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.
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.
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.
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.
John Milton's celebrated epic poem exploring the cosmological, moral and spiritual origins of man's existence. -- Amazon
Mel Carriere discusses the implications of David Quammen's The Chimp and the River as part of his lunchtime book review series.
A writer's notebook or inspiration journal is a great way to inspire yourself through quotes, writing prompts, poems, pictures, or really anything else you find interesting.
Chanel Cleeton captures more than the essence of Cuba, she brings a country and its passions to life, while showing how to hold empathy even for an enemy, and fury even for a comrade. Our hearts our broken at each loss, each death, yet still somehow filled with hope, like a true Cuban.
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.
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.
An enhanced-content review of Gwynne Dyer's "Climate Wars" (2010.) Climate change is of deep concern to national security professionals the world over. Find out what they are worrying about.
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.
In Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time," the speaker's carpe diem agenda is to command young unmarried women to hurry up and marry before they become old and haggard, and thus so undesirable that they are unable to attract a mate.
Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, what is Gregor's metamorphosis? How is the metamorphosis linked to depression? #depression #franzkafka #metamorphosis
The speaker of Dickinson's oddly punctuated poem uses logic to demonstrate the reasoning that leads the created soul to love for its Creator.
The second installment in the "All Souls Trilogy" is a brilliant continuation of Deborah Harkness's "A Discovery of Witches".
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.
An overview of classical Japanese poetry waka and a short introduction to haiku, senryu, haiga and tanka.
The work of controversial English author D. H. Lawrence explores human nature through explicit sexual descriptions and intense psychological dialogue.
In his poem, "Lapis Lazuli," W. B. Yeats has his speaker explore the issue of peace and tranquility despite a chaotic environment.
Analysis of the Old English poem "The Dream of the Rood," which examines the pre-Christian German Heroic elements present in the poem, as well as providing a speculative hypothesis as to the intended purpose or message of the poem.
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.
The curious history behind the popular nursery rhyme sing a song of sixpence takes us to Tudor times of Henry VIII to the Pirates of the Caribbean via the splendours of gastronomy.
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
Robert Frost's "A Girl's Garden" dramatizes a little story often told by the speaker's neighbor, who enjoys telling her little tale about growing and nurturing a garden when she was just a girl.
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.
Carol Rumens' "The Emigree" is a thoughtful poem about displacement and being forced to leave the country that is home for foreign shores because of conflict. The first-person speaker looks back with fond memories of her country despite the reality of tyrants and war.
'To My Valentine' by Ogden Nash is a charming, unconventional love poem that casts aside cliches in favour of unexpected comparisons. Elizabeth Barrett Brownings' sonnet is conventionally romantic
Modern American literature evolved from the early foundations of the country’s literary ancestors. The European explorers brought their writing system with them to the New World. They wrote journals, letters, and narratives of their experience in this new place. When the European explorers discovered the New World it was already inhabited by millions of Native Americans. Despite not possessing a writing system the Native Americans had a vast oratory literary collection of culture, history, and r
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.
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.
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.
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.
A book analysis on the binary meanings and undertones of the classic novel--Perfume: the Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
The Borrowers is a children's book about tiny people living in secret in a house. They survive by collecting items owned by the big people in the house. Eventually their hiding place is discovered.
The canines in this story reflect their masters innate characteristics and also foreshadow events about to unfold.
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.
The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet V continues to lament his lot while commanding of his Beloved Creator that He use even the strongest methods for cleansing the speaker's heart, mind, and soul.
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.
Here is a list of the top five Indian women writers writing in English. They are famous and internationally acclaimed writers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson's short poem has attracted much critical attention, in focusing on the ambiguity in the use of the term, "hypocritic."
A mother to daughter poem, about letting go, with a mythological twist. When Demeter lost her daughter Persephone to Hades in his underworld, the mother wrote a prayer.
Experimental, innovative, plain weird, romantic - this love poem is unconventional in style, so typical of e.e.cummings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A look at the novel "Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza" by world-renowned feminist, cultural activist, and author Gloria Anzaldua.
