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Brief History of Haiku

Often, we see poetry as a composition formed by combining different verses, which may or may not rhyme. But there is another, simpler form of poetry, called haiku. Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry that originated from the late 19th century. Haikus traditionally follow a five-seven-five morae pattern, mora being the most basic phonetic

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Author Spotlight: Suzanne Collins

Known best for her creation Katniss Everdeen, Suzanne Collins has become one of the most well-known authors of this generation. Collins hailed from a military family and spent her childhood in the eastern United States. She graduated first at the Alabama School of Fine Arts as a theatre arts major, then she studied a double

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An Introduction to Figures of Speech

  Over the years, humans have developed language into what it is today: double meanings, melodic sentences and phrases that evoke emotion. Figures of speech are words or phrases that mean something else than its literal meaning. Here are some of the figures of speech that give color to the English language. Simile and Metaphor

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Author Spotlight: F Scott Fitzgerald

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, F. Scott Fitzgerald is popular not only for his poetry and his novels, but also his distinct depictions of the Jazz Age, or the Roaring Twenties.   Fitzgerald’s romantic style comes from childhood, being raised by an aristocratic father and a provincial mother. Fitzgerald viewed the American life as both

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When Book Banning Fails: Top Challenged Books in America

Book censorships result in one of two things: banning or challenging. When a book is banned, the material is completely removed from public consumption. When a book is challenged, however, it means that an individual, or group, has submitted a motion to ban the material. There have been many banned books over the years, but

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