All the World’s a Stage

"All The World’s a Stage" is an excerpt taken from Shakespeare’s poem ‘As You Like It’ where the speaker Jaques sees the world as a temporary stage where all of mankind plays particular roles in seven different stages of life. All the World's a Stage BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely...

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There is Another Sky by Emily Dickinson

“There is Another Sky” is a sonnet that depicts the beauty of nature itself in her described "Garden of Eden" as many call it. However, the poem was written in conjunction with a letter the writer sent to her brother pleading him to come back home. She would give anything for him to come back. There is another sky BY...

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The Odyssey Characters and Analysis

CONTENTS Characters and Analysis Odysseus  The hero of the Odyssey. Odysseus fought alongside the other Greek kings at Troy and now struggles to escape his imprisonment and return to his family in Ithaca. King Odysseus is married to Queen Penelope, the two have a son named Prince Telemachus.  Despite being strong and brave, he is most recognized for his charm....

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A Dream Within A Dream

The poem “A Dream Within a Dream” was published back in 1849, written by one of the greatest American poets Edgar Allan Poe. In this poem the poet shows a rare contradiction between the two stanzas where his narratives change drastically in illustrating the inner and outer reality of the narrator’s mind. A Dream Within A Dream BY EDGAR ALLAN...

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Reader Response Criticism – History and Purpose

The domain of literature has a vast horizon representing a cluster of literary theories. Each of these theories has come from a different school of thoughts, forming a strict sense of the systematic study of literature. The purpose is to analyze the subtleties of literature that includes social prophecy, interdisciplinary themes, intellectual history, and moral philosophy. Hence, it considers anything...

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Digging by Seamus Heaney

“Digging” is one of Heaney’s first top writings and is one of his best achievements. Appearing in one of his first collections Death of a Naturalist in 1966, the poem divulges into a depiction of a picturesque contrast between the poet and his forefathers and enacts the act of delving itself. Digging BY SEAMUS HEANEY Between my finger and my...

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Night Characters and Analysis

CONTENTS Characters and Analysis Eliezer Eliezer is the narrator of Night and is, in essence, a pseudo-persona of the book’s author, Elie Wiesel. Night follows Eliezer’s psychosomatic and troubling journey, as the Holocaust steals his humanity, robbing him of his faith in God and takes him deep into the pits of despair. Despite many experiences that would cause even the...

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Alice in Wonderland Summary

Summary The story begins as Alice is sitting by a river bank on a summer day. As she is reading she sees over her sister’s shoulder, a White Rabbit in a waistcoat running by. The White Rabbit pulls a watch out of his pocket and says that he is late. With that, he jumps into the rabbit hole. Alice decides...

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The Odyssey Summary

CONTENTS Summary It’s been ten years since the fall of Troy, and Odysseus the Greek hero has yet to return to his kingdom in Ithaca. An anxious crowd of suitors have swarmed his palace and destroyed his land, they attempt to court his wife, Penelope, who remains loyal to her absent husband. The son of Odysseus, Prince Telemachus, wants nothing...

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Through the Looking Glass Summary

Summary The book begins as Alice is sitting with her pet kitten, Kitty, who is playing with a ball of string. Alice tells Kitty a story about “Looking-Glass House,” a magical world on the other side of the mirror where everything is backwards. Suddenly, Alice finds herself on the mantel piece. She walks through the mirror and she is in...

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