In her work, "A New England Nun," Mary E. Wilkins Freeman illustrates a woman's struggle with the commitment of marriage. This essay examines how Freeman illustrates the feminine struggle to be independent while being dedicated to a man.
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?
Looking at the main traditions in Irish folk tales - warrior myths, romantic tragedies, ghost stories and local fairy stories.
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,...
Rita Dove's "Testimonial" is a free verse poem about learning, innocence, discovery and responsibility. "The world called, and I answered" is a famous line that suggests there is a need for a positive response by all of us. By becoming conscious of the world around, the speaker becomes self-aware.
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.
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:
A list of 20 novels featuring interracial romance (black and white couples); best BWWM novels; best BMWW novels.
A Feminist and Formalist Literary Analysis of The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant: Two Different Approaches to Interpreting the same Literary Work.
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 excerpt from This Sex, Irigaray draws on the work of Karl Marx and anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss to explain the commodification of women in “our” society. Irigaray begins with the statement that “The society we know, our own...
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.
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
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.
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.
Sidney Sheldon is the 7th best selling author of all time. He has written over 200 scripts for TV series, but it is his 18 novels for which he is best known. I'd like to introduce you to five of my favourite Sidney Sheldon novels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Stephen Vincent Benét's ballad, the speaker is dramatizing the mind-set of an individual whose life is spent close to the land; thus, he prefers the rural, rustic life to life in the city. He also reveals his tranquil existence in the astral world after leaving his physical body.
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.
Sylvia Plath shows the reader the dilemma that a woman faces in her life through the story of Esther Greenwood.
Snake, one of D.H.Lawrence's celebrated animal poems, is a personal account of a meeting with a Sicilian viper. This analysis will guide both student and poetry lover through the layers of meaning.
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.
Journey of the Magi is a reflective, dramatic monologue, that utilizes allusions, symbols and metaphors to produce a poem about birth, death, spiritual and cultural renewal.
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 the ancient tale of Gilgamesh women represent not only great wisdom and power but also temptation and ruin.
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?
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.
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.
Heaney's speaker in "Storm on the Island" is philosophizing about the quality of his island's homes and the quality of the residents' inner lives.
The Beast in the Jungle, by Henry James is a poignant story about a man who is expecting a great event that never happens. He wastes his entire life awaiting this, and misses out on life as a result.
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.
In this article, I discuss the significance behind the animals that represent the four houses in Hogwarts in the "Harry Potter" series.
A detailed analysis for both students and lovers of poetry. This article will guide you through the themes of Nature and Time in the cycle of life as created by Dylan Thomas, the tragic romantic poet.
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.
Seamus Heaney's Blackberry-Picking is all about childhood ideals versus adult realities and the passage of time. The first stanza outlines the joy of picking, that lust for the juicy fruit, whilst the second stanza contrasts the fate of the berries, their inevitable decay and loss of goodness.
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
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.
W.S. Merwin's break up poem combines vivid imagery, metaphor and unusual simile. The speaker seems caught between confusion and mental anguish and is attempting to work out just what went wrong. The repeated line It isn't as simple as that reflects the complex workings of the heart.
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 speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIII continues his search for consolation that he will be forgiven his earlier sins of the flesh.
Only five lines long, this war poem is based on Jarrell's own experiences with bomber aircraft. The turret gunner was hunched upside-down in the belly of the airplane, vulnerable to enemy fire.
The speaker in John Donne's Holy Sonnet VII is commanding his beloved Creator to instruct him in true repentance, in order to receive the grace that he so strongly desires and needs.
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.
A line-by-line analysis of the elements used by Robert Frost within his poem "After Apple Picking" that give it depth and meaning.
In the novel Emma, Jane Austen addresses many issues important to women, making her a feminist of her time.
