You’re Invincible

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Think bright and aim high,

Envision to reach the sky.

Put in your best in what you do,

It’s inconsequential you compete with who.

Success comes to those who try,

Not to those who complain and cry.

So spare no effort, and say with pride;

I’ll take the world in my stride.’

Fun facts about William Shakespeare — Creabealounge

William Shakespeare has always intrigued me to start studying English literature, and to become a writer myself, in a sense. Moreover, his adaptation of words usage is certainly very interesting, yet sophisticated in its own way. So, for today’s post, I thought that it’d be fun to share some fun facts about this man! His […]

Fun facts about William Shakespeare — Creabealounge

How to Read a Novel Like a Lit Major

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If you’ve ever analysed a novel in school, you probably know that reading a novel for analysis is different from reading a novel for pleasure. Especially as a literature student, you quickly have to get used to the fact that reading a novel isn’t the same as reading a novel well. The latter requires much more time and practice.

When analyzing a work of fiction, you should consider the following three steps:

1. First Reading: Comprehension

Read the full novel without dwelling for too long on single passages. Pay attention to things you notice about the text (e.g. reoccurring themes and motifs). Most importantly, block out distractions while you’re reading. If you want to understand the full meaning of a novel, you need to give your full attention to it.

It’s also helpful to write down a short summary of the main events of each chapter or part once you finish…

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My Father

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My father was my idol,
The most perfect being;
Who looked like a prince,
And lived like a king.

He was the strongest fellow,
The wisest of the wise.
The merriest of all fellows,
A being destined to rise.

I loved my dad to bits,
And hung to him all time.
He spoilt me with his love,
And helped me to shine.

He was a perfect person,
A genius and with midas touch.
I adored him with starry eyes;
And admired him so much.

I want every father to know,
That your daughters love you so.
All daughters have this image,
Of the perfect man their dad.

Do be the knight in their lives,
And value their priceless love.
Work hard to keep this image,
And be an awesome dad.

SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT

This is a reblog of my previous post, hope you find it useful.

English Literature and Grammar

Heagrees with them.
Theyagree with him.

A Verb must agree with its Subject in Number and Person. A singular subject takes a singular verb; and a plural subject takes a plural verb.

Rules for Agreement of subject and verb:

1) Two or more singular subjects joined by ‘and’ usually take a plural verb.

E.g. – Raman and Harry work hard.

Air and water are necessary for survival.

Nancy and I were the hosts of the party.

The author and the publisher were in a meeting.

2) If two nouns suggest only one idea or refer to the same person or thing then it will take a singular verb.

E.g. Slow and steady wins the race.

Beans and rice is her favourite dish.

The horse and carriage is at the door.

Comfort and luxury has made him lazy.

Bread and butter is a wholesome breakfast.

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Quotes n’ Notes: John Milton # When I Consider…

Creative Expressions

When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide;
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er Land and Ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.”

[By – John Milton]

Notes:
When I Consider How my Light Is Spent, also known as ‘On His Blindness’, is a Miltonic sonnet. John Milton has been best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, considered…

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The Little Black Ants

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It was a hot day and the ants were happy to be working in maintaining their colony. The colony had two queen ants, who were caring and responsible. The colony wasn’t big at all. In fact the colony lived under a terracotta pot which bloomed lilies only during summer. The entire year went by for the lily plant, without much activity except for making food and storing them in the bulbs which had the roots of the plant. So when the Queen ants asked for permission to build a colony under the pot; the kind lily plant and all the small insects and earthworms in the pot readily agreed. The pot was kept   on a marble slab which was a part of the balcony.

The little black ants liked the clean white floor and soon the place under the pot had a happy colony of ants with lots of white eggs on the white marble slab. The place was cool and comfortable because of the moist terracotta pot. The ants cared for the plant by loosening the clay and helping the roots breathe.

One day, Khuku, a little girl who lived in that apartment, decided to clean the marble slab with water and soap to make it shine like new. As she removed the pot, the little black ants ran helter-skelter in frenzy as the scorching rays of the sun fell on the tiny white eggs on the white marble slab.

It amused Khuku to see the ants running around in panic unable to decide what to do. The queen ants spotted the pot which Khuku had kept a little away from its erstwhile place, and ordered all the ants to carry the eggs to the shade underneath the pot. Each ant hurried with an egg to keep it under the cool shade of the pot, and came back for more. One by one each of the eggs were removed from the scorching heat, though a few of the eggs sadly perished before they could be saved.

Khuku had been placing various obstacles on the way of the ants as they tried to save their little ones. They had huffed and puffed as they went about their work wondering why God was testing their endurance. But once they shifted the eggs, they thanked God and rested after the tiring work.

The amused girl simply picked up the pot once more and shifted it to a place a little further away. Again, Khuku saw some of the black ants, stunned under the sudden brightness of the sun, run around in every direction; but to her surprise, there were no eggs beneath the pot nor did she find the presence of the queen ants. The little ants soon found out the pot and scurried underneath the pot.

Khuku tilted the pot and saw the ants making a bee line towards the tiny hole under the pot. The queen ants had learnt from their experience and had instructed the ants to keep the eggs in a secure place inside the pot. The girl smiled at the intelligence of the ants and kept the pot in its original place after cleaning the slab.

Good leaders save those under them from recurrent troubles. It is important to learn from the first experience and take wise decisions to avoid further misfortunes.

How to write an essay

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Everyone has to write an essay at least once in their lives. Whether it’s for an exam, for extra points or a regular grade, writing an essay isn’t the easiest to write. So, I’m here to provide some tips for you on how to write any essay!

  1. Pick a topic

You may be assigned your topic, or you may be given a free hand to write on the topic of your choice. When you get the subject, you need to think about the kind of paper you want to produce. Should it be a general overview of the topic or a specific analysis? Limit your focus if necessary. If you haven’t been given a topic, you have some more work to do. However, this option also gives you the advantage of choosing a topic that’s interesting or relevant to you. First, determine your goal. Is your essay intended to inform…

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A Summary and Analysis of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe —

Robinson Crusoe, often called the first English novel, was written by Daniel Defoe and published in 1719. The novel is the tale of one man’s survival on a desert island following a shipwreck. Published in 1719, the book didn’t carry Defoe’s name, and it was offered to the public as a true account of real […]

A Summary and Analysis of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe —