LITERATURE

O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman composed this elegy, or mourning poem, "O Captain! My Captain!" after Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is...

The Nerve of Foley

The Nerve of Foley

“Foley is typical of the men who work the railroad in Spearman’s universe: tough, good-natured, gloriously effectual.”

Falling in Love with Poetry, Part 2

With a symphonic integration of all the resources of language, great love poets take the most elusive nuances, thrills, mysteries, and motifs of love and throw them into sharp relief.

The Merchant of Mars

The Merchant of Mars

The head of NASA convinces the President that space exploration should be done by private industry, and the United States government declares, “The first person to land on Mars, live there a year, and return alive owns the whole Red Planet.” Welcome to the greatest race in history.

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