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Independent versifications The versification of this passage from Donne predates the widespread use of the Internet, as you’ll see from the earliest examples below. Moreover, it looks as though multiple editors have independently decided to format the passage as verse. The evidence for this is that different editors have chosen different ways to break up the ...


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The meaning is literally 'spit': Spitting for baseball players is like blinking; it's going to be a tough habit to break. It's not even just spitting on the ground. You know, a lot of us have routines and habits — you know, you spit a little bit in your glove before a pitch. It's got to be a conscious effort from everyone. And, you know, we're going to have ...


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The paragraph immediately before the one you quote is: Richard Lenski, an evolutionary biologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, is among the scientists hitting the rewind button on evolution. Meter-high letters taped to the windows of his lab spell out the lab's motto: EVOLVE. In the center of the "O," the face of Charles Darwin ...


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"Areopagitica" (1644) was written to argue against the Licensing Order of the previous year, which required that works had to be pre-approved by a censor before they could be printed. Some historical background is necessary to fully understand the passage. Until 1640, the Catholic monarch Charles I had claimed to be above parliament. During his ...


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TL;DR: the meaning of the saying varied with time, with original meaning being life in Peter was "expensive", and some drifting to general "difficult". Original meaning was recorded by none other than the famous Vladimir Dal', in his 1862 monumental work "Пословицы и поговорки русского народа" ("Proverbs and sayings of the ...


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Yes, this is straightforward (if somewhat tedious). Avowals and Denials begins with a note: The essays of which this book is composed are reprinted, often with slight alterations, from the Illustrated London News, by kind permission of the proprietors of that paper. The original dates can thus be found using the British Newspaper Archive. This would ...


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De Quincey says that murder singularly focuses the attention on the instinct for self-preservation, which destroys any sense of distinction between human beings and animals: the primal law of self-preservation, is the same in kind, (though different in degree,) amongst all living creatures; this instinct therefore, because it annihilates all distinctions, ...


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The Russian for that two-liner is Старый Питер, Бока повытер. See DVK's answer for a much better analysis than mine. I now agree that my assumptions below were incorrect. I would argue that the correct translation into English has nothing to do with people: it's a saying that describes the city itself: Old Petersburg, with its worn out sides. It ...


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It does mean "except", as in "There is no happiness except when one's conduct is both virtuous and self-approving" (to restructure the sentence slightly). What Franklin means here by self-approving is explained in the next sentence: not only must one's conduct be virtuous, but it must "bear the test of our [...] reflections upon [it]&...


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He means they sit completely still, as still as statues. They sit on logs, so the statues they most resemble are statues of people mounted on horseback (equestrian statues) - the horse being the equivalent of the log. This is the ‘torpor’ he describes elsewhere in the para: With respect to the torpor supposed to follow, or rather (if we were to credit ...


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For completeness, I leave here the straightforward and tedious search. Monsters and logic 6 january 1934 On Christmas that is coming 23 December 1933 On the man on the spot 26 August 1933 On Shaw and his back girl 31 December 1932 On the atheist museum 19 November 1932 On the new prudery 11 March 1933 On the return of the barbarian 5 August 1933 On ...


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I note that the two authors you cite are both English writers, and so the issue you bring up deals with how the English language acquired its extensive vocabulary. While many of the words used in writing English are words inherited from Middle English (I will refer to this as stock English), a large part of English vocabulary comes from borrowings from ...


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A paraphrase would be God doesn't do more than He needs to. To paraphrase more closely we cannot presume that any divine act would include anything unnecessary. Supererogation means doing more than is asked of you or than is required; it generally refers to what is morally required, but can refer to what is legally required or other areas as well (as the ...


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Lamb wrote some personal essays in the persona of 'Phil-Elia', the children in this particular essay are those he might have had if his suit with Alice W----n had succeeded. The Dream Children are named Alice and John, memorialising the Alice who married Bartram and Lamb's(Elia's) brother John. John L (or James Elia) is Charles Lamb's older brother, as ...


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The short answer to this question is, "Yes, they can. It simply depends on how we define literature." Cuddon defines literature as follows: A vague terms which usually denotes works which belong to the major genres: epic, drama, lyric, novel, short story, ode. Further down he adds: However, there are many works which cannot be classified in the ...


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For Eliot, emotion refers to a relatively enduring psychological state, feeling to a relatively transient sense perception. He argues that the act of poetic creation is a catalyst that helps transform both psychological states and sense perceptions into a work of art. He says that great variety is possible in the degree to which any given artwork depicts ...


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