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  • Jacksonville, Florida, native James Weldon Johnson composed his tribute to his adopted New York City in a surprising Petrarchan sonnet.

    James Weldon Johnson's "My City"

    James Weldon Johnson's "My City"

    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

  • 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 Lanise Brown6

  • An analysis of Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: The Royal Slave and the anti-slavery narrative within the novel. Aphra Behn (1640-1689) wrote the novel Oroonoko in 1688 and based it on her trip to what many researchers believe is Surinam...

    Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: The Royal Slave Analysis and Summary

    Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: The Royal Slave Analysis and Summary

    by Brittany Kennedy4

  • 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.

    Celtic Mythology: Myths of the Ancient World

    Celtic Mythology: Myths of the Ancient World

    by Marie McKeown9

  • 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

  • Frost's Fire and Ice could have been inspired by Dante's Inferno, Canto 32, where in a fiery hell sinners are up to their necks in a lake of ice. Conversely, a chat with astronomer Harlow Shapley about the end of the world may have spurred Frost to write this compact rhyming classic. Desire or hate?

    Analysis of Poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

    Analysis of Poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • An analysis of Jane Eyre, the most famous of Bronte's novels and heroines, as well as the other protagonists of her lesser-known works.

    The Heroines of Charlotte Bronte

    The Heroines of Charlotte Bronte

    by collegatariat6

  • Painful yet hilarious, this book is one of the most brutally honest and necessary books of our time, about mental disorders, hope, and humor, even when you sometimes have to ride the spiral downward.

    Turtles All the Way Down Book Discussion and Recipe

    Turtles All the Way Down Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch1

  • A Wrinkle in Time is for anyone who ever wondered about other planets or time travel, or any person who was ever an awkward child, wishing their life was made for more than just fitting in.

    A Wrinkle in Time Book Discussion and Recipe

    A Wrinkle in Time Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch2

  • 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

  • Junkyards is a short poem that focuses on things we humans throw away, perfectly good things that end up in rust and decay because we think they're of no further use. It's kind of sad and so wasteful?

    Analysis of Poem "Junkyards" by Julian Rayford

    Analysis of Poem "Junkyards" by Julian Rayford

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Analysis of Poem Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson

    Analysis of Poem Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • Prayer Before Birth is a poem Louis MacNeice wrote during World War Two. He was living in London and German rocket bombs were landing. The speaker in the poem is an unborn child, destined to be born into a violent, disturbed world. A powerful monologue addressed to God and humanity.

    Analysis of Poem Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNiece

    Analysis of Poem Prayer Before Birth by Louis MacNiece

    by Andrew Spacey2

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

    Analysis of "Operating Room" by John Reed

    Analysis of "Operating Room" by John Reed

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Pen names, or pseudonyms, have been used throughout history for various reasons. I use the pseudonym Cydro, although I can't cite a reason for source. Check out these authors that were a lot more successful than I am, and the reason they chose their pen names:

    Top 7 Most Famous Names That Are Actually Pen Names

    Top 7 Most Famous Names That Are Actually Pen Names

    by Blake Atkinson15

  • Country Lovers (1975) is a story of forbidden love between a black woman—Thebedi and Paulus, the son of her white masters. It was a story of a love that bore out of childhood romance that blossomed to adulthood until the harmless flirtation lead to sexual curiosity.This essay uses a historical approach in criticizing and analyzing the theme of the story.

    "Country Lovers" by Nadine Gordimer, an Analysis

    "Country Lovers" by Nadine Gordimer, an Analysis

    by lee custodio6

  • 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

  • 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.

    Lockwood's Cruelty in Wuthering Heights

    Lockwood's Cruelty in Wuthering Heights

    by Athlyn Green1

  • Edgar Lee Master’s Innovative, or American, sonnet reveals a troubled soul who leaves with world with the words of Jesus flickering before her eyes.

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Julia Miller"

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Julia Miller"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    Theme of Desire in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    Theme of Desire in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    by Nancy Snyder5

  • 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 Buda4

  • The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter is a short Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this adventure the Sherlock Holmes reader is introduced to Mycroft, Sherlock's brother.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Greek Interpreter

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Greek Interpreter

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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

  • Sylvia Plath's satirical and sharp take on the social conventions that condition people to the 'market' that is marriage. Women are viewed as a product, objectified by men in stiff black suits.

