The speaker in Galway Kinnell's "Blackberry Eating" compares the experience of eating blackberries to that of pronouncing his favorite words.
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.
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.
A philosophical poem inspired by the teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism. To Look At Any Thing promotes the idea of meditation as a way of learning how things are in the natural world. Eyes plus soul.
Shelley, the English Romantic, wrote "Hymn To Intellectual Beauty" in 1816, inspired by his visit to Lake Geneva. It's an attempt to capture the elusive Spirit of Beauty, the unseen mysterious Power.
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.
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.
Learn Joanna Gaines' secrets to overcoming hard life lessons in this encouraging story about Magnolia, filled with the wisdom and humor of Chip and Joanna Gaines.
Jack Kerouac is known as the King of the Beats. A poet, novelist and all round inspiration for questing individuals, learn how his iconic book On The Road came to be.
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.
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.
An analysis of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, Chapter 13: Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery, and the theme of equality for body and mind, thus equality by nature.
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.
The scorpion sting the mother received on a dark, rainy night attracts many people, all out to heal her pain. Will the superstitious triumph over the rational? A child watches as the story unfolds.
Richard Rodriguez shares his educational experience in the book Hunger of Memory. He shares his personal struggles and successes.
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.
We find the speaker in bed with his lover, having a go at the sun for rudely intruding through windows and curtains. Donne's aubade has all the classic elements - wit, wordplay and warmth.
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.
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.
What's the difference between the literary movements of realism and naturalism? How are realism and naturalism alike?
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.
Author and longtime English teacher J. J. Murray defines irony, describes the seven main types, and gives literary and modern life examples.
The speaker in sonnet 88 admits that he is a flawed human being, but he avers that his blessings of talent and pure motivation keep his art worthy.
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. ...
The canines in this story reflect their masters innate characteristics and also foreshadow events about to unfold.
F. Scott Fitzgerald with only daughter, "Scottie." www.google.com Born to the most famous and celebrated couple of the 20th century, during the Jazz Age, an era that her father named himself, Frances Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1921 in St. Paul,...
Saint Teresa of Ávila wrote many poems dramatizing her mystical visions. Her most famous poem was immortalized in stone by sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini.
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.
Michael starts off the prologue in his book by explaining his purpose in writing it. It was definitely not meant to be another slant on Leigh Anne Tuohy’s book In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving or Michael Lewis’ book...
The speaker in Barrett Browning's Sonnet 14 insists that her paramour love her only for the sake of love and not for any qualities that she possesses, such as her smile or the way she speaks.
Susan Sontag' book, On Photography, is a unique book examining society's relationship to photographs. In my analysis of the first chapter, "In Plato's Cave", I elaborate on what Sontag is trying to say and argue against some of her statements. It all comes down to a person's judgement and information.
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
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.
A Feminist and Formalist Literary Analysis of The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant: Two Different Approaches to Interpreting the same Literary Work.
In the poem The Lovers of the Poor, well meaning ladies from the Betterment League can't stand the poor people they give money to. Hypocrites? Brooks uses sarcasm and caricature to show them up.
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...
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?
The novel Noli Me Tangere contains 63 chapters and epilogue. It begins with a reception given by Capitan Tiago (Santiago de los Santos) at his house in Calle Analogue (now Juan Luna Street) on the last day of October. The reception or dinner is...
"London Snow" by Robert Bridges creates an image of the transformational enchantment of snowfall in London; which at the time the poem was created, was noisy, crowded, and heavily polluted
Wordsworth stated that his daughter suggested this poem to him "after her death." The poem's mystic musing reveals the speaker's soul yearning.
Shakespeare is the ultimate god of insults. Here are my 50 favorite Shakespearean insults from a broad collection of plays. Enjoy, you whoreson!
When Marie Howe's young brother died of AIDS complications, she wrote What the Living Do as a life-affirming poem. Despite the trivial day-to-day things we do, wanting more life, remembrance is vital.
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.
Phillis Wheatley was influenced by Greek and Roman classical literature, as well as by early 18th century British poets, who were also influenced by that same literature.
