Winnie the Pooh :D
A stuffed toy bear who appears in several books for children by A.A. Milne; the characters in the Pooh books are mainly stuffed animals who have come to life. Winnie the Pooh has many adventures with the little boy Christopher Robin, his owner.
An Irish-born author of the late 19th century, who spent most of his career in England. Wilde was famous for his flamboyant wit and style of dress. His best known works include the novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, the play THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and the poem THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL (Jail). He urged Art for Art's Sake. Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and spent about two years in prison. The Ballad of Reading Gaol is based on his experiences there.
A play by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, about a professor HENRY HIGGINS, who trains a poor, uneducated girl, ELIZA DOOLITTLE, to act and speak like a lady. Shaw based his story on a tale from Greek Mythology about a sculptor who carves the statue of a woman and falls in love with it. Higgins and Eliza develop a strong bond, and he is furious when she announces her intention to marry someone else. The musical comedy MY FAIR LADY is an adaption of Pygmalion.
A Modest Proposal
An essay by JONATHAN SWIFT, often called a masterpiece of irony. "A modest proposal for preventing the children of the poor people in Ireland from being a burden to their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to their public." Swift emphasizes the terrible poverty of the 18th century Ireland by ironically proposing that Irish parents earn money by selling their children as food.
A man's reach should exceed his grasp (that's what she said lol)
Words from a poem by Robert Browning, suggesting that, to achieve anything worthwhile, a person should attempt even those things that may turn out to be impossible.
Had we but words enough and time/ this coyness, lady were no crime
The first lines of TO HIS COY MISTRESS, a poem from the 17th century by English poet ANDREW MARVELI. The poet tells a woman whom he loves that if they had endless time and space at their disposal, then he could accept her unwillingness to go to bed with him. Life is short, however, opportunities must be seized. Other lines from the poem are: "But of my back I always hear/ Times winged chariot hurrying near and the grave's a fire and private place/ but none, I think, do there embrace."
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
The first line of the poem TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH TIME from the middle of the 17th century by the English poet ROBERT HERRICK. He's advising people to take advantage of life while they are young.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying
East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet
A line from a poem by RUDYARD KIPLING. It continues, a few lines later: "But there is neither East nor West....when two strong men stand face to face."
The tile character of Dracula, a novel from the 19th century by the English author BRAM STOKER. Count Dracula, a vampire, is from TRANSYLVANIA, a region of eastern Europe now in Romania. He takes his name from a blood-thirsty nobleman of the Middle Ages. To lay the vampire Dracula's spirit to rest, one must drive a wooden stake through his heart. Count Dracula was played in films by the Hungarian-born actor BELA LUGOS, whose elegant, exotic accent has become permanently associated with the character.`
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
A novel by Robert Louis Stevenson about the good Dr. Jekyll, whose well-intentioned experiments on himself periodically turn him into a cruel and sadistic Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde provide a classic example of split personality. In addition, the two characters often serve as symbols of the good and evil sides of a single personality.
Do not go gentle into that good night...Rage rage against the dying of the light
Two lines from a poem by 20th century Welsh poet DYLAN THOMAS, addressed to his dying father.
A British author of the late 19th century and early 20th century. He based many of his works including HEART OF DARKNESS and LORD HIM on his adventures as a sailor.
A character in the play JULIUS CAESAR, by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; one of the assassins of Julius Caesar.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
An English poet of the 19th century and the wife of Robert Browning. Elizabeth Browning is best known for Sonnets from the Portuguese. The most famous of those sonnets begins, "How I love thee? Let me count the ways."
Alas, Poor Yorick
Lines said by HAMLET in Shakespeare's play of some name in which Hamlet mediates in graveyard holding skull of Yorick, a jester he had known and once liked.