    Analysis of Poem The Applicant by Sylvia Plath

    Analysis of Poem The Applicant by Sylvia Plath

    by Andrew Spacey0

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

    Analysis of the Villain Shylock in

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

    by Schatzie Speaks6

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

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

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

    by Adam Kullman5

  • A short, poignant poem from Jane Kenyon, The Blue Bowl is about the burial of a cat and the emotional reaction to the world following the loss of a beloved pet. A poem to meditate on in the quiet, away from the bustling restlessness of modern life.

    Analysis of Poem The Blue Bowl by Jane Kenyon

    Analysis of Poem The Blue Bowl by Jane Kenyon

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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!

    The Best Books Set in France

    The Best Books Set in France

    by SheilaMilne7

  • The epitaph “Minerva Jones” is the first in a series of five interrelated poems: “'Indignation' Jones,” “Doctor Meyers,” “Mrs. Meyers,” and “'Butch' Weldy.”

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Minerva Jones"

    Edgar Lee Masters' "Minerva Jones"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • 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

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

    John Keats' "In drear nighted December"

    John Keats' "In drear nighted December"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • 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.

    The Hideaway Book Discussion and Recipe

    The Hideaway Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch0

  • 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 DeFoe4

  • Larkin's 'atheist poem' in which he explores the spiritual significance of the church, despite the decline of religious ritual in the western world. Contains dry wit and keen perception.

    Analysis of Poem "Church Going" by Philip Larkin

    Analysis of Poem "Church Going" by Philip Larkin

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Carl Sandburg, inspired by a book of Japanese haiku, wrote this little poem whilst passing near Chicago harbor. Fog is one of his best-known short poems. It captures the silent mystery of the cat.

    Analysis of "Fog" by Carl Sandburg

    Analysis of "Fog" by Carl Sandburg

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • 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

  • Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekykll and Mr. Hyde" presents the theme of divided self while offering insight into Victorian England. Jekyll’s personal battle with his inner demons creates a literal division of self that would have been empathized by society of the period. There were many contributing factors to this division of society and personality. The rise of the Industrial age provided both economic wealth and poverty. The battle between the social classes

    Divided Self Theme in Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

    Divided Self Theme in Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

    by Nancy Snyder2

  • 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

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

    Poisons Used in Agatha Christie's Books

    Poisons Used in Agatha Christie's Books

    by Anne Harrison12

  • 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.

    Analysis of Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Did Shakespeare Invent and Make up English Words and Phrases?

    Did Shakespeare Invent and Make up English Words and Phrases?

    by Ryan Buda6

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

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Dancing Men

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Dancing Men

    by Colin Quartermain2

  • Explores variations on the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Explores the origins of the classic story most people are familiar with, as well as version found in Greek mythology, cultures such as Scandinavia, and the use of the tale as a literary theme.

    Variations on "Beauty and the Beast" From Around the World

    Variations on "Beauty and the Beast" From Around the World

    by Anaya M. Baker7

  • The English Romantic poets are artists of a movement that spread out from England, across Europe and to America. Influenced by radical ideas and revolutions, their lives are as poetic as their words.

    English Poets of the Romantic Movement

    English Poets of the Romantic Movement

    by Tina Dubinsky12

  • 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,...

    Analysis of Tobias Wolff's "Hunters in the Snow"

    Analysis of Tobias Wolff's "Hunters in the Snow"

    by gclitty3

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

    Analysis of "A Display of Mackerel" by Mark Doty

    Analysis of "A Display of Mackerel" by Mark Doty

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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.

    Weird, Strange, and Funny Love Poems

    Weird, Strange, and Funny Love Poems

    by Andrew Spacey11

  • A Case of Identity is one of the least known Sherlock Holmes stories, and is often overlooked in the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle canon. Ultimately the case is one of a missing fiance.

    Plot Summary of A Case of Identity

    Plot Summary of A Case of Identity

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • This article explores the arguments for and against the idea that Charles Bukowski was a misogynist. It includes an assessment of Bukowski's background, criticism of his novel, Women, and the infamous kicking incident filmed during a Barbet Schroeder interview.

    Was Charles Bukowski a Misogynist?

    Was Charles Bukowski a Misogynist?

    by Paul Goodman16

  • The 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

  • 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

  • Those who are not able to express themselves any other way have used symbolism in literature throughout time as a way of voicing hidden meanings and undeveloped feelings. It is used to compel a reader to think beyond the boundaries of normal thought...

