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What is a partisan hut?

Evidently, there was an extensive Belarusian partisan force opposing Nazi occupation (apparently involving as many as 153,700 partisans). The Wikipedia article I link to mentions that one of the major ...
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Why is the 1820 Indicator version of La Belle Dame Sans Merci seen as more "politically correct"?

Fry relies on McGann, so in this answer I’m going to summarize McGann’s argument. McGann starts with the observation that a commonly accepted editorial principle is that the editor should try to ...
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What is the meaning of this sher?

Sher is denoted as circumstances which limit you to do whatever you like or want and dar o deewar are the confinements which will never allow you to act or even think with freedom. Jungle is your ...
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Why does Pimien Pancanka refer to a point in Georgia when talking about Iran and Belarus?

In Russian tradition the Caucasian range is a last frontier. Everything beyond it is a romantic cloud. Don't pay attention to geography. The two peaks mentioned in the poem in turn symbolize the ...
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Why is the Reeve's hair cut like a priest's?

While Gareth’s answer gets into details of why the Reeve might be described in such exacting detail (and made for a fascinating read), he doesn’t really deal with the question of the meaning of the ...
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Why is the Reeve's hair cut like a priest's?

John M. Manly presents a theory, which I will outline below, that Chaucer’s Reeve was based on a real person. If you find this theory plausible, then the explanation for the detailed description of ...
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Rhymes in William Blake's 'The Tyger'

No! Here is an example that proves how Blake pronounces "eyes", from Songs of Innocence: Sweet moans, dovelike sighs, Chase not slumber from thy eyes. Sweet moans, sweeter smiles, All the ...
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Accented è in Blake's "The little ones leapèd, and shoutèd, and laugh'd / And all the hills echoèd."

The 'èd' verb ending in 19th-century and earlier poems indicates that you are supposed to pronounce the ending -ed as a separate syllable. This is not the spelling Blake used when he originally wrote ...
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Was Thomas Hardy's "Unkept Good Fridays" negatively received in its time?

No contemporary response As far as I can tell, there was no contemporary response to ‘Unkept Good Fridays’, and certainly no negative reaction of the kind suggested in the questions. As for the ...
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What does 'diope' mean in the poem 'Pediatric Reflection' by Ogden Nash?

Ogden Nash was fond of the humorous effect created by employing a rhyme that only works if you distort the pronunciation of one of the words, an effect that he signalled by a deliberate mis-spelling. ...
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Scanning "Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote"

In this answer, I’ll discuss the general problem of dividing a line into feet, and then I’ll look in more detail at Chaucer’s opening line. Are feet real? English prosody is based on stress, which is ...
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