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The Cop and the Anthem  by O. Henry

The Cop and the Anthem  by O. Henry – Explanation Soapy lived the life of a tramp. He wandered around in the Madison Square in New York. He saw the birds flying south and people ambling in their warm clothes. These were the precursor of the approaching winter. Soapy pondered the looming harsh winter he […]

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Keeping it from Harold by P.G. Woodhouse

Keeping it from Harold by P.G. Woodhouse ————————————————.————————— Full text explained in appropriate words …. Para 1 … This is a scene in Bill Bramble’s house. The highly gifted son Harold sits at the table and addresses his mother Mrs. Bramble, “Ma!”. She is a nice little woman with a rather mediocre brain. She dotes […]

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Ozymandias  

Ozymandias   by Percy Bysshe Shelley.. Introduction …The celebrated English poet P. B. Shelley once met an intrepid traveler who had gone around ancient Egypt. The traveler recounted his seeing two extra-ordinarily large trunkless legs made of stone which were, obviously, the remnants of a huge statue. The statue had crumbled into pieces and lay […]

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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar  1a. Difference between ‘killing’, ‘murder’ and ‘assassination’. Killing …It means an act of causing death, especially deliberately. a. The killing of large number of cows became necessary after Mad Cow Disease spread in the area. b. Killing of Maoists will not be very effective to curb their menace. Some innovative political approach would […]

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Macavity – The Mystery Cat by T S Eliot

The poem Macavity – The Mystery Cat by T S Eliot Introduction … This poem is best known of T.S. Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’. This is the only book Eliot wrote for younger audience. Macavity is, in all likelihood, a notorious, but extremely wily and villainous human being given to committing daring […]

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From the Diary of Anne Frank -Explanation and Q & A

From the Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank wrote her diary when her father Otto Frank along with four of her friends went into hiding in his office building. They successfully evaded the prying eyes of the Nazi police, until an informer disclosed their hide-out. From the self-imposed solitary confinement in Netherlands, the family was […]

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How I Taught My Grandmother to Read – by Sudha Murthy

How I Taught My Grandmother to Read – Story by Sudha Murthy Explanation Para 1 … I was about twelve then. I lived with my grandparents in a North Karnataka village. Transport to this place was quite basic / rudimentary. Life seemed to move rather slowly. The morning paper came in the afternoon. The weekly […]

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Mirror by Sylvia Plath

Mirror by Sylvia Plath I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful ‚ The eye of a little god, four-cornered. Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall. It is pink, […]

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A Photograph by Shirley Toulson .. Explanation

A Photograph by Shirley Toulson .. Explanation This is a poem of remembrance with a rather sad tone. It brings into focus the unstoppable changes ‘time’ forces on the lives of humans and objects. A old, unframed photograph is the cue …… The photograph, old and frayed, holds so many happy moments of her mother’s […]

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The Bishop’s Candlestick

The Bishop’s Candlesticks It would be incomplete to read this soul-stirring drama without learning about Victor Hugo who wrote Les Miserables. The novel, written in mid-nineteenth century, portrays the poverty, insensitivity, and the economic disparity of the then French society. The book brought to public eye the extremely oppressive prison conditions in France and the […]