    Symbolism and Poe

    Symbolism and Poe

    by Suzanne Phillips7

  • A sonnet that combines Greek mythology and world events, resulting in a powerful poem, a metaphor for the violence inherent in the cyclic nature of human history, as seen by the mystic Yeats.

    Analysis of Poem

    Analysis of Poem "Leda And The Swan" By W.B.Yeats

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

  • In The Real Thing, written by Henry James, artifice, regarding art, is a glorified representation of reality and, therefore, possesses a greater quality of realism to it than reality itself. James, here, alludes to the factor of malleability in many separate occasions throughout the piece. Perhaps this quality is more important than a certain graceful stagnancy which permeates this short story. It can be thought, also, that perhaps James uses his own writing to portray this view of artifice vers

    Book Discussion: The Real Thing by Henry James

    Book Discussion: The Real Thing by Henry James

    by Epsilon51

  • The Adventure of the Empty House was effectively the return of Sherlock Holmes. Ten years after the Final Problem, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would resurrect Holmes, enabling the solving of more cases.

    Plot Summary of The Adventure of the Empty House

    Plot Summary of The Adventure of the Empty House

    by Colin Quartermain4

  • The works of modern and post-modern authors, such as Alice Munro and Anne Carson, may share common themes with Victorian and Romantic authors, such as Emily Bronte and Mary Wollstonecraft, but the language of the pieces are quite different. As time passes literature reflects this phenomenon in many ways. Themes and characters shift to reflect the period. Attitudes and literary devices provide perspective on writer’s emotional state often as a result of outside influences. Format may move from

    Evolution of English Literature by Female Authors

    Evolution of English Literature by Female Authors

    by Nancy Snyder9

  • The use of Sylvia as the protagonist gave the story a real quality to it. The world as seen through the eyes of a pre-teen, streetsmart kid, and the realization that there was still a lot to learn in an unfair world.

    Review of Toni Cade Bambera's

    Review of Toni Cade Bambera's "The Lesson"

    by Joe Friedman11

  • Nina is a former librarian who adores books and is searching for a way to unite readers with their perfect book. So she leaves the big city for a small town in Scotland, with a van of books to sell.

    The Bookshop on the Corner Book Discussion and Recipe

    The Bookshop on the Corner Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch4

  • Though Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is universally thought to be about the repercussions of sin and virtue, there are many additional lessons and statements laced into its verses.  According to Barbara Reynolds, “It was not [Dante’s]...

    A Divine Purpose - Reflections on Dante Alighieri's Purgatorio

    A Divine Purpose - Reflections on Dante Alighieri's Purgatorio

    by Simone Haruko Smith10

  • 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

  • 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 MacPharlain20

  • Adult ignorance of a child's literal mind often causes children to lose self-esteem. Adults become entangled in their metaphors and do not realize that those metaphors need to be interpreted.

    Langston Hughes' Essay,

    Langston Hughes' Essay, "Salvation"

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

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

    Sherlock Holmes: Things to Know About Doctor John Watson

    Sherlock Holmes: Things to Know About Doctor John Watson

    by Christopher Peruzzi7

  • Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are two of the most famous characters from English Literature. The detective and his companion would feature is 60 stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Plot Summary of A Study in Scarlet

    Plot Summary of A Study in Scarlet

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • 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 Monami2

  • 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

  • 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 McKeown29

  • 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

  • Sherlock Holmes is one of English literature's most famous and enduring characters; a Scandal in Bohemia was the first of the short stories to feature the consulting detective.

    Plot Summary of A Scandal in Bohemia

    Plot Summary of A Scandal in Bohemia

    by Colin Quartermain3

  • 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 Alvarado22

  • In accordance with the poem’s stated purpose, to “assert Eternal Providence, / And justifie the wayes of God to men” (25-6), the God of Milton’s Paradise Lost spends a lot of time explaining in detail the workings of his own “Mercy and...

