Matt Thrower
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Where does Tolkien talk about hybridization of humans and other beings, in "On Fairy Stories"?
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We cannot of course know the exact passage TV Tropes have in mind without asking the author, but I suspect it might be this. If men really could not distinguish between frogs and men, fairy-stories ...

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How are old horror short stories classified?
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Most of the authors you list belong to a genre known as Weird Fiction. The Wikipedia article on the genre has four out of the five authors you name under its list of notable contributors and names Poe ...

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Interpretation of some lines in The Dolphins by Carol Ann Duffy
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In The Dolphins, a dolphin which has been captured and trained for an aquarium show mourns its loss of freedom. In addition to critiquing humanities' treatment of wild animals, it also presents a ...

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Is there any significance to Blake's choice of the name Lyca?
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Blake's poems are cryptic and invite multiple interpretations. To my amazement, while researching this question I found that the 26 stanzas of these two poems inspired, among other things, an academic ...

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Why did Bob Dylan choose Highway 61 for "Highway 61 Revisited"?
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Highway 61 ran through Duluth in Minnesota, where Dylan was born. Growing up, he saw it as a route not only out of his home town but one that went to places that spoke to him, musically. "Highway ...

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In the poem "Alone" by Tomas Transtromer, what is the significance of the two parts and how do they relate to each other?
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At first glance, these feel like two different poems. The first is an ethereal description of the terror of being involved in a car crash. The second reads like a plea for quiet and solitude in an ...

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Why was the early draft of "Atrocities" so significant?
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It appears there may be a misunderstanding in the question. There is no particular significance to Atrocities The Wikipedia quote is a bad summary of the article it references, which makes two ...

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Where's the climax of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy?
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There is no climax: this is likely intentional Rowling's early life was difficult. Her mother suffered from illness and she had an awkward relationship with her father. She longed to leave home for ...

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In chapter I.5 of Finnegans Wake, how are the "paper wounds" ordered?
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The clue to this question is in the text itself. By using the word "respectively", Joyce is telling the reader to take the marks in the order he has listed them. For example the Collins ...

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What fictional series has the longest release to completion?
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The Professor Branestawm books might stretch the definition of a series but were all written by the same author, Norman Hunter, and set in the same universe. They were published between 1933, when The ...

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What does "cold died beyond knowledge" mean in Ted Hughes' "Owl's Song"?
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It's an example of emphasis by repetition. A major theme of the Crow cycle is how empirical methods of understanding the cosmos are doomed to failure in a spiritual sense. It doesn't matter how well ...

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Meaning of "cloudless at dawn" and connection with Shakespeare's head?
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It's flowery description of Shakespeare's head. For those unfamiliar with his work, the most famous image of Shakespeare is of a bald man with facial hair. Since most men of his era cultivated ...

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Origin of "give a watermelon a pure fit" in "Blood Meridian"
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I had always taken this to be questioning whether the ears had, in fact, come from live Apache warriors. As in: the "Apaches" in question were so feeble they would only frighten ("give .. a pure fit") ...

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Why is Lorca so angry at 'the urban faggots?'
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The genesis of this poem is in the fiercely Catholic and masculine culture of 1900's Spain, where Lorca grew up. This was not simply unfriendly to homosexuality, but actively hostile to it. As a young ...

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What happened to Marley in A Christmas Carol?
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There is no textual answer to this question. Instead, however, we can perhaps artifice one by looking at the religious beliefs of the author. The academic symposium The Dickens Project has this to say ...

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What is the significance of the name "Kopy-Keck" in The Light Princess?
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The essay Jesting in Earnest by Daniel Gabelman, included in the book Re-Embroidering the Robe: Faith, Myth and Literary Creation since 1850 seems to imply the pun in the name may be "Copy Kant". Here'...

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What happens to Crow after communion?
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Crow Communes is a parody of the Christian rite of communion, where the celebrants consume bread and wine and believe that it either represent or mystically becomes the flesh and blood of Christ. In ...

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When and why did the practice of reading "Address to a Haggis" at Burns Night dinner originate?
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Burns died relatively young, possibly of a heart condition, at the age of 37. He had been expressing staunch support for two unpopular causes, the French revolution and Scotting political reform. As a ...

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What is the meaning of the word "incident" in "She brought colour and incident into my life"?
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The word "incident" is commonly used to mean "an incident". Google's built in dictionary has: n instance of something happening; an event or occurrence: "several amusing incidents" However, it ...

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What does Fingersmith say about the relationship between feminism and pornography
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The key to understanding this is to see that the character of Maud herself is a metaphor for the male presumption of entitlement over women. She is taken by her Uncle from an environment where she is ...

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Where and to whom did Toni Morrison give this speech?
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In another part of that same book (I cannot find the page number in Google books), the author says this speech was at Portland University. "Toni Morrison, one of the foremost storytellers of my ...

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Why is God a "harshener"? What does this mean?
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Nat Turner, the subject of the poem, was an American slave who led a violent rebellion that lead to the deaths of sixty white people. Hayden wrote other poems about the brutal injustices of slavery ...

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In Stephen King's The Shining, what is the meaning of Jack's conversation with Grady?
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This is a personal opinion rather than something I can reference, but to me the key to understanding this passage is this line: You’re the caretaker, sir, you’ve always been the caretaker. I should ...

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In what way is the poem 'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker related to power / conflict?
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There is an old adage: "history is written by the victors". Paper that lets the light shine through, this is what could alter things. "Paper" - even paper so aged and feeble that it can't ...

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Why does Cat Stevens's Moonshadow talk about losing legs and eyes?
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According to Wikipedia (which cites a slightly dubious source that I can't verify), Stevens felt the message of this song was "uplifting" and he has called it an "optimist's anthem". This song was, ...

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What is the rhetorical purpose of the description of Miss Emily?
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This quote is from his short story A Rose For Emily. The full quote is: "She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue". It's important to give ...

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Son of Adam but not Eve? Daughter of Eve but not Adam?
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Not a definitive answer, but Google Ngrams is helpful here. The first book in the Narnia series was published in 1950, but a search reveals the phrase in fairly common use from the 1820's onward. The ...

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Understanding preemptive penance and absolution
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This is a reference to the Catholic belief that sin can be atoned for through confession and the acceptance of a self-imposed punishment, called a penance. This atones for the sin, and wipes away some ...

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