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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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...
One might well argue that anyone who writes is "constantly risking absurdity." But Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem dramatizes how especially true it is of the poet.
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.
A thriving family once lived in this abandoned farmhouse. What happened to the farmer? Why did they all have to leave? Only the toys and objects are left to speak for those now absent.
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...
A line-by-line analysis of the elements used by Robert Frost within his poem "After Apple Picking" that give it depth and meaning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 speaker in Sonnet 130 is playing against the Petrarchan tradition of placing the lady friend upon a pedestal to demonstrate affection.
Looking at the main traditions in Irish folk tales - warrior myths, romantic tragedies, ghost stories and local fairy stories.
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.
Analysis of "London Snow" by Robert Bridges, a poem that creates an image of the transformational enchantment of snowfall in London; which at the time the poem was created (1890) was noisy, crowded, and heavily polluted.
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
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..."
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
Maya Angelou read this poem at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993. Inspired by traditional song, it takes a rock, river and tree, gives voice to them and sends a message of hope to all humankind.
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.
All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation.... You have no respect for anything. You drink yourselves to death – Gertrude Stein
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.
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.
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.
A satirical sonnet by the master of experimental syntax. E.E.Cummings shows off his unique talent for unusual form and content by exposing the cliche ridden nonsense that is next to of course.
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.
The myth of the Virgin de Guadalupe is not only a veneer to conceal Nahua pagan beliefs, it is also highly unfounded.
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.
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.
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.
Carol Ann Duffy is the Poet Laureate in the United Kingdom. This is a poetry analysis of Tall from the Feminine Gospels - on the national A Level syllabus 2015.
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.
Explanation, Analysis, and Interpretation of On His Being Arrived to the Age of Twenty-Three (1631) written by John Milton, the notable author of Paradise Lost the greatest epic poem in English.
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.
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.
Walt Whitman's sprawling eight-line poem showcases the poet's freewheeling style while dramatizing the wildly romantic world view portrayed in almost all of his poems.
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...
There are a lot of useful and spectacular magical spells and incantations in the Harry Potter series. Today, I list my personal 10 favourites.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Dickinson possessed the gift of mystic vision, and that vision is displayed brilliantly in this fantabulous little poem that offers a little drama of two butterflies on a mystical flight.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Experimental, innovative, plain weird, romantic - this love poem is unconventional in style, so typical of e.e.cummings.
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.
Robert Frost's Gathering Leaves is more than just an innocent poem about fallen autumn leaves. Short quatrains with rhyme add up to an intriguing poem.
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?
A biographical analysis of Virginia Woolf and her use of fictional characters to reflect the struggle of mental illness in her life and in her marriage.
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.
Derek Walcott's A Far Cry from Africa explores the bloody history of colonial Africa, in Kenya, where Mau Mau fighters fought the British in the 1950s. Walcott's mixed race roots divide his loyalties.
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.
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.
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.
A captivating reflection on both the U.S. occupation of the Middle East and a new turn on the classic Frankenstein story, Ahmed Saadawi's new novel is a terrifying take on modern horror.
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.
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.
An in-depth analysis of Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'A Dreaming Week' from her 'Feminine Gospels' anthology, in which we pick out its themes, motifs and its true message to the inquisitive reader.
The speaker in Edna St. Vincent Millay's Italian sonnet, determines that she will make Chaos docile by putting him inside the sonnet cage. She will then be in position to restore him to order.
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?
An analysis of a lost feminist utopian novel, Charlotte Perkin Gilman's Herland, and a reflection on the progressively blended gender roles borne by each new generation.
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.
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.
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.
Greed, material wealth, obsession with consumer goods - Humanity versus Nature - Wordsworth's sonnet still resonates today. A summary and close analysis of this classic English poem.
The most common form of poetry is the lyric poem. While narrative poetry, including epics, convey a story, the lyric dramatizes an emotional effusion.
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.
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..
A curtal sonnet, short and compact, with sprung rhythm and natural imagery. Hopkins gives praise to a changeless God for creating so many different and beautiful things.
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.
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.
In sonnet 124, the speaker dramatizes the nature of his "dear love," the motivating soul-power that guides his craftsmanship and keeps his creative juices flowing.
William Carlos Williams wanted to capture the simple moments in daily life, using ordinary words in extraordinary ways. This Is Just To Say is an apology note to his wife and contains cold plums.
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
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...
Eliot’s themes of The Waste Land, the loss of innocence and a cynical questioning, can be seen in the works of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Ginsberg.
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.
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.
In sonnet 133, the speaker bemoans the fact that the cruel lady has not only captured his heart but also his alter ego, that is, his other self who creates his poems.
Children’s literature offers a wonderful mixture of magic and reality. This article aims to explore child development theories through the lens of James and the Giant Peach.
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...
The Adventure of the Speckled Band is a Sherlock Holmes short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Speckled Band tells of murder most foul, undertaken by an evil villain.
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.
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.
101 original writing prompts for writers of all genres and styles. All writers benefits from trying different styles and this is a great place to start. Kick writer's block with a prompt.
Even after three hundred years, arguments abound as to Milton's true proclivities towards the female gender. Is he a misogynist, a product of his time, or a closet feminist?
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.
