Category Archives: Essays

The Heart of the Blues

Themes in “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin “Sonny’s Blues” is a short story about two brothers in Harlem, New York, who are torn apart and finally reunited by jazz. At least superficially, that is. Such a description of course does … Continue reading

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Marlowe and Marvell: Love-letters

Recently I wrote a short essay comparing and contrasting two poems, Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” and Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress.”  Both poems take the general form of a speaker addressing his beloved.  I have … Continue reading

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On Thomas Paine

I wrote this essay recently in response to the following quotation, taken from Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man.  I wrote it in only forty minutes, as practice for the AP English Language and Composition exam.  I thought an essay would … Continue reading

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