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19 Feb

The Five Boons of Life: Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s “The   Five Boons of Life “is a parable. It gives an interesting perspective on the importance of wise choices in life and right priorities. The tale is a series of interactions between a fairy and a man who grows to learn the lesson the fairy tries to teach him. The five boons of life are life, fame, love, riches, pleasure and death. In the mo

19 Feb

The Fall of the House of Usher: Poe

In “The Fall of the House of Usher” Poe tellingly features supernatural theatrics. It is a detailed account of the derangement and dissipation of an individual’s personality. The house itself becomes the symbolic embodiment of this individual. On a dull, dark and soundless day in autumn a horse rider sat on his horse with in view of the melancholic House of Usher .Wi

19 Feb

The Wives of the Dead: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne’s “The Wives of the Dead” details the women’s responses to the news of their husbands’ death. In this story one faces the difficulty of distinguishing between reality and dream. There is also the use of light and dark imagery throughout with the symbolic lamp. At times the narrator tries to suspend between actuality and dream. The reader has to dis

17 Feb

The Ball Poem: John Berryman

The Ball Poem: John Berryman In "The Ball Poem" John Berryman tells about growing up by metaphorically comparing a ball to our childhood. A young child loses his ball. It bounces away and lands in the harbor. He is upset when he looks into the gloomy water. No one can console the child by telling him that there are ‘other balls’. The child stands rigid and trembl

17 Feb

The Waking: Theodore Roethke

The Waking: Theodore Roethke The Waking”, by Theodore Roethke  is a poem that can be interpreted in any number of ways depending on what frame of mind the reader is in at the time he or she reads it. The poem describes the human desire to capture the meaning of life. But we learn the truth about life in fits and bouts of waking and slumber. Waking symbolizes enlightenment,

17 Feb

My Sweet Old Etcetra: EE Cummings

My Sweet Old Etcetra:  EE Cummings E.E. Cumming’s “My Sweet Old Etcetra” is about an experience a young man is having while at war .The poem is a reminiscence of a soldier commenting on the people involved in the war. The poem begins with the word etcetera. Cumming being a painter and artist wanted people to see his poems. He uses only 2 capitalized letters in t