A black female poet speaks to the white establishment in this short poem. Taken from her home in Africa, Phillis Wheatley ended up in Boston where she wrote verse and eventually to became free.
The 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.
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...
My brief analysis and personal reaction to Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B". The focus includes diversity, perspective, and truth.
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler is an intriguing story taking place in post-apocalyptic Union Grove, New York. A variety of colorful characters ebb and flow within this rather complex story, which oftentimes dabbles into theological...
Overview and explanation of some specific features of Old English literature that are not generally found in later works.
Virginia Woolf is well known for her stream of consciousness approach, which allows her to delve into the minds and feelings of her characters in an intimate way. The point of view shifts rapidly from one character to another.
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.
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
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.
Behind the guise of vampirism, Bram Stoker addresses sexuality through the lens of Victorian attitudes and morals.
This article is a short analysis of Rebecca Harding Davis' "Life in the Iron Mills." This essay examines class structure and mechanical representation.
Divine inspiration, trip planning, and social advice are some of the gifts Athena gives to young Telemachus and his father. The first five books of the ancient epic poem, the Odyssey, includethe story of brave Telemachus, son of...
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.
Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Anne of Green Gables at a high point in her life. Afterward, the gods wished to destroy her and did.
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...
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.
John Keats, romantic poet, wrote this ballad in 1819. It is mysterious, with hints of personal anxieties and sexual desperation hidden within the experience of a man, now alone, having loved a beauty.
Thomas Hobbes defines the natural ‘state of man’ as one in which man desires ‘Felicity,' i.e., happiness.
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.
Public Domain My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there's a barrel that I didn't fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn't pick upon some bough. But I am done with...
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.
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 . . .
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.
One of America's earliest poets wore many hats as he was a poet, a journalist, and a half-century long editor of the New York Evening Post. He was a romantic poet who wrote some of the great masterpieces of American poetry. He is none other than...
Robert Frost wrote some memorable poems and became one of America's most popular poets. He sought to produce a 'sound of sense' in his work. But what does this phrase mean?
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.
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.
Did Emily Bronte, the writer of Wuthering Heights, have Asperger's syndrome ? Asperger's symptoms include social isolation, interest in unusual topics and other behavioral traits of Emily Bronte.
Dystopian stories with short summaries and links for easy reading. For all fans of dystopian fiction.
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.
Fitzgerald wrote many short stories before publishing his finest novel, The Great Gatsby. Out of his collections of short stories, “The Rich Boy” (1926) is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best pieces. Today the tale might be called a short...
Ernst Junger's memoir Storm of Steel provides amazing insight into the daily life of the soldier in World War One, and teaches a modern audience about the war and the lives of those who fought it.
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.
The work of controversial English author D. H. Lawrence explores human nature through explicit sexual descriptions and intense psychological dialogue.
Poetry analysis of Donne's "Goe and catch...", pointing out the central symbols, imagery and theme which make it a representative metaphysical poem.
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.
Providing food to millions of young men in battlefield conditions was a daunting task; little wonder that the meals were often close to inedible.
Andromeda Chained to the Rocks A damsel in distress has been seen throughout history as a common archetype in myth. A damsel refers to a young woman, and a damsel in distress is almost always a woman who is physically attractive; this is of course...
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.
In the second poem of the “Minerva” series, the poetess’ father, “Indignation” Jones, fulminates against Spoon River society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Much speculation has arisen over the mystery surrounding Heathcliff's parentage. Did Emily Bronte provide important clues?
Breaking Out is a free verse poem about a girl who longs to escape the abuse from her parents. Serious issues are brought to light in Marge Piercy's poem, freedom and human rights being just two.
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.
The House of Seven Gables is the title of a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is also a place in Salem, Massachusetts that can be visited and admired. Learn about the real house and the fictional one.
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.
Explanation and analysis of Anna Akhmatova's poem cycle "Requiem," including overviews of the major groupings, trends, and overall themes.
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.
