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The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Author:Salman RushdiePublisher:Henry Holt Salman Rushdie's latest novel suggests the vivid polyphony of a Hieronymous Bosch painting: every corner is crammed with ultrarealistic detail that s…

Richard Hovey: The Thought of her

The Thought of herRichard HoveyMy love for thee doth take me unaware, When most with lesser things my brain is wrought, As in some nimble interchange of thought The silence enters, and the t…

Brewer's: Ease Her!

A command given on a steamer to reduce speed. The next order is generally “Stop her!” —i.e. the steamboat. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 189…

The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Faun

The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Faun The wanton Troopers riding by Have shot my Faun and it will dye. Ungentle men! They cannot thrive To kill thee. Thou neer didst alive Them any h…

Brewer's: Cleopatra and her Pearl

It is said that Cleopatra made a banquet for Antony, the costliness of which excited his astonishment; and, when Antony expressed his surprise, Cleopatra took a pearl ear-drop, which she di…

Anne Bradstreet: Her Mother's Epitaph

Her Mother's Epitaph Here lies A worthy matron of unspotted life, A loving mother and obedient wife, A friendly neighbor, pitiful to poor, Whom oft she fed, and clothed with her store; To serv…

Aesop's Fables: The Milkmaid and Her Pail

by Aesop The Stag in the Ox-StallThe Dolphins, the Whales, and the SpratThe Milkmaid and Her Pail A farmer's daughter had been out to milk the cows, and was returning to the dairy carrying …

Aesop's Fables: The Moon and her Mother

by Aesop The Old Woman and the DoctorMercury and the WoodmanThe Moon and her Mother The Moon once begged her Mother to make her a gown. "How can I?" replied she; "there's no fitting your …

Walt Whitman: Pensive on Her Dead Gazing

Pensive on Her Dead GazingPensive on her dead gazing I heard the Mother of All, Desperate on the torn bodies, on the forms covering the battlefields gazing, (As the last gun ceased, but the sc…