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Herman Melville

This line is from the poem "Art" by Herman Melville"            "To wrestle with the angel—Art." Is this...

While personification and metaphor are possibilities in terms of interpreting this line from Herman Melville's 1891 poem "Art," an examination of the lines which precede it indicate that this line...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2013 8:51 pm UTC

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Herman Melville

What are the religious views of Herman Melville in Moby Dick?

Long a motif in American literature, innocence with the term "American Adam" emerged from the writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville,and even Poe. Stepping onto the shores of America,...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2013 6:33 pm UTC

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Herman Melville

In Herman Melville's “The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids,” what’s the meaning of the quote ““This is...

This quote highlights the difference the narrator finds between the perfect lives of nine bachelors (well-to-do young lawyers) he witnesses at a dinner he attends in London and the lot of the young...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2020 9:07 pm UTC

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What type of poem is Herman Melville's Shiloh?  

Although most often recognized as the author of the classic novel Moby Dick, Herman Melville wrote poetry as well, and this poem is one of several he wrote about the American Civil War. In these...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2012 12:48 am UTC

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Herman Melville

Reflect on this quote: "We become sad in the first place because we have nothing stirring to do."

Melville means that it is human nature to become weary with life, full of self-pity or depressed when we are bored or have lost our passion for whatever it is that we are called to do. If your...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2010 3:40 am UTC

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Response to this quote: "We become sad in the first place because we have nothing stirring to do."

With so many responses, much is dependent on what individuals perceive and feel out of the quote. Bearing this in mind, I would make sure that there is some level of personal reflection in such a...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2010 8:43 pm UTC

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In addition to many great Romantic texts, the mid-nineteenth century saw the rise of literary criticism. What do...

Edgar Allan Poe himself was probably the most significant US literary critic of the early- to mid-nineteenth century. So your question partly involves whether in his own writings he followed his...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2018 7:10 pm UTC

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