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William Austin: Timeline, Battle of Bunker Hill, and Peter Rugg, the Missing Man


During Austin's college years, he was chosen to become a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, which according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is "a person winning high scholastic distinction in an American college or university and being elected to membership in a national honor society founded in 1776." Austin declined his invitation to the Phi Beta Kappa Society for two main reasons: one, he disliked the idea of secret societies; and two, he was upset that a particularly worthy student (presumably a friend or scholastic rival) had not received an invitation.


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The Four Stages of W. H. Auden's Writing Career


In the late 1920's through the early 1930's, there was a (unaffiliated) group of liberal and left-wing English poets that set out to bring new techniques and attitudes to English poetry. The "group" consisted of Stephen Spender, C. Day Lewis, Louis MacNeice, and W. H. Auden.

Auden was influenced by: Wilfred Owen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, who work taught Auden how to use metrical and verbal techniques. Auden embraced the conversational and ironic tone of T. S. Eliot, and like Eliot he used it to scrutinize society's downward spiral. From Thomas Hardy, Auden learned metrical variety, irregular form, and how to fuse public and private perspectives into a cohesive whole.


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The Structure of The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron is an example of a framed narrative; the book takes place over ten days during the time of the Black Plague. There are ten people (comprised of both men and women), who have escaped the city of Florence Italy, that is quarantined due to the Plague, to the beautiful countryside. Each day each of the ten escapees tells a story based on the day's theme, which is decided upon by the day's queen or king. By the end of their time together they have shared a hundred stories between them.

In The Structure of the Decameron, I have compiled three different lists that will help you to navigate the different stories stories. There is a list that will tell you which character is the designated king or queen for each day. Another list, tells you the theme of the stories by day. Lastly, there is a list of which stories are told by which characters with links to my summary of that story.


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Raymond Carver's "Are These Actual Miles?" Q&A


I compiled a list of frequently asked questions on Raymond Carver's Are These Actual Miles? and answer them for you. Some of the questions asked are:

Who is narrating the story?
What is the main conflict of the story?
Why does Leo keep repeating "Monday"?
What are Blue Chip stamps?
What is the significance of the glasses that have playing cards printed on them?
Is Leo suicidal?

If You have any additional questions, please them in the comment section and I will try my best to answer them for you.


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Rupert Brooke's The Soldier (Analysis)


Rupert Brooke was commissioned as an officer into the Royal Naval Division. He took part in a campaign in Antwerp, which was aborted soon after it began. Brooke was with the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force sailing for Gallipoli (also known as the Dardanelles Campaign) when he was bit by a mosquito and subsequently contracted blood poisoning. He died on April 23, 1915 (on St. George's Day), at the age of twenty-seven. He was buried on the island of Skyros, in a spot chosen by his good friend William Denis Brown. Brooke was associated with the Georgians, which is a group of pastoral poets; Georgian poetry is characterized by the infusion of nature with nationalist feelings (1).


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