Note: this post contains spoilers!
Why you should read Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’
Note: This post contains spoilers!
What does King Lear show us about blindness?
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If paradox is perplexing and conceit is confusing, then allusion is probably one of the most annoying literary devices out there.
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For many people, colonialism is hard to talk about.
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Of all the areas in literary analysis, writing about sound is probably one of the most challenging.
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This is a particularly uncomfortable time to be re-reading The Merchant of Venice.Read More »
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The American Dream is a popular concept in American literature, and perhaps an even more popular study topic for high school English students.
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Following my post on comparative devices (simile, metaphor, analogy and conceit), some readers have asked me to write a post on contrasting devices.