Full of imagery - from religious to sexual - and unusual syntax, Emily Dickinson's intriguing poem was inspired by visits to church and graveyard. Ironic in tone, it is about death and resurrection.
In this essay, I reveal the dialogue between Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor and Jesus Christ. The Inquisitor argues that humanity needs religion. Jesus silently argues for unconditional love.
There are good authors and then there are great authors. These are the greatest writers to have ever graced the page with the swipe of a pen.
Listen to Ralph Waldo Emerson poetry, and explore the meanings behind works such as "The Amulet" and "The Fable".
The theme of Countee Cullen's "The Wise" ironically dramatizes the notion that in death one becomes immune to the trammels of earthly duality.
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.
'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 in conventionally romantic
Although Cummings' "somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond" has been thought to be addressed to woman/lover, it reads better if the addressee is interpreted as a new born infant.
A curious poem full of metaphors and strong imagery, written for comic and disturbing effect when Sylvia Plath mistakenly thought she was pregnant. Nine lines, one for each month of pregnancy.
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 quintessential American poet of the 20th century is, of course, Robert Frost. What appears to be the simple and honest poetry of an American poet, is, but also is full of profound meaning for life, both figuratively and literally. He saw the...
An analysis of Harrison Bergeron and Welcome to the Monkey House, two of the most famous short stories by Kurt Vonnegut.
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.
Hiring editors and proofreaders is expensive, and justly so. But what if you don’t have the bucks to hire them? How can you best review and improve your manuscript without them, even if self editing?
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.
Maya Angelou's poem is full of imagery and figurative language, aimed at children and adults alike. Life Doesn't Frighten Me is about bravado and having a strategy to overcome fear.
A 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.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman immerses us into the psyche of a young wife and mother who is powerless in her peril in which no one understands. The Yellow Wallpaper is a first person view of what insanity and disconnection can look like. From...
An analysis of the poetry of Irish Nationalist William Butler Yeats in the context of the Decadent Movement of art and literature in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
William Carlos Williams worked out of the American idiom, choosing local subjects, looking for new and fresh ways to use language. To A Poor Old Woman is about solace and a bag of tasty plums.
An analysis of various characters from Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer with an emphasis on Andy Harris. Analysis of Responsibility in Into Thin Air with video and maps of Mt. Everest.
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.
Discover how onomatopoeia can add wallop to your words, sizzle to your sentences - and even give you the freedom to make up words from scratch!
The Sea in Synge's "Riders to the Sea" is an agent of both destruction and sustenance. The article analyzes Synge's sea as a literal and figurative backdrop, connected to the action of the play.
A curious, short poem from Charles Simic, "The Partial Explanation" has a simple narrative yet is cleverly structured to capture the inner emptiness of the speaker, waiting for food as day darkens.
'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.
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.
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...
Binsey Poplars is a protest poem Hopkins wrote when he discovered a row of aspen trees had been felled. Full of sprung rhythm which Hopkins considered closer to common speech patterns, and inscape.
Experimental, innovative, plain weird, romantic - this love poem is unconventional in style, so typical of e.e.cummings.
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.
W.H. Auden's The Unknown Citizen is an ironic take on the Unknown Soldier, whose monument represents all those anonymous victims of war. It praises and mocks a model citizen. Who is free and happy?
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.
The Trees is a poem that reflects Larkin's love of spring and his fascination with natural cycles of renewal. Subtle rhythm and rhyme capture the mysterious growth of leaves, mortality, a tree's age.
This article explains how to identify and understand theme in literature in very simple and concrete terms. Designed for secondary students through graduate students, this thought process will help make the concept of theme clear and accessible.
According to yogic teachings, he Blessèd Creator has become many souls that reside in many hearts and minds. Each heart's highest duty is to realize its own divine nature.
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.
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.
An overview of the important themes about science and religion that are explored in the novel A Canticle for Leibowitz.
A short poem that asks questions about fundamentalism and explores the underlying reasons why someone should become a radical extremist, a religious extremist, an Islamic fundamentalist.
