“The Centaur” is one of the most popular and anthologized poems by May Swenson. In the poem, the poet re-creates the joy of riding a stick horse through the summer of a small town. We find ourselves, with her, straddling “a long limber horse with . . . a few leaves for a tail,” and running through the beautiful dust along the course of the old canal. As her form shifts from child to horse and back, we know exactly what she feels like.
First published in 1847, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is one of the most widely read and admired novels of English literature. The novel is admired not only for its thrilling tale of passion and vengeance but also for its power of imagery, its complex structure, and its ambiguity – the very elements that confounded its first critics.
John Bunyan”s The Pilgrim’s Progress is, perhaps, one of such prose writings as constitute the meaningful landmarks which one cannot easily ignore. Generically, thematically and structurally too, the work by Bunyan evades any type of specifications. You may call it an allegory, or even a theological tract within a framework of fiction.
This poem, “anyone lived in a pretty how town,” is one of the most popular and anthologized poems by CC Cummings. It is about a man named Anyone who is not well- liked by the someones and everyones in the town because he is absolutely different and special. Anyone sings and dances, but the townspeople don’t heed him or care about him. Indeed, they’re too busy with their very own lives to even discover him.
The picture of a woman poet frustrated by the restrictions imposed by society on her is seen clearly in “The Introduction”. The poet begins anticipating what critics would say about her lines: “And all might say, they’re by a Woman writt.” A woman writer is viewed as “an intruder on the rights of men” and a “presumptuous Creature” who should desire woman’s proper accomplishments, namely, “Good breeding, fassion, dancing, dressing, play.”
Shadwell By John Dryden About the Poet ➡ Born in Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, England, the eldest of fourteen children. ➡ Entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1650. ➡ Heroic Stanzas (1658), written on the death of Oliver Cromwell is his first important work. ➡Became Poet Laureate and Royal Historiographer. Summary Stanza 1 ➡ The poet states the …
The Retreat by Henry Vaughan About the Poet Henry Vaughan was born in Brecknockshire, Wales. He received his early education in Wales and in 1638 matriculated at Jesus College, Oxford. He left Oxford without taking the degree and started studying law in London. He fought Civil war and served on the Royalist side in South …
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray Introduction “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is one of Thomas Gray’s most popular poems Structurally, this poem is not an elegy as it is not written in elegiac couplets that involve a hexametric line structure followed by a pentametric line, but thematically, it is an …
We are Seven” is one of the beautiful poems by William Wordsworth which was published in his Lyrical Ballads. The subject of life and death is the main theme of the poem. The poem speaker meets a child in rural areas and asks her how many siblings she has. She claims, “Seven in all,” which implies she’s one of seven children. However, it comes to light that two of the seven siblings were dead but the girl counts them as well.
Today we are looking at ways of expressing ability.
Can is the modal verb used to talk about present ability. E.g. I can swim.
Verb to be and able to are also used to talk about present ability. E.g. I am able to swim. In the present, able to is a little more formal than can, but they have the same meaning so it doesn’t matter which one you use.