American Literature

What Charlie Dalton and Ralph Waldo Emerson Have in Common

In the movie Dead Poets Society, Mr. Keating teaches his students to think for themselves, pursue their passions, and be intuitive and self-reliant—transcendentalist principles from writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman. Thanks to Keating’s unorthodox teaching methods, his students embrace his message and begin to act according to those principles. Student …

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English Literature

Three Interpretations of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”

Frontispiece and title-page of ‘Goblin Market and Other Poems’

The most common interpretation of Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” is that it reflects her involvement with the Anglo-Catholic movement (Greenblatt 489). Marylu Hill believes the poem is intricately connected to Saint Augustine’s teachings and the “doctrine of the Holy Eucharist” (Hill 455). Hill sees the hunger Laura feels for the Goblins’ fruit as being equal to …

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