgerald with only daughter, "Scottie." www.google.com Born to the most famous and celebrated couple of the 20th century, during the Jazz Age, an era that her father named himself, Frances Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1921 in St. Paul,...
The felling of the banyan tree is both autobiographical and symbolic. Dilip Chitre's poem is all about roots and the struggle between masculine and feminine forces in life. Sacred tree? Mere object?
A Christmas poem by England's Great Nature Poet, William Wordsworth. The poem is about an old Christmas Eve custom of village musicians visiting homes in the Parish to entertain and offer good wishes
Michael starts off the prologue in his book by explaining his purpose in writing it. It was definitely not meant to be another slant on Leigh Anne Tuohy’s book In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving or Michael Lewis’ book...
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 entreaties him to marry and have children before he dies.
Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" laments the loss of religious faith during a time of progress in science and industry.
With unique style, form and structure, E.E. Cummings provides completely unconventional poetry to an all too conventional world.
This article explores the connection between Disney's "The Lion King" and Shakespeare's "Hamlet"—both similarities and differences.
An analysis of Flannery O'Connor's novel "The Violent Bear It Away" and the symbolism found throughout the darkly comedic tale.
Kim Addonizio's poem is sharp and provocative and concentrates on a red dress, a metaphor for independence and feminine expression. In simple, direct language What Do Women Want? conveys a hard truth.
William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was written as a fictional play, but the characters and situations of the play offer keen observations of 16th century life. Desire is an emotion experienced by all people. Shakespeare presents the desires of the multiple characters in “Twelfth Night” to emphasize the societal limitations of the characters according to gender, social class, and birthright.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Writers have been using pen names for centuries but we readers sometimes forget that. You may be surprised at which famous authors use pen names and why.
Emily Dickinson's "I heard a Fly buzz — when I died —" dramatizes the speaker's act of dying, as well as Dickinson's mystical vision, which corresponds to yogic philosophy.
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.
The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist is a story that sees Sherlock Holmes investigate what appears to be a case of stalking by an unknown cyclist, but develops into a case of abduction.
The world was introduced to Sherlock Holmes in "A Study in Scarlet", three years later Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would reprise the character with "The Sign of Four".
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.
The canines in this story reflect their masters innate characteristics and also foreshadow events about to unfold.
Sarah Orne Jewett and Ernest Hemingway both use nature to develop the main characters in their short stories.
Sonnet 99 features 15 lines, instead of the traditional 14. The extra line transforms the first quatrain to a cinquain, altering the rime scheme from ABAB to ABABA.
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!
Pasternak follows his characters through their experiences during the Russian Revolutions, World War I, and the Russian Civil War.
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.
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.
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.
This article explains how to identify and understand theme in literature in very simple and concrete terms. Designed for secondary students through graduate students, this thought process will help make the concept of theme clear and accessible.
The fox in the poet's imagination eventually becomes the poem, emerging into the snow of the blank page as the poet sits writing a poem about a fox.
There are several dozen translations of Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Miserables. Here's a simple guide to use when finding the best translation to read.
Providing food to millions of young men in battlefield conditions was a daunting task; little wonder that the meals were often close to inedible.
An allegorical poem, "I died for beauty but was scarce" focuses on two people in the afterlife, one who died for beauty and one for truth. Emily Dickinson's fascination with life after death explored.
Aunt Jennifer sits sewing her tigers of wool into a panel. They do not fear men, unlike their creator who has lived in the shadow of a dominant husband. A short poem exploring the role of women.
NOTE: I'm new to this kind of writing. I haven't read much critical essays/analyses in my existence. This is the first time that I penned a critical analysis for a book, and a critically-acclaimed book at that time for that matter, so please bear...
Need help on a memory essay? I give full instructions, organizing tips and sample essays to help you write.
Here is a list of the top five Indian women writers writing in English. They are famous and internationally acclaimed writers.
Peppered with wonderfully dry wit, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is about accepting life’s unforseen ambushes, and will be an exceptional delight for readers who’ve dreamed of choosing which books to sell in a bookstore.
Romantic poet John Keats wrote this sensuous, pastoral ode knowing he was closer to death than at any time in his young life. To Autumn is bursting with rich natural imagery - full analysis.
Sonnet 55 focuses on time, immortality and the power of poetry. The essence of his lover will be preserved forever, in the poem. It will outlast fine monuments, wars, death and unclean time.
