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    A short bittersweet life. A difficult lovelorn life. A misunderstood talent in life. John Keats did not have a perfect life. His short life contained abundant misery until he died. From the death of his parents, leaving his career of an apothecary-surgeon in order to pursue poetry, to caring for his dying brother, and falling in love. When he caught tuberculosis in July of 1820 many of the sonnets he wrote contained his recognition of mortality. The sonnet “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles” tells the reader how John Keats struggles with mortality and that struggle brought this sonnet to express that accepting fate exceeds denying an inevitable death. John Keats’ sonnet begins with a statement about mortality. He states how he knows that his mortality means that one day he must die. “My spirit is too weak--mortality / Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep, / And each imagin 'd pinnacle and steep / Of godlike hardship, tells me I must die” (lines 1-4). He informs the audience about his thoughts on mortality. Saying that the thought of it weighs him down; similar to exhaustion and how he cannot simply ignore the thought of his lack of sleep. He can only lie awake and dwell upon his fate. Through every moment, everything reminds him of his upcoming death. He could only watch his life go by. Later in his sonnet, he expresses how he feels like a sick eagle. One that does not have much longer to live. “Like a sick Eagle looking at the sky. / Yet 'tis a gentle luxury to weep / That…

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    The saying “All is fair in love and war,” has become a well-established mantra throughout history, but it seems that some national museums are now expanding this statement to include art as well. Countries are clamoring for the return of priceless pieces of art that they claim were unjustly seized from their homelands while the museums that these items now occupy shout back that their ownership is inarguably legal and honest. The beloved Elgin Marbles of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece have…

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    The Elgin Marbles are part of one of the longest cultural rows in Europe. They are comprised of sculptures, inscriptions and architectural features. Lord Elgin who was ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (which Athens was a part of) acquired the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens between 1801 and 1805. The Greeks have demanded that they be returned to their homeland and displayed in Athens. The Greek government claims that the Elgin marbles were taken illegally during the country's Turkish…

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    In Athens Greece, c. 445 BCE, The Parthenon was a structure of mathematical, optical perfection, and was built as a temple to the goddess of Athena. During the High Classic Greece period, this marble structure stood 45 feet high, and was topped with a very detailed pediment, containing life sized figures, depicting the story of Athena's birth, symbolizing the passage of the day. As the structure stood in it's place, the world around it would go through many drastic changes, giving the structure…

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    Like movies, novels and music, poems are texts that people use to reflect on their lives and experiences. Poems can have an impact on peoples thinking, not only through the things they might say to their readers, but through the discussions that readers have with each other about poems. I agree with this statement and believe that it accurately describes how people can reflect on their lives after reading poems. In addition to this, I also believe that poems can also have an effect on…

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    Sherlock Holmes Qualities

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    You are a literary scholar and expert on the mystery genre. You have been asked to deliver a guest lecture for a college course in criminal justice; specifically, you must discuss the qualities of a good detective. Write a lecture that compares two popular detectives, one of whom must be Sherlock Holmes. The other detective can be from another work of literature, a film, or a television series. Evaluate the fictional detectives’ positive and negative qualities, their strategies, and their…

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    Later, I competed in Tae Kwon Do, and weight loss was an integral part of competition fighting. My weight loss plan and fitness training was then based a lot on the same ideas that Bruce Lee had. I will now outline a simple and yet effective weight loss and exercise plan.For weight loss, start with a “low-carb” diet, eating boneless/skinless chicken breasts, London broil, fish and shellfish, and very lean hamburger, for meats. Also for weight loss, for vegetables, only eat green and white…

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    Video #6 – “Mr. Baseball This video took a look at the cultural differences that we often take for granted. In this particular scene there was an American sitting on the floor, eating noodles, using chopsticks, in a traditional Asian household. The American is unfamiliar with these customs, and is confused by the chopsticks and slurping sounds. He also has trouble understanding who gets served their beverage first, as well as that it is bad luck to point your chopsticks vertically into the air.…

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    But how can this be true when both are killing? This could be all false as God may not be real which then they are believing in false luck and which means their sins are not washed away and will haunt them. This is shown in Bruce Springsteen’s Dust n Devils and the poem A Giant Has Been Awakened by Joe Pielmeier. I believe the connection is between how both sides of war state that God is on their side and fighting for their cause but how can God fight for both sides when they are fighting each…

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    The Songlines

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    In 1986 esteemed travel writer Bruce Chatwin released his final book entitled The Songlines. The Songlines is combination fiction and non-fiction book about Bruce’s travels through Australia to research Aboriginal song and its connections to nomadic travel. In this book, Bruce describes one of his beloved notebooks as a black, oilcloth-covered notebook, its pages held in place with an elastic band (Chatwin, 1986). These notebooks are known as carnets moleskines, or Moleskines had become harder…

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