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Essay as Uncanny: Once More to the Moth

You will recall that Jeff Porter, in his “History and Poetics of the Essay,” discusses the Freudian, psychological concept of the uncanny, and applies it to White’s “Once More to the Lake.” As he notes, the uncanny is not simply an experience of the foreign or strange, but rather, of the commingling of the two, the unfamiliar in the familiar. 348 more words

Class Reflection

So... We're Back Again (Weekly Wrap-Up!)

Hello and welcome to another exciting semester!

Over the break, we started reading John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.  Although homework over the break is never looked at with excitement, it was helpful for us to get a head start on the reading so we can get through the rather long book.  320 more words

Weekly Wrap-Up


A shovel and an axe
she says–one to kill and
one to bury. A flower,
a bow–one to shoot,
the other to remember
I forget, you protest: 145 more words


Can I Borrow a Word?

A friend recently asked me in Hebrew, “How do you say karboorator in English?” “Carburetor?” I suggested.

“The thing is, the ekspres bus in Israel is the local service. 713 more words


Emerson's Art and Criticism in the Twenty-First Century: Harold Bloom and TED

Harold Bloom, one of the more famous living literary critics and theorists, is also among the most well-known readers and critics to have been inspired by Emerson.   746 more words


Figurative Speech: Metonymy

This is an interesting one. In many ways, a metonymy is the opposite of a metaphor but they both do the same thing. A metaphor compares a thing to something unrelated by way of implication or suggestion (a brilliant shining diamond bore down in them from the sky) and a simile is a direct comparison (the sun was like a brilliant jewel that morning). 738 more words


Elements of Dickinson's Poetics

To see the Summer Sky

Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie–

True Poems flee–      [#1472]

Here are some elements of Dickinson’s poetics, her grammar.

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