The Boscombe Valley Mystery is one of the early stories about Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a tale of murder where the police arrest the wrong person.
An analysis of the imagery used in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech, "I Have a Dream" and why it was so effective.
William Shakespeare. Called the greatest writer of the English language that there has ever been, but slated by critics in his own time. Twelve facts that you might not have known about Shakespeare.
Analysis of the short story Great Falls by Richard Ford. Discusses major metaphors of light and dark, as well as Ford's exploration themes such as rites of passage, the loss of innocence, and the discovery of self.
Binsey Poplars is a protest poem Hopkins wrote when he discovered a row of aspen trees had been felled. Full of sprung rhythm which Hopkins considered closer to common speech patterns, and inscape.
Ernst Junger's memoir Storm of Steel provides amazing insight into the daily life of the soldier in World War One, and teaches a modern audience about the war and the lives of those who fought it.
Jean Bakula's well written review of Eat, Pray, Love makes it clear that each person who reads this thought provoking true story will take something valuable away from it!
A philosophical poem inspired by the teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism. To Look At Any Thing promotes the idea of meditation as a way of learning how things are in the natural world. Eyes plus soul.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's speaker dramatizes the difference between her early fantasy world and the world of reality as now represented by her belovèd.
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.
A brief estimate of Nirad Chaudhuri's idea of nationalism, its various categories, and its practical implications as expounded in "The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian".
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.
Summary of and commentary on The Pelican by Edith Wharton, a short story from the collection The Greater Inclination.
maggie and milly and molly and may is a short poem from e.e.cummings that is greater than the sum of its parts. Full of varied rhythm and rhyme, it tells the story of four girls who go down to the beach, each one relating to an object or creature they discover. Experimental and entertaining.
A scholarly study of Jean Rhys' short story "The Day they Burned the Books" with a reader-response. Explores topics in multicultural literature such as values, identity, otherness, and heritage.
What is poetic license? Poetic license is a literary term that is actually much more easy to understand than you may realize. Here is a definition with examples to help.
The book "Animal Farm" is a timeless work of literature written by George Orwell. I wish to share some personal thoughts on the book and how it connects with our society.
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.
Hawk Roosting is a powerful poem that focuses on a hawk as it sits overlooking its domain. Ted Hughes gives the hawk a human mind, personifies it, and explores the raptor's reason for existence. Contains raw and savage language. Some think the theme is political dominance, the hawk being a fascist.
Alluding to the Genesis concept of the image of God, the speaker parallels the Eastern spiritual tradition of pantheism to dramatize the full truth of that venerable concept.
Get to know The Wife of Bath, one of the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales. She is a strong willed woman, married five times and on the look out for number six! Never dull, she wants equality with men.
The quintessential American poet of the 20th century is, of course, Robert Frost. What appears to be the simple and honest poetry of an American poet, is, but also is full of profound meaning for life, both figuratively and literally. He saw the...
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...
One of the most influential poems of modern times, T.S.Eliot's dramatic monologue takes us into the mind of an ageing J. Alfred Prufrock. Do I disturb the universe or eat a peach? Full analysis.
Erotic fantasy or religious experience? Emily Dickinson was known as the virgin recluse but Wild Nights suggests that her passions ran deep and her yearnings for release were genuine enough. A poem about a liaison with God or a relationship with someone she knew? Ambiguous and metaphorical.
The speaker in Emily Dickinson's "A Light exists in Spring" is striving to portray a certain kind of light that "exists [only] in Spring" or very near spring.
Did Shakespeare invent new words for the English language? Did he coin new phrases which lasted into modern English? Many estimates floating around the internet claim that Shakespeare created as many as 20000 new words, which seems highly improbable. Other estimates, like 1000 to 2000 words, may be closer to the truth but still an exaggeration even for the greatest writer of English . This page explores why these figures may be more legend than fact by using historical and literary analysis.
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
Poetic Form can be understood as the physical structure of the poem: the length of lines, their rhythms, their system of rhymes and repetition.
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.
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.
Seamus Heaney's Follower is a poem about his father, a man who worked the land. With full and slant rhyme, assonance and alliteration, it works its magic on the reader as the horses plough the furrow.
The poem, a sonnet, is a tribute to a small falcon, the kestrel, a master of flight. Hopkins uses sprung rhythm and full rhyme to create a work of beauty and religious awe for the reader.