The themes of gender relations and traditional gender roles play an important part in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
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?
'The Charge of the Light Brigade' analysis 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' concerns an event of the Crimean War (1854-56), which occurred during the year that the war broke out ~ 1854. At this time, Alfred Tennyson was poet laureate and, as such, was the mouthpiece, via poetry, of the British establishment.
Didn't have time to read the story? Read this comprehensive plot summary instead. Contains the analysis of Rushdie's most important themes and features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My brief analysis and personal reaction to Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B". The focus includes diversity, perspective, and truth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explores and analyzes how Laura Wingfield's nature is reflected in objects that are as unique as she is.
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...
Pasternak follows his characters through their experiences during the Russian Revolutions, World War I, and the Russian Civil War.
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 Emperor's New Clothes' is a fairy tale for children, but it is also a perceptive commentary on the human condition. In this review I look at the story, its history and its great wisdom
A detailed analysis and meaning of "The South," a poem written by the famed African American poet Langston Hughes in the 1920s.
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.
Choosing a Beowulf essay topic can be hard! Here are some sample topics to help you get started writing an essay on Beowulf.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
A Feminist and Formalist Literary Analysis of The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant: Two Different Approaches to Interpreting the same Literary Work.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Behind the guise of vampirism, Bram Stoker addresses sexuality through the lens of Victorian attitudes and morals.
A summary of Tom Regan's '"Animal Rights, Human Wrongs," and an analysis of animal suffering, positive and negative rights, direct and indirect duty, morality, and animal rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Auto Wreck is a poem of vivid imagery written at a time when car crashes were relatively rare. It is a commentary on the actual accident scene but also explores human fragility and death.
Milton's 'Paradise Lost' is one of the greatest creations of writing.The invocation comprising the first twenty six lines of Book one is of excellent making as the Poet invokes God to illuminate him.
Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" seems simple, but its nuanced phrase, "And miles to go before I sleep," offers much about which to speculate.
A definition for what is style in English Literature and why it is important. This article also provides quotes from authors about style in literature and information about the basic elements of literary style.
Waterhouse's "The Lady of Shalott" is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. You have to look close, however, to see some amazing details.
Hints, innuendo, clues and characterization are embodied in some of the names for the people and places in Wuthering Heights.
The work of controversial English author D. H. Lawrence explores human nature through explicit sexual descriptions and intense psychological dialogue.
A young girl waits for her aunt in the dentist's waiting room. She picks up a National Geographic magazine, looks at the pictures, then her world changes and she thinks about becoming a woman.
In the ancient tale of Gilgamesh women represent not only great wisdom and power but also temptation and ruin.
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.
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.
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.
A poem that makes you laugh, think and ask questions about guns and dogs. Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, Billy Collins brings a light touch to what is a heavy subject.
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.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is an eventful and vibrant story about what happens to the people around us when we love, too much.
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.
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.
Someone recommends a book which you grab off Amazon and kick back with expectations of your socks being knocked off. Somehow your socks stay on and the book gathers dust. What is great literature?
Aphra Behn’s “The Disappointment” represents the female role in a patriarchal society. The poem offers a scandalous tale presented in a charming and traditionally poetic way. Behn’s ideal of improved status of women is clearly reflected in this poem of love, sex, and power. Behn uses traditional poetic language and form to capture the modern hope of equality for women.
The Blue Carbuncle is a short story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Dealing initially with a lost goose and hat, the case evolves into a more serious adventure.
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...
The speaker in this Robert Frost poem muses on the connection between the natural world and the human world, as Frost's speakers often do.
These two beautiful poems are perfect for a funeral service that aims to celebrate the life of the loved one who has passed. They emphasise hope and comfort and suggest that life goes on both for the deceased and the bereaved.
Pretty is Stevie Smith's ironic poem on the use of the word pretty. Nature may be pretty to some but what does this really mean? Is nature always pretty? Pretty much. Using strong imagery, unusual syntax and repeated language the poem questions what it means for humans who think nature pretty.
The description of the state of consciousness portrayed in Rossetti's "Dream Land" lends itself remarkably to a close yogic interpretation, as do many of her poems.
Sophie experiences many losses of innocence throughout the novel at the hands of the Nazis, her family, her lovers, and herself. These losses are too much for her to bear in the end.
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.
Her Kind is an early poem by Anne Sexton, published in her first book To Bedlam and Part Way Back. It is full of dark imagery, written as the poet was battling against depression and inner demons.
How to Understand Shakespeare gives tips on getting to grips with the language, style and form of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.
The poetry of the early modern period into the age of enlightenment forged the way for romantic literature. William Shakespeare’s sonnets of the 17th century as well as William Blake’s and William Wordsworth’s poetry of 18th century follow the romantic formula of expressing emotion through the delightful language, rhythm, and meter of the written word. An emotional tie that these three writers of romanticism have is the idea of memories, and the wistful, happy, and sometimes sorrowful connecti
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.
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".
Okay, class, put down your wands! Let's have a little Latin language lesson so we can better understand Harry Potter.
Emily Dickinson's American (innovative) sonnet reveals an attitude dramatized in the Shakespeare sonnets: the poet's confidence in her creation of a world of beauty that will last forever.
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.