Cozy Apologia is Rita Dove's ironic take on a romantic relationship with husband Fred. The speaker waits for a hurricane to hit and starts to daydream about her love and past acquaintances. Lyrical, fun and touching, this poem is a monologue on intimacy and time well spent.
Since the 1960s, in Western culture, "duty" has been a dirty word. It smacks of kowtowing to authority, not being allowed to "do your own thing"; it cramps your style.
Joseph Conrad was a famous novelist in the English literature. His famous novel “Heart of Darkness” (1902) is the exploration of complex human nature as well as the relevant matter of colonialism.
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...
Destined for Fame, Self Imposed Turmoil, and Romantic Tragedy: A Compelling Life Account of Romania's Most Celebrated Poet
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.
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.
M.C. Escher created artworks of great beauty and rich, illusive design. These poems are inspired by his graphic, highly unusual masterpieces.
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...
In sonnet 122, the speaker addresses the Giver of his gift of poetry, dramatizing the ability of his memory to retain the love and inspiration of the Divine Giver.
Hindley and Heathcliff hate each other and yet the two share like personality traits and their lives play out in the same fashion.
King Hrothgar foresees Beowulf`s death. Beowulf and Hrothgar are very much alike, but Hrothgar's speech in the Hall of Heorot warns him of his excessive pride, or hubris, something Hrothgar recognizes as Beowulf`s fatal flaw.
Successful writers have come from all walks of life. Some writers such as Mark Twain, never attended college, while others, including Jack Kerouac and Jack London, dropped out of their academic studies for a variety of reasons.
The metaphorical refugee ship carries the chicana across the sea of language but she is estranged from her native tongue; mother never taught her Spanish. She needs English to make up for the loss.
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.
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.
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.
Didn't have time to read the book? Read this comprehensive plot summary instead. Contains the explanation of Selvon's most important themes and features.
Analysis of the sources used to create and craft Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?"
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 . . .
The speaker in "Two Tramps in Mud Time" dramatizes his encounter with two unemployed lumberjacks who covet the speaker's wood-splitting task.
The speaker in Sonnet 138 makes a mockery of truth in a relationship, even as he offers a feeble defense of indefensible actions and thought.
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.
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.
A suffering speaker talks with his Beloved Creator, as he prayerfully contemplates his mortality and immortality.
The concept of escapism is a strong theme in Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie. Amanda, Laura, and Tom Wingfield all seek to escape the dull and depressing reality of their situation. They engage in escapism by retreating into their own fantasies which push them farther apart. The play uses their desire to escape reality to emphasize the role of the 1940s as an exciting escape from the 1930s.
Dilip Chitre's most popular poem depicts an uprooted father returning home from work to a family that doesn't understand him. A poem about alienation, lost love and the struggle to find meaning.
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.
In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, twenty-nine pilgrims share their tale. Each tale pokes fun at the previous storyteller. Likewise, the Friar and Summoner's tales attack each other's clerical positions, associating each with demons and thievery. In the end, satire overcomes both holy men.
Okay, class, put down your wands! Let's have a little Latin language lesson so we can better understand Harry Potter.
The little sparrows is a short poem set on a local American street. Sparrows, an old man, dog dirt, a minister and a pulpit are all compared. It's a thought provoking study that deals with the tensions between real life and ideal thoughts. Short lines rule.
This article offers a comprehensive plot summary of 'The Free Radio' and the analysis of Rushdie's most important themes and features.
My brief analysis and personal reaction to Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B". The focus includes diversity, perspective, and truth.
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.
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.
Sonnet 152 is the final sonnet that directly addresses the "dark lady"; it is quite fitting that it closes with the same complaint he has long issued against the woman.
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.
Why is Beowulf an epic hero? Hubris is not the heroic qualities of an epic hero. A summary and character analysis reveals that his hubris makes him a tragic hero.
Dickens places Pip in a world layered with guilt in "Great Expectations" to show the reader the effect that environment has on development.
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.
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.
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
Philosophical differences had a profound effect on the relationship between these two famous Romantic Poets
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.
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.
