‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.’ It’s one of the best-known and most widely quoted utterances from the New Testament, and it appears in a relatively short section of the Bible which is replete with famous utterances. But what does Jesus mean by ‘blessed are the […]
Poets have often turned to childhood as a theme for their poetry, but what about pregnancy? In this post, we collect together some of the best poems about expecting a child, being pregnant, and giving birth, as well as the experiences of bringing a new life into the world.
‘The Gift of the Magi’ is a short story by the US short-story writer O. Henry, whose real name was William Sydney Porter (1862-1910). His stories are characterised by their irony, their chatty narrative style, their occasional sentimentality, and by their surprise twist endings. All of these things became something […]
Love is a common theme for poetry. Many poets have sought to describe the feeling of falling in love, being in love, loving someone you shouldn’t, or loving someone who doesn’t return that affection. Love is universal: it can be personal romantic love or even the love of all one’s […]
The best stories by the American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) are written in spare, clear prose, using short sentences and plain dialogue. This is a trademark feature of Hemingway’s style in his short stories and novels. But what are Hemingway’s very best stories? He wrote dozens of short stories across […]