The question never ceases to fascinate mankind. No matter how many answers are formulated, the meaning of life maintains a state of permanent elusiveness. Perhaps the quandary is mysterious because its answer is different for everyone. ...
Night, written by Elie Wiesel, is one of the most famous pieces of Holocaust literature. The story focuses on more than just the Holocaust, however - it is also centered around Wiesel's father.
"I shunned the face of man; all sound of joy or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation--deep, dark, death-like solitude." Aurielle Voices It has often been argued that the definition of a monster is something inhuman,...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Upton Sinclair's impact on Jacob Riis' work is apparent; however, the stereotypes of Riis' time overshadows his attempts at noble work.
This Room is an extended metaphor in free verse and also contains personification, onomatopeia and alliteration. The basic theme is of personal growth within change, reaching for the light and the positives when life may be dark and unpredictable.
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.
An Analysis of Charlotte Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper that can be used to better understand the underlying themes in the book.
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...
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.
Emily Dickinson sent her poem, "Sic transit gloria mundi," as a Valentine message to William Howland, who served as a law clerk in her father's office.
You will find a comprehensive list of fables and their authors below. From Aesop to Rudyard Kipling, prepare yourselves to discover many creative writers and their stories!
Did Emily Bronte, the writer of Wuthering Heights, have Asperger's syndrome ? Asperger's symptoms include social isolation, interest in unusual topics and other behavioral traits of Emily Bronte.
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.
Peter Pan, or Peter and Wendy, published in 1911, is an iconic example of surprisingly dark turn-of-the-century children’s literature. This novelization was published several years after the play.
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.
Lady Brett Ashley, the main female character in The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, is often accused of being a bitch. Upon closer reading though, one can argue against these accusations. She is a mixed up, lost, lonely woman caught in a downward spiral towards destruction.
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.
A black female poet speaks to the white establishment in this short poem. Taken from her home in Africa, Phillis Wheatley ended up in Boston where she wrote verse and eventually to became free.
The basic aspects and definition of autobiography including common characteristics such as perspective, identity, and introspection.
The myth of the Virgin de Guadalupe is not only a veneer to conceal Nahua pagan beliefs, it is also highly unfounded.
The Man with the Twisted Lip is a short story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that sees another case taken on by Sherlock Holmes. The case deals with something that on the surface looks like murder.
Quite often it’s the not so life-threatening confrontation with life that we feel most threatened by. The standard of human fear is thus without definition. Everyone lays claim to a different host of particular sensitivities. We all have them,...
An overview of the important themes about science and religion that are explored in the novel A Canticle for Leibowitz.
There is much less factual knowledge about William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the greatest playwright in the English language, than one would expect of such an important figure (Craig et al, pg.521). He apparently worked as a schoolteacher for a time...
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.
One of Emily Dickinson's poems on the subject of human pain, exploring the physical, mental and emotional anguish we experience when grief hits. Full of metaphor and cold imagery.
Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro is a fiction novel written in 1914, two years after the end of the Meiji era and the death of Emperor Meiji. This historical event assists Soseki in creating a contrast between tradition and modernity.
Heathcliff may be painted as a black villain but Bronte, through genius storytelling, shows up the real villains in a Gothic tale teaming with thoughtless and cruel characters.
Tennyson published Ring Out, Wild Bells, a New Year's poem, in 1850. The sentiments that are expressed therein are still relevant in twenty-first century society.
What if you're a poet in love? A look at some of the more unusual poems by famous and unknown poets. Here is passion, sex and romance, with some weird twists.
Looking at the possible influence of an Irish vampire legend on the creation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
As is the case with most self-expression, F. Scott Fitzgerald used his writing in an attempt to make sense of the world and to share that understanding with his audience. However, most of the conclusions that Fitzgerald reached dismiss meaning...
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.
How could a reclusive person like Emily Bronte have created the complicated novel Wuthering Heights, a tale of twisted personal dynamics, passionate romance, and dysfunctional relationships.
A short poem, an extended metaphor exploring the tension between mother and daughter as the child grows up. When to let go?
Cry, the Peacock is the first published novel of Anita Desai. It reveals the story of a married woman named Maya. The novel picturises the neurotic condition of Maya.
