No one knows for sure how New Orleans got the nickname of "The Big Easy" but the main character of John Kennedy Toole's novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" seems to be on a quest to embody the...
One of the stumbling blocks when trying to study poetry is that it seems like a different world. Familiar things, like words, are put to unfamiliar use, and there is an entire descriptive vocabulary...
The name Willow Chance sounds like it belongs to a girl whose life is filled with the unpredictability of natural and human events. This is the case for the twelve-year-old main character of Holly...
"The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!" Find out how these lines of the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns inspired the...
Sports and trees are often used in metaphors about life. Leaf through the pages of the novel "Tangerine" to see Edward Bloor's lively images of soccer, football, and fruit. Then practice these lists...
Brace yourself for the emotional impact of the words of a young man who is dying and a young woman who is struggling to live in Frances Temple's "Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti." Here are...
Walt Whitman's famous "O Captain! My Captain!" is a tribute to Abraham Lincoln at the end of the Civil War and a mournful remembrance after the President's assassination (etext found here).
Charlotte Bronte's heroine "Jane Eyre" defies the stereotype of the docile Victorian woman and shines as a fully realized person who jumps off the page at a time when women were often portrayed as...