"To a Waterfowl" by William Cullen Bryant describes a waterfowl flying alone through the sky and conveys the thoughts stimulated by this sight. By the end of the poem, the lone waterfowl becomes a metaphor for the speake... More » Art & Literature Literature Poetry

Rudyard Kipling's poem "If--" is a poem that advocates confidence, honesty and fortitude, laying out for the reader the things he must do if he is to maintain his self-control and become a man. The poem lays out a list o... More » Art & Literature Literature Poetry

The summary of "The Wife's Lament" is that the narrator has been disowned by her own relative and her husband, and she is doomed to finish her life in poverty and all alone. Not only is the husband mean to her, he is mea... More » Art & Literature Literature Poetry
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