Colonial literature, written in simple and expressive style, presents history of colonial times, rules to live by according to pilgrim and Puritan ideals, and the punishment that goes along with violating those ideals. As people immigrated to America from England, they brought their religious ideals with them. These strong religious beliefs are evident in the writings of colonial American literature. Religion affected all aspects of life, and literature serves to provide evidence of the bond
Such keen observation, such vivid imagery together with simile and figurative language make this apparently simple poem so much more than the catching of a big fish. Elizabeth Bishop's poem, with short terse lines and evocative description, is a neat summing up of the human versus nature issue.
Full of imagery - from religious to sexual - and unusual syntax, Emily Dickinson's intriguing poem was inspired by visits to church and graveyard. Ironic in tone, it is about death and resurrection.
In sonnet 75 from Edmund Spenser's Amoretti, the speaker addresses indirectly his beloved, attempting to convince her that their love will live eternally.
Fifty Shades Freed is a good ending to an abnormal love story but falls short because of it's weak plot.
My brief analysis and personal reaction to Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B". The focus includes diversity, perspective, and truth.
An overview and analysis of the second tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," "The Miller's Tale," and a focus on narrative point of view, characterization, theme, symbolism, and allusion.
This is a literary analysis of feminist, sociologist, and novelist, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" discussing the use of mental illness in literature.
Shakespeare wrote some of the most famous tragedies of all time. Each of his tragic characters were responsible for their own downfall due to their fatal flaws.
In sonnet 144, the speaker examines his ambiguity: he prefers to be guided by his "better angel" who is "right fair," but he is tempted too often by a "worser spirit."
Rahim Khan is a minor but important character in the dynamics of "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. Although he plays a small part in the novel, his effect on the protagonist (Amir) is very prominent.
Hints, innuendo, clues and characterization are embodied in some of the names for the people and places in Wuthering Heights.
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.
The themes of gender relations and traditional gender roles play an important part in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
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.
In the ancient tale of Gilgamesh women represent not only great wisdom and power but also temptation and ruin.
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...
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.
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.
This article is an analysis of "The Dead" by James Joyce. It explores the themes of repetition and the "living dead."
Masters’ character, Johnnie Sayre, speaks to the Divine Belovèd, remembering the excruciating pain that resulted in his death, finding grace in his early demise.
Choose Life The poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, by Dylan Thomas is a son’s plea to a dying father. His purpose is to show his father that all men face the same end, but they fight for life, nonetheless. “Old age...
Modernism represents a wave of cultural revolutions that propagated through society during the 20th century; it toppled traditions and encouraged innovation in all disciplines, especially literature.
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.
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.
A really short poem that can spark off many a debate on the subject of being a nobody versus being a somebody. Written in Emily Dickinson's dashed off style.
The structure of "How Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe plays an important role in the overall message of the novel
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.
Joyce Carol Oates's short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" can be analyzed from a feminist perspective, though the main character, Connie, is anything but a feminist role model.
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.
Having A Coke With You is a fresh, conversational poem that captures the moment when ordinary things like Coke and an orange shirt with yoghurt become transcendental, immediate essences of love.
Down and Out in Paris and London was George Orwell's first book. He wanted to experience poverty at first hand so chose two great cities for his experiment. It's still of relevance today.
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..
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.
Maya Angelou's poem is full of imagery and figurative language, aimed at children and adults alike. Life Doesn't Frighten Me is about bravado and having a strategy to overcome fear.
A suffering speaker talks with his Beloved Creator, as he prayerfully contemplates his mortality and immortality.
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor is saturated with symbolism and foreshadowing literary techniques. Learn more about unlocking the hidden meanings in her most successful short story about the detiorating state of faith in the South during the 1950s.
An examination of Angela Carter's "The Company of Wolves," from the perspective of its inversion of the most familiar versions of Little Red Riding Hood.
Vaddey Ratner's In the Shadow of the Banyan is a work of autobiographical fiction depicting one young girl's experience of the Cambodian Genocide. This summary and review is a work in progress.
We Real Cool packs quite a punch despite being a lean poem. Written from experience of teenagers in a pool hall, Gwendolyn Brooks combines slick diction with an unusual poetic form, creating rebels.
Dystopian literature & films like Divergent & The Hunger games were created under the influence of George Orwell and Fritz Lang. This article analyses their most profound texts '1984' and 'Metropolis'
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.