Category Archives: Becoming an American Literary Critic

A Short Trip Across the Pond for Robert Frost

From 1912-1915, Robert Frost picked up his family and life in New England and moved to England in order to learn about and perfect his poetry. It was a sort of mental escape for him where he could get a … Continue reading

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Collaborating on Colonial History

We’re off to a good start in creating our own history of Colonial America for our year-long focus on American literature and American literary culture. The following authors present important points about coming to terms with understanding a history of … Continue reading

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Water and Literature

The story of The Flood in Genesis is used as a motif throughout literature. The motif of water deals with cleansing and rebirth. The story states that God caused a flood to rid the Earth of all of Humanities’ sins … Continue reading

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Into the Wilderness

Uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable are some of the words people typically use to describe a wilderness, but in literary terms wilderness can have quiete a different meaning. It can be associated with words such as transformation, self discovery, and growth. … Continue reading

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Biblical Allusions – Trees

“The Garden Test” from Genesis Chapters 2-3, or the story of Adam and Eve, is one of the most iconic Bible stories. It is the story in Eve is tempted into eating from it by the serpent, before giving it … Continue reading

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The Garden Test

Gardens in the Bible serve as a symbolic setting in which an important test occurs, leading to an eventual loss of innocence. Gardens in the Bible are highly symbolic in and of themselves, as they were meant to represent the … Continue reading

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Hartford Witch Trials: The Beginning of an Era of Hysteria

The Salem Witch Trials which primarily took place during 1692-1693 are a very well known time in colonial America. However, most people are not aware of the hysteria that consumed society in Hartford, Connecticut in 1662, 30 years prior to … Continue reading

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Founding of Pound Ridge

.         I live on the boarder of Pound Ridge New York and New Canaan Connecticut. Because Pound Ridge has a more interesting history, I chose to write about Pound Ridge. Captain Nathanial Turner purchased Pound Ridge … Continue reading

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The Red Onion

In Wethersfield CT, the red onion grew extremely well. This is because of the Connecticut River, which made/makes the soil rich in nutrients and perfect for growing Onions. These Onions grown in Wethersfield would be sent all over. One of … Continue reading

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West African Slaves in the Colonial Times

In American history, especially around the times periods of 1492 and 1776, there are gaps that do not have enough light shed on them, such as the West African slaves and their origins. These were the slaves that came from … Continue reading

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