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Of what people, of what liquor-agency does Thoreau speak in this paragraph from "The Last Days of John Brown"?

1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act raised the possibility that slavery could be extended into territories where it had once been banned. "Extension" was very controversial. The Massachusetts ...
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Did Napoleon ever shoot a bookseller?

This is presumably the Nuremberg bookseller Johann Philipp Palm. Napoleon did not shoot him personally, but he was shot on Napoleon's orders on the charge of distributing anti-Bonapartist pamphlets, ...
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How does ignorance make a barren waste in "To the Nile" by John Keats?

I think the question is right: the poem criticizes descriptions of Egypt by westerners who look at the landscape and see only a barren waste. The question asks if Keats ever visited Africa. He did not:...
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What are we to understand by "panther" in this Old English poem?

I was curious about the lovely Irish scribe's poem Pangur Ban his white (Ban) cat who hunts mice while he hunts words for his translations. I wondered if it was the monk scribe's hearing perhaps an ...
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Why does changing one's name to 'Vladimir' indicate allegiance to Moscow?

Voldemar is an Estonian name, the Estonian version of a name whose version in Russian and some other Slavic languages is Vladimir. Changing one's name from Voldemar to Vladimir would seem to be a way ...
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Connotative meaning of poetic lines:- "And We went without meat and cursed the bread"

It seems unlikely that the quoted couplet is a Biblical reference, for the simple reason that there are no other Biblical allusions in the poem. Rather, its focus is on class differentials and the ...
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What does "The thirties all over again" mean?

The key event of the Thirties in Britain was the election of the Labour party government. The Labour party was viewed with great distrust by the established leaders of Britain. They suspected - in ...
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"La guerra" by Goldoni: why was it about waiting for a war commissioner to become rich?

In the mid-eighteenth century when the play La Guerra is set, the post of "commissario di guerra" (or "commissaire des guerres" in French) was common in many European militaries ...
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