This poem by W. H. Auden (1907-1973), marks the beginning of World War II, which started with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. He is an analyst of the times, and his deep insights are as true today as they were in September 1939: Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return… […]

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It is amazing that somebody in 1909 could predict our Internet age with such accuracy. This short story by E.M. Forster is a chilling account of the role of technology in our lives. Written in 1909, it’s as relevant today as the day it was published. Forster had several visions of the future that materialized […]

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folly – folly for to – for to – what is the word – folly from this – all this – folly from all this – given – folly given all this – seeing – folly seeing all this – this – what is the word – this this – this this here – all […]

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Her poems are highly musical, her confessional style is at times breath-taking. No matter how many poems she writes, the emotional pain never goes away.   Her Kind I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night; dreaming evil, I have done my hitch over the plain houses, light by […]

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T.S. Eliot (1888–1965).  The Waste Land.  1922. I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering          5 Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers. Summer surprised us, coming over the […]

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We all have internal monologues, but it is exceedingly hard to capture the flow of consciousness in words. James Joyce came as close as one can get, and here is the famous example of Molly’s soliloquy. Introduction The last 50 pages of Ulysses (1922) are some of the most extraordinary  prose in the English language. […]

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Orwell’s 1984 is as relevant today as it was at the time of it’s creation. It’s interesting that dystopian Science Fiction seems to work better than all philosophical or scientific warnings about the future. 1984 is one of the most influential novels ever written; it had a profound effect on the world. Since its publication […]

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