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What does stanza 4 of Defeat by Kahlil Gibran mean?

I love Defeat (by Kahlil Gibran) but I don't understand these lines in the fourth stanza of this poem:Defeat, my Defeat, my bold companion,You shall hear my songs and...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by Mr Pringle

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What was Proust's influence on Miroslav Krleža?

Miroslav Krleža was one of the most important 20th-century Croatian authors. The Wikipedia article about him lists several influences on his work, including "key authors like (...)...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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What is the original Korean title of "The Tiger and the Persimmon"?

This short Korean folk story has been variously translated into English:The Tiger and the PersimmonTiger and Dried PersimmonThe Tiger and the...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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Why do many Korean folk tales start with "back when tigers smoked"?

I've read in a few sources that the Korean equivalent of the "once upon a time ..." which often begins English folk stories is something like "back when tigers smoked...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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Why is a sorrowing heart called "Sultan" and a stone heart called "burial site" in this verse of Saint Kabir?

I came across this verse of the great Indian poet Saint Kabir:बिरहा बुरहा जिनि कहौ, बिरहा है सुलतान।जिस घटि बिरह न संचरै, सो घट सदा मसान॥birahaa burahaa jini kahau,...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by Knight wants Loong back

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Was it traditional to omit the prologue from Shakespeare's plays in the First Folio?

In an older question about the purpose of the prologue in Romeo and Juliet, Cory Howell asked in a now deleted answer:For what it's worth, the Prologue is...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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Why is C.S. Lewis so concerned with being locked into a wardrobe?

In The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe author C.S. Lewis makes at least 3-4 references to the characters making sure to not latch the wardrobe from the inside "as...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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Why is the order of The Chronicles of Narnia changed from original publication?

When I originally read The Chronicles of Narnia I read an older boxset which has the books numbered in original publication order:The Lion, The Witch, and the WardrobePrince CaspianThe Voyage...

Asked on 08/23/2021 by sanpaco

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"just at the time that I dated my creation" in Frankenstein

In Chapter Seven of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I saw the following sentence:I remembered also the nervous fever with which I had been seized just at the time that I dated...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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Are the sun and moon generally personified in Korean folklore, or just in this origin story?

There's a Korean folk story entitled 해와 달이 된 오누이, variously translated as "The Origin of the Sun and the Moon" or "Sister Sun and Brother Moon"...

Asked on 08/23/2021

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