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The Merchant of Venive Act II

The Merchant of Venice Act 2  .. Prince of Morocco prepares to have a go at the puzzle of caskets that he must win to get Portia. He is a rather dark-complexioned man, but is well-built, and handsome. He enters in a pompous way, but is clearly told by her that if he fails in […]

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Chief Seattle’s Speech

ICSE English Literature … Chief Seattle’s Speech Background .. The Americans that inhabit the United States of America today were not there before the early eighteenth century, nor was there a single unified country like the United States we see today. After the intrepid Spaniard Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, European migration to the […]

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A Dog Named Duke by William D. Ellis (paraphrasing)

A Dog Named Duke by William D. Ellis (Learn the underlined words) Para 1 .. It is a story of 1953. Chuck Hooper was a strong, well-built young manbubbling with energy. Athletic and friendly, he had been a footballer during his university days. Now, he worked for a chemical company as its Zonal Sales Manager. A […]

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The Brook by Tennyson — Explanation

The Brook by Tennyson — Analysis Stanza by stanza analysis Stanza 1 .. I come from haunts of coot and hern, I make a sudden sally And sparkle out among the fern, To bicker down a valley. Here Tennyson, a keen observer of Nature, personifies a rocky stream when he describes its cross country journey. […]

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ICSE Literature —–The Inchcape Rock

Inchcape Rock by Robert Southey (1820)   No stir in the air, no stir in the sea, The Ship was still as she could be; Her sails from heaven received no motion, Her keel was steady in the ocean.   Meaning .. The sea was calm and the water was placid. The ship stood still […]

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The Lotus by Toru Dutt

The Lotus-Toru Dutt (1856-1877) Love came to Flora asking for a flower That would of flowers be undisputed queen, The lily and the rose, long, long had been Rivals for that high honour. Bards of power Had sung their claims. “The rose can never tower Like the pale lily with her Juno mien”– “But is […]

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The Tree by Philip Larkin

The Tree by Phillip Larkin The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief. Meaning … It is spring time. New tender leaves appear on the branches as the tree goes through its annual process of regeneration and renewal. The […]

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In the Bazaars of Hyderabad by Sarojini Naidu — Explanation

In the Bazaars of Hyderabad   Introduction…. Born with Bengali roots to an intellectually-gifted parents, Sarojini Naidu had the opportunity to receive good education both in India and in England. She made the best of her extraordinary talent and privileged upbringing to do things that her soul really craved for. The plight of Indian women […]

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The Tiger at the End of the Tunnel by Ruskin Bond

The Tiger in the Tunnel by Ruskin Bond   Thembu’s father, Baldeo, was a small-time employee in the railways. His job demanded working at night. No matter how cold or wet the night was, he had to brave the elements to go out of his hut for duty. His humble dwelling was beside a jungle. […]

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The Flower School

The Flower School Introduction .. Rabindanath Tagore is the iconic Bengali writer who brought India its first (only, so far) Nobel Prize in Literature. Through the innocent eyes of a school-going child, the poet captures the thrill and excitement of the blossoming of flowers with the onset of rains. The childlike description of the seasonal […]