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Who is considered a misfit? Someone who looks unlike? Someone who acts different? An outsider? Sheldon Cooper, I believe, is a perfect fit for a misfit. Sheldon is a physicist, the main character, in The Big Bang Theory, an American … Continue reading

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Does a Woman’s Right to Privacy Extend After Death? An interesting idea that I was not able to explore in my paper was the after-death mischief regarding Anne Sexton’s records of therapy and hospitalization. These records, many years later, were … Continue reading

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In both the movie She’s the Man and the play Twelfth Night the character Viola is a strong female character. As shown throughout the entirety of the movie but specifically when Viola approaches the boys soccer coach about trying out … Continue reading

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Looks Like a Flower, Stings Like a Bee “The raven himself is hoarse 
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan 
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits 
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, 
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Who doesn’t love a good test?  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is directly linked to the biblical allusion in Genesis chapter three. Adam and Eve were the first humans to experience a test of temptation, which in part … Continue reading

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The Red Wheelbarrow

William Carlos Williams is known as one of the most rebellious poets of the twentieth century. Under the influence of unique poets such as Ezra Pound, Williams transformed himself from a doctor to an inventor of a new style of poetry. In fact, the small-town physician used to create poems on prescription slips in his spare time. Today, Williams is credited for his invention of the “variable foot,” a unique technique that involved informal American dialect rather than the traditional British rhyme scheme and meter. The line breaks in Williams’ poems additionally have separate pauses and punctuation in the middle of lines instead of at the end of each stanza in order to create a sense of ease and nonchalance; this new style sparked the Beat movement, which led to a rejection of materialism in literature. One of the most interesting connections that Williams made in his lifetime was with a member of the Beat movement: Allen Ginsberg. Williams mentored Ginsberg early in Ginsberg’s career by providing insight on how to create poetry that is experimental in form yet significant in meaning. In return, Ginsberg, the famous poet who wrote “Howl”, inspired Williams by writing letters that eventually landed in Williams’ Patterson.  Williams generally wrote simple poems with vivid images of nature; however, the simplicity of each poem creates complexity in the many different meanings and interpretations it may pertain. This general ambiguity and mystery is what has kept readers and scholars on their toes, and has contributed to the distinguished styles of poetry in the twenty-first century.

 

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