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Meaning of a 19 century joke printed in a newspaper, with punchline "Oh, mother, what a good job the cat’s a black one"

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Meaning of "all the boards did shrink" in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Meaning of "d-n" in "'T is strange—the Hebrew noun which means 'I am,' the English always used to govern d—n"

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1 answer
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What is "vulgar white of personal aims"? Why is it "white"?

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Meaning of "And do not drop in for an after-loss" in Shakespeare's sonnet 90

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1 answer
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Meaning of "may I be twice damned for a bank-clerk or store hand" in "I hight Don Quixote", a poem by Jack Parsons

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1 answer
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Meaning of "I shut my tongue against my fly"

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1 answer
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Meaning of "We make the wise distinction still, soever made in vain" in a poem by Dickinson

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Meaning of "Where the return stands by disdain" in a poem by Thomas Wyatt

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Meaning of "you wear your blue so chiefly in your eyes ... it comforts me entirely for your fame" in Aurora Leigh

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Meaning of a stanza in Byron's Don Juan

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Meaning of "pig who sees the wind" in Byron's Don Juan

6 votes
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Meaning of "enabled of the eye" in a poem by Dickinson

6 votes
1 answer
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Meaning of "and those things which for an instant clip enjoyment's wings" in Byron's Don Juan

6 votes
2 answers
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Meaning of "dim blue match" in "The Female Vagrant" by Wordsworth

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1 answer
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Meaning of "Was given to her favorite, and now bore his" in Byron's Don Juan

5 votes
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Meaning of "all game and bottom" in Byron's "Don Juan"

5 votes
1 answer
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What are the "garment thin" and the "prize" in the song "The Ballad of the Shape of Things to Come"?

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Meaning of "The ear becomes more Irish, and less nice" in Byron's Don Juan

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Meaning of "I own myself incredulous of confidence like this availing him or you"

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2 answers
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Meaning of "gambled" in "whose wasted right hand gambled against his left" (Aurora Leigh)

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Meaning of "to risk, in turn, a woman's paradox"

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Meaning of "He says it still of truth, which is his own" (in "Aurora Leigh")

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Meaning of "Where juries cast up what a wife is worth"?

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Meaning of "So shakes the needle, and so stands the pole, as vibrates my fond heart to my fixed soul"

4 votes
2 answers
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Meaning of "Hounds, when the huntsman tumbles, are at fault" in Byron's Don Juan

4 votes
1 answer
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Why is a cuckolded husband "fit for heaven" in Byron's Don Juan?

4 votes
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Meaning of "sheer hulk" in the poem/song "Tom Bowling" by Charles Dibdin = "just a hulk of a ship" or "a floating crane"?

4 votes
1 answer
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Meaning of "and a good halfpenny where 'twas a bad one" in Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd"

4 votes
1 answer
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Meaning of "I'm almost three-score" in "The Idiot Boy" by Wordsworth