The House or Home as a Theme in Literature

I have read many books, poems, and short stories, and I have listened to many songs, too. In my humble opinion, much of the literature will say something about a house or two. Some of writing describes a house as warm and fuzzy. Some of it describes a house as cold and sterile. Some of…

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

In my opinion, EVERY writer should read Ray Bradbury and Mark Twain. Those two guys seem to have born few resemblances. They lived in different periods of time and they wrote differently, but these two guys were alike in that they are masters of words, and if a writer is not a master of words,…

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

Back History Before You Read the Story The Veldt by Ray Bradbury.  Bradbury will mention Rima in the story The Veldt. I had to do some research to understand who she was, Rima was an idealized girl of the jungle in GREEN MANSIONS: A Romance of the Tropical Forest by W. H. Hudson, published in…

A Fence by Carl Sandburg

A Fence Carl Sandburg Now the stone house on the lake front is finished and the workmen are beginning the fence. The palings are made of iron bars with steel points that can stab the life out of any man who falls on them. As a fence, it is a masterpiece, and will shut off…

Circles as Symbols and Themes in Literature

“…the routine of life goes on, whatever happens, we do the same things, go through the little performance of eating, sleeping, washing. No crisis can break through the crust of habit.” ― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca “Circles are not just geometrical symbols but are also what makes life possible. The sun is a circle, and…

Symbols in Literature – Symbolism

What Is A Symbol in Literature? Symbols are important in literature. Night can be a symbol in literature. Day can be another symbol in literature. “…Absorbed in the new scents, the sounds, and the sunlight…” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows “Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and…