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What makes the Sydney barber's remark rude?

This is straightforward with the assistance of a comprehensive dictionary: flat, n. 21. (obsolete) A dull fellow; a simpleton. green, adj. 7. (figurative, of people) Naive or unaware of obvious facts....
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What is the meaning of the final stanza of The Rabbi's Song by Rudyard Kipling?

tl;dr The "means" is forgiveness. Deets The quoted verse is Kipling's recasting of 2 Samuel 14 14: For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up ...
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Trying to identify short poem

That sounds like "The Reassurance" by Thom Gunn: About ten days or so After we saw you dead You came back in a dream. I'm alright now you said. And it was you, although You were fleshed out ...
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What is the significance of counting up to twelve in 'Keeping Quiet'?

The narrator is metaphorically comparing himself to a clock speaking to other clocks. Prior to the 21st century, most clocks were analog; they had clock faces with numbers that went from 1 to 12, and ...
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Difference between "conte" and "nouvelle" at the time of La Fontaine

Both contes and nouvelles are short stories. La Fontaine encompasses both of them under the term contes in his preface (bold mine): J'avais résolu de ne consentir à l'impression de ces contes qu'...
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Difference between "conte" and "nouvelle" at the time of La Fontaine

It appears that the "contes" are written in regular verse and use an older diction, while the "nouvelles" are written in irregular verse, with rhyme scheme and meter varying in the ...
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Who inspired the poem "Addicted to Proof"?

tl;dr In this poem, Shor faces and resoundingly overcomes his fear that his best poetry is behind him. The "scientist" who inspired the poem is Shor himself. Deets Peter Shor's limericks, ...
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What are the "concurring signs" of which Satan speaks?

I think Francis Storr is correct when he says that Milton does not explain these “signs”: 831 By concurring signs. To judge by concurring signs. What these signs are is not intimated. Francis Storr, ...
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Aspects of Kamala Das's Poem 'My Mother at Sixty-Six'

She capitalizes "Young / Trees" for emphasis, to heighten the contrast with her mother, who "was as old as she / looked." Also, if the words had just been "young / trees ...
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What is the significance of counting up to twelve in 'Keeping Quiet'?

Poetry in translation is not the same as the original. So, please see below. I am not suggesting another translation or saying the one you see everywhere is not good. I am merely explaining some bits ...
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Context of Kipling poem Dane-Geld

The 'Background' notes provided state that the poem comes from Kipling and Fletcher's A School History of England of 1911. I found a commentary on the book here
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Who wrote this poem?

Yesterday, January 22, 2024, my family has confirmed through Facebook Messenger with the author directly, that yes indeed, Monica Bobbitt did write the poem about what grief is. We were moved by this ...
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