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
Virtually nothing is known about Simon of Cyrene. He is mentioned in three of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke yet omitted by John.
The famous Philippine fable, Ibong Adarna in English and Filipino / Tagalog versions are here. If you're looking for the summary and the characters, I've included them, too. I love this mythical story! Cheers for fairytale lovers!
The speaker in Frost's "Mending Wall" is a provocateur, questioning the wall's purpose, chiding his neighbor about it, yet he seems to be the one more concerned about its repair.
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 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.
A poem that unites music and brain, jazz and soul, bringing a feel-good cosmic factor to the simple act of walking downtown listening to a CD. Join Billy Collins as he steps out to the beat.
Emily Dickinson famously referred to her and her family's vision as "seeing New Englandly." For her speaker in this poem, that kind of vision has no negative nuance of provinciality.
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.
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
In marriage sonnet 15, the speaker employs the Time metaphor again to persuade the young man that his only hope for deliverance from decrepitude is to produce offspring.
Tzvetan Todorov is a literary critic who developed a theory for defining the structural parameters of "the fantastic," his own take on a literary genre which has little to do with fantasy.
The Dirge by Christina Rossetti is a poem about grief and regret following the death of someone who has led a life too short. It compares the human life cycle with the cycle of the seasons.
A list of 20 novels featuring interracial romance (black and white couples); best BWWM novels; best BMWW novels.
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.
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.
Wallace Stevens did see a man in his hometown dump one day and used this image to kick-start a poem that deals with trash, the imagination and renewal.
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?
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..."
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
'Christmas' was written by one of Britain's most loved contemporary poets. It is an evocative poem about Christmas customs and the Christian faith.
Philosophical differences had a profound effect on the relationship between these two famous Romantic Poets
Child of the Americas is a poem by Aurora Levins Morales that tackles social diversity. It is a poem about an American who came from a mixture of various cultures that comprise her heritage and her identity as an American.
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.
Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, what is Gregor's metamorphosis? How is the metamorphosis linked to depression? #depression #franzkafka #metamorphosis
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...
Mrs. Charles Bliss is lamenting her marriage, but even more strongly she is lamenting the advice offered her and her husband early on by a clergyman and a judge.
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?
An unusual little poem in which a jar on a hill in Tennessee turns the wilderness round and round. The theme is power and order out of chaos.But where does the anecdote take the reader? Full analysis.
During the Elizabethan era, one’s destiny or fate was viewed by most as predetermined. “Most of the people in Shakespeare’s time believed in astrology, the philosophy that a person’s life was partly determined by the stars and the...
One of Frost's darker poems, about identity, full of the mystery of the night and the inner world of a speaker who is walking all alone, beyond the city lights.
A brief look at a story drawn from the myths and legends of ancient Greece - that of Orpheus and Eurydice.
When reading The Silken Tent by Robert Frost, a warm, fuzzy feeling known as love penetrates the senses through not only the diction the narrator uses, but also the figures of speech, tone, metaphors (whether or not implied), symbolism , and the...
The basic aspects and definition of autobiography including common characteristics such as perspective, identity, and introspection.
Seamus Heaney's "Whatever You Say, Say Nothing" is displayed in four parts. The piece dramatizes a rough-style free verse with an irregularly paced rime scheme.
What is Literary Nationalism? It is the voice of history through language. It is a movement in history stirred by literature. Walt Whitman and Washington Irvin were important contributors to the formation of American literature through the very use of language.
Dystopian literature & films like Divergent & The Hunger games were created under the influence of George Orwell and Fritz Lang. This article analyses their most profound texts '1984' and 'Metropolis'
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.
The Lost Woman is an elegy and focuses on grief, family love and a daughter's loss. But there is also mystery and tension. The death of a mother is never easy to handle. Subtle and powerful poem.
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.
Scout has many experiences with loss of innocence throughout Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird and learns many lessons along the way.
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.
Creative writing coach and author J. J. Murray examines T. S. Eliot’s “Objective Correlative,” touting its use for improving every kind of creative writing.