Rudyard Kipling [1865-1936] was born in Bombay on December 30th, son of John Lockwood Kipling, an artist and teacher of architectural sculpture and his wife Alice. His mother was one of the talented and beautiful Macdonald sisters, four of whom married remarkable men: Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Poynter, Alfred Baldwin and John Lockwood Kipling himself.
Social media has made it easier for us to connect with the world. But it also brings out the worst in people. And somewhere in the middle are those who pretend to care, but don't actually do anything. This poignant piece by Ashleigh Hatter explores these ideas.
Lost love can hurt more than we're capable of withstanding. But sometimes that love can return in unexpected ways. And that can hurt even worse.
'Invicitus' is sweeping; passionate; larger than life in a way that few modern poems can get away with. It is also an oft quoted poem, lines of it having almost passed into the language.
"The Lady, or the Tiger?" is a much-anthologized short story written by Frank R. Stockton for publication in the magazine The Century in 1882. "The Lady, or the Tiger?" has entered the English language as an allegorical expression, a shorthand indication or signifier, for a problem that is unsolvable.
Only a few hundred words yet this classic is as beautiful as it is poignant.
When a young boy named Roger tries to steal the purse of a woman named Luella, he is just looking for money to buy stylish new shoes. After she grabs him by the collar and drags him back to her home, he's sure that he is in deep trouble. Instead, Roger is soon left speechless by her kindness and generosity.
Things take on a somber note with this classic poem by Emily Dickinson.
In Regret by Kate Chopin, we have the theme of loss, loneliness, detachment, commitment, love, independence, and responsibility. Taken from her A Night in Acadie collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator.
This is one of the most famous and recognizable poems ever written by the great Maya Angelou.
From the Simpsons to movies, The Monkey's Paw is a classic short story that has been told over and over through the last hundred plus years.
Jim has sold his watch in order to buy the combs for Della even as she has sold her hair to buy the watch chain for Jim. Like the Magi, those wise men who invented the tradition of Christmas giving, both Della and Jim have unwisely sacrificed the greatest treasures of their house for each other.
For today's classic poem, we have Edgar Allan Poe's The Haunted Palace.
The timeless poem, Annabel Lee, by Edgar Allan Poe.
Inspired by the Burke and Hare murders of 1828, ‘The Body Snatcher’ is a gothic tale that follows two med students, involved in crimes of grave robbing, in order to keep their anatomy professor supplied with instructional cadavers.
For you classic horror story fans out there, we have for you one of the best: The Call of Cthulhu, by H.P. Lovecraft.
As we close out National Poetry Month, we felt it a good idea to share one of the most famous poems of all time. This one will forever be labeled as a classic.