This article provides an alternative way of looking at poetry designed around the way poets think when they are writing it. It provides tools and perspectives that remove the pressure of needing to “understand it” and replaces this with a sense of adventure and creative exploration.
Langston Hughes's short poem I, Too gives a voice to the African American people, for so long treated as second class citizens in their own country. Using metaphor within free verse, Hughes focuses on the individual rights of a first person speaker, denied a seat at the table. From book Weary Blues
An in-depth analysis of William Shakespeare's King Lear. Scrutinizes how Shakespeare used what we know to be as a fool to show wisdom and how even kings can be quite foolish.
The main themes of Hate v Love, Nature v Nurture and Good v Evil in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Whether or not one loves or hates the writing of Ernest Hemingway is never much of a consideration regarding his stature, as his stature as one of the finest of America's writers is cemented in history. The life of Earnest Hemingway was complex, and full of danger, intrigue, and adventure, just like his writing, the man was totally unique.
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.
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.
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.
A look at two of fiction's greatest wizards. Gandalf and Saruman were central characters to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga.
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
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
Sylvia Plath's pregnancy poem "You're" is full of powerful imagery and metaphors. Her sensitive, creative nature comes out in this two stanza poem.
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.
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?
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.
Shakespeare sonnet #18, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day,” is one of the bard’s most widely anthologized, and most widely misunderstood, sonnets. Hint: there is no person in this poem.
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.
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.
A deer is hit by a car driven by a teenage drunk who reacts by taking the severely injured animal back home. Big mistake? An angry father puts an end to the agony of the deer but what about the teen?
Where I'm From is a poem all about identity and the places and things of memory that make us what we are. From clothespins to those special moments that create our uniqueness and George Lyon's.
This is a close reading of the short story, “Everything in this Country Must” by Colum McCann, from the book of the same title. I must warn the reader that this piece contains many spoilers so read no further if that is a concern. ...
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.
A short, powerful poem, "a total stranger one black day," is all about trauma, shock and the human condition. We humans may be violent, we may be complex but we can learn to live in harmony and peace.
A physician and a poet, William Carlos Williams, modernist, lived and worked in Rutherford, New Jersey most of his life. His poems deal with the everyday things in life, based on the local, becoming universal. Wheelbarrows, plums, people traits, starlings and flowers - No ideas but in things.
A villanelle with powerful, repeated lines inspired by the prolonged illness of the poet's father, who became blind in his final few months.
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.
Nature had an extreme effect on the early settlers, both positive and negative. Many of them were drawn to America because of the tails of abundance and beauty to behold in America.
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!
The Jungle Book represents the ways in which the British nation took control and colonized the Indian nation. This story also represents how nations view the "other" according to their society.
Composed upon Westminster Bridge is Wordsworth's Petrarchan sonnet to the pre-industrial city of smokeless London, seen at dawn. Romantic and painterly, Wordsworth captures the mood and his feelings.
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.
The speaker in sonnet 142 employs financial and legal metaphors to denounce the sins of the dark lady, as he accounts for his own sins against his soul.
'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
Storm Fear is a short poem using metaphor and strong imagery to explore mental isolation and the energy of a natural storm. But Frost's ambiguity means that the storm could represent something else: divine power? The human struggle against depression, fate, inner turmoil. Who is in control?
Two lovers meet by a pond in winter but there is little to warm them. Even the sun seems cold and indifferent. Love has been cruel and the memory of that meeting is still painful. Classic Hardy.
Analysis of Tennyson’s Ring Out, Wild Bells, a New Year's poem published 1850. The sentiments about the need to let go the past, the unfair inequalities in society,and wishes for a better future for everyone,are still relevant in the twenty-first century.
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?
Musashi Miyamoto is a Samurai (Ronin) who knows no equal. A master of swordsmanship, weapons, and Niten Ichi-ryū strategy. 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 short poem, an extended metaphor exploring the tension between mother and daughter as the child grows up. When to let go?
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.
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.