    "Justifying the Ways of God to Man" in Milton's Paradise Lost

    "Justifying the Ways of God to Man" in Milton's Paradise Lost

    by Kathryn Lamoreux1

  • Sexton's sarcastic tone relies on the use of simile, symbolism, and hyperbole to relate the anonymous narrator's feelings through constant interjections within the context. The subject, Cinderella, is represented as a, naïve, out of touch; spoiled brat. In the poem, the speaker relates that Cinderella sleeps on a "sooty hearth," and "walked around looking like Al Jolson" (32). At first, the reader might feel sorry for her, but the reality is that she made her bed by choosing to believe in fairyt

    "Cinderella" by Anne Sexton (A Review)

    "Cinderella" by Anne Sexton (A Review)

    by Joe Friedman3

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

    Women's Contribution to Early American Literature

    Women's Contribution to Early American Literature

    by Nancy Snyder10

  • 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

  • In addition to the body text, there are several parts of a book which can be included to provide readers with background information or helpful resources. Required and optional parts are explained.

    Parts of a Book Explained

    Parts of a Book Explained

    by Heidi Thorne2

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

    Marge Piercy's "Barbie Doll"

    Marge Piercy's "Barbie Doll"

    by Linda Sue Grimes2

  • The word epic has been derived a Greek word epikos, which means a word, song or speech. An epic is well-defined as a long story in verse dwelling upon an important theme in a most elegant style and language.

    The Epic: Definition, Types & Characteristics

    The Epic: Definition, Types & Characteristics

    by Muhammad Rafiq30

  • A Vietnam veteran, Yusef Komunyakaa faces his past whilst visiting the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. With strong images and figurative language this poem explores reality versus memory.

    Analysis of Poem "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa

    Analysis of Poem "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa

    by Andrew Spacey4

  • Sylvia Plath has been sadly memorialized by her suicide more than her body of work. What people seem to miss is that Plath changed an entire hemisphere of readers and writers, influencing many of the top thinkers today. What is in the history of this woman, so understood for her mental instability and talent for writing?

    Sylvia Plath: Her Life and Importance to American Literature and History

    Sylvia Plath: Her Life and Importance to American Literature and History

    by DIMIR10

  • 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

  • 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 Goodman3

  • Descriptions of the Canterbury Tales characters, provided by a retired British Literature teacher.

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    Canterbury Tales Characters

    by Holle Abee28

  • 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

  • Pablo Neruda was a great poet. Did you read his poetry? Here is a list of 5 most famous Neruda’s poems you will enjoy reading.

    5 Most Famous Poems by Pablo Neruda

    5 Most Famous Poems by Pablo Neruda

    by Marina Puzic0

  • 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

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

    Analysis of Sonnet 144 by William Shakespeare

    Analysis of Sonnet 144 by William Shakespeare

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • 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

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  • Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire, A book claiming to be a plant’s-eye view of the world, covers four major, overarching human desires. In Pollan’s chapter focused on intoxication, he describes the ways in which marijuana has evolved to become much more intoxicating than could ever have been possible without humanity. I have had no personal experience with marijuana or any other consciousness-altering drugs and, thus, will be viewing Pollan’s conclusions from the standpoint of one who does not p

    Book Discussion: Botany of Desire: Marijuana

    Book Discussion: Botany of Desire: Marijuana

    by Epsilon50

  • One of Robert Lowell's best known confessional poems, Skunk Hour depicts modern life on Nautilus Island, Maine, and reveals the sad secret of one not right in the mind. An influential poem.

    Analysis of Poem "Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

    Analysis of Poem "Skunk Hour" by Robert Lowell

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The Adventure of the Copper Beeches is a Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story deals with a client taking up a new job at a house called the Copper Beeches.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Copper Beeches

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Copper Beeches

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  • The Five Orange Pips is a Sherlock Holmes case that sees the consulting detective dealing with the seemingly innocuous problem of orange pips being delivered in the mail.

    Plot Summary of the Five Orange Pips

    Plot Summary of the Five Orange Pips

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

    Analysis of Poem "Ringing The Bells" by Anne Sexton

    Analysis of Poem "Ringing The Bells" by Anne Sexton

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  • 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

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    The 5 Best Charles Bukowski Poetry Books

    The 5 Best Charles Bukowski Poetry Books

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  • Louise Erdrich's poem is based on the experiences of many Indian children who were taken from their tribal homes and 'educated' in boarding schools. They were not allowed to speak their native language, grow long hair or make contact with family. A poem about identity, roots and state oppression.

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    Analysis of Poem "Indian Boarding School:The Runaways" by Louise Erdrich

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  • 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

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