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The Woman Who Could Not Live With Her Faulty Heart by Margaret Atwood

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Acclaimed activist, author, poet, essayist, novelist, and literary critic Margaret Atwood is one of the most highly honored Canadian women in history. Her work as not only a writer but also founder of the nonprofit literary organization the Writer’s Trust of Canada has provided tremendous support to modern authors and the Canadian writing community. born [...]



Fancy by John Keats

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John Keats was one of the most prominent figures of the second generation of English romantic poets during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Despite great criticism during his short life (he passed away at the age of twenty five), and brief writing career which lasted only six years, Keats’ work earned significant praise and [...]



She Walks In Beauty by Lord Byron (George Gordon)

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The major romantic, largely eccentric, highly fashionable, and supremely talented Lord George Gordon Byron is one of the most prominent and celebrated poets of Britain. During the turn of the 19th century, Byron’s flamboyancy, notoriety, and scandalous relationships etched his personal life in infamy while his literary abilities and time served in the Greek War [...]



Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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Robert Frost, the unofficial poet laureate of America, spent over forty years of his career virtually unknown working as an author, teacher, and lecturer. Frosts’ efforts at Pinkerton Academy, New Hampshire Normal School, Amhurst College, Middlebury College, and the University of Michigan not only helped shape the course of his students’ lives but the shape [...]



September 1, 1939 by W.H. Auden

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English poet Wystan Hugh “W.H.” Auden is one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century. With influences derived from Old English verse and other literary greats like: William Blake, WB Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, and Gerald Manley Hopkins, Auden’s capabilities are unmatched by most. Often considered a lead [...]



After Summer Fell Apart By Yusef Komunyakaa

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American, Louisiana born, former Army correspondent, poet, author, and professor Yusef Komunyakaa has deeply impacted contemporary literature. From his tour during the Vietnam War to the students he instructs, Komunyakaa’s work is one shaped by his experiences. Drawing heavily upon influences of the Jazz music scene near his birthplace and childhood in Bogalusa and largely [...]



The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

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Nobel prize winning poet, essayist, playwright, publisher, and literary/social critic Thomas Sterns Eliot is considered one of the most prominent authors and critics of the twentieth century. His work is often described as a collection of masterpieces of the Modernist movement. Eliot’s contributions to literature were great and vast. He penned some of the best [...]



Of The Terrible Doubt of Appearances by Walt Whitman

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American essayist, journalist, and poet Walt Whitman shaped the evolution of nineteenth century literature with his humanist philosophies which incorporated both realism and transcendentalism. As an intense intellectual, Whitman appealed to the hearts of man in a distinct, controversial for his time manner which not only encouraged but also evoked readers to embrace their higher [...]



Eliza Harris by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was a poet, journalist, novelist, abolitionist, political activist and public speaker. Born a free African American, her work within the American Anti-Slavery movement (including assisting escaped slaves on their way to freedom) combined with her contributions to literature earned significant praise and recognition. Her abilities to detail the hardships and horrible [...]



Be The Best Of Whatever You Are by Douglas Malloch

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American author, poet, short story writer, and editor Douglas Malloch was well known as the “Lumberman’s Poet.” His work as an associate editor for the Chicago area trade paper American Lumberman as well as his youth spent in forests, logging camps, and lumber yards assisted greatly in his rise to prominence particularly among people with [...]