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Imagine you are sitting in a car and your favorite song comes on the radio. Unfortunately, the stereo settings seem to be messing up your favorite tune, so you begin to adjust the treble and base levels, fiddle with the speaker balance, and fine-tune the volume. In other words, because you care about the song and how it sounds, you're trying to perfect your listening experience, right down to the last detail. Poets are perfectionists too. Instead of treble and base levels, speaker balance, and volume, though, poets adjust things like structure, punctuation, and word choice to perfect their creations. They will rewrite poems half a dozen times or more — changing a comma here, a word or phrase there — all in an attempt to get just the right feelings and ideas from their mind onto the page.
The Tetrapharmakos (τετραφάρμακος), or, "The four-part cure," is the Greek philosopher Epicurus ' (341 BC, Samos – 270 BC, Athens ) recipe for leading the happiest possible life. The " tetrapharmakos " was originally a compound of four drugs ( wax , tallow , pitch and resin ); the word has been used metaphorically by Epicurus and his disciples to refer to the four remedies for healing the soul. [ 1 ] [ edit ] The four-part cure Don't fear god, Don't worry about death; What is good is easy to get, and What is terrible is easy to endure ( Philodemus , Herculaneum Papyrus, 1005, 4.9-14 ). [ 2 ] In the original Greek: Ἄφοβον ὁ θεός, ἀνύποπτον ὁ θάνατος καὶ τἀγαθὸν μὲν εὔκτητον, τὸ δὲ δεινὸν εὐκαρτέρητον ( Philodemus , Herculaneum Papyrus, 1005, 4.9-14 )
This is a list of notable idioms in the English language . An idiom is a common word or phrase with a culturally understood meaning that differs from what its composite words' denotations would suggest. For example, an English speaker would understand the phrase "kick the bucket" to mean "to die" – as well as to actually kick a bucket. Furthermore, they would understand when each meaning is being used in context. An idiom is not to be confused with other figures of speech such as a metaphor , which invokes an image by use of implicit comparisons ( e.g. , "the man of steel" ); a simile , which invokes an image by use of explicit comparisons ( e.g. , "faster than a speeding bullet" ); and hyperbole , which exaggerates an image beyond truthfulness ( e.g. , like "missed by a mile" ). Idioms are also not to be confused with proverbs , which are simple sayings that express a truth based on common sense or practical experience.
Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author (by the way – I respect every author on here, kind of) J.D. Salinger
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In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years. Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.” The criterion for inclusion was not greatness but INFLUENCE.
In this poem, disaster strangely invades the ordinary. A man standing at the bus stop reading the newspaper is on fire Flames are peeking out from beneath his collar and cuffs His shoes have begun to melt The woman next to him wants to mention it to him that he is burning but she is drowning Water is everywhere in her mouth and ears in her eyes A stream of water runs steadily from her blouse Another woman stands at the bus stop freezing to death She tries to stand near the man who is on fire to try to melt the icicles that have formed on her eyelashes and on her nostrils to stop her teeth long enough from chattering to say something to the woman who is drowning but the woman who is freezing to death has trouble moving with blocks of ice on her feet
Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate