Through a series of adventures, Odysseus experiences an inner journey that teaches him prudence. By the end, peace brings his journey full circle.
The culture and society that infuses Homer’s The Odyssey is similar to and different from modern Western culture and society. Here’s a clear analysis of how, with intriguing examples.
In today’s A Way With Words, Sara Barkat teaches (and amuses) us with the difference between the homophones faze and phase.
In today’s A Way With Words, Sara Barkat amuses us with the difference between the homophones canon and cannon.
What does The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins, mean? Closer to myth than allegory, the possibilities are layered.
Did William Shakespeare make a bad plot choice in Hamlet? Why does Hamlet wait to kill the king? To answer the question, one must understand the play’s nature.
In this classic Shakespeare play, if no one knew what the Macbeths had done, all they need do is look to the air, the earth, animals, sleep, and dreams. Check out this intriguing analysis of order and disorder in Macbeth.
Figuring sanity or insanity isn’t simple from the outside. Was Hamlet insane? That depends on your definition of insanity and the importance of love ties.
Why read tragedy or comedy—or bother to write either one? Psychology and neurology suggest they can change our lives, make us more empathetic, and help us cope.
Was Shakespeare ahead of his time, in his portrayal of the characters in Romeo and Juliet? A close reading of the play contains the answer.
Stuck on a word? There is hope for your writing project with the perfect dictionary to fit your precise need. Sara Barkat has 5 word tools for poets.
Could art education be purposely linked to cursive writing? One artist aims to find out.
In the spirit of Edward Gorey, the “Horribly Tragic Deaths” poems. This one, Merlin and Arthur.
SAT questions should test creativity and sense of humor. This one from Sara Barkat certainly does.
An evocative poem analysis focusing on the imagery in Dover Beach. Insightful and intriguing, from student writer Sara Barkat.
An intriguing poem analysis of Adrienne Rich’s ‘Diving into the Wreck.’ Writers, this is for you!
An evocative, insightful analysis of Sexton’s “Her Kind, ” from student writer Sara Barkat. Hold on to your hat!
A series of Edward Gorey-like illustrations and poems that chronicle the concocted demise of favorite literary and movie characters. Next up: a Star Trek trio.
In the spirit of Edward Gorey, a series of illustrations and poems that chronicle the demise of favorite literary characters. Poem 1: Holmes and Watson.
Who committed the Barbie crime? The dolls (and the horse) are on the Barbie case.