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Universal History

In one inconceivably complex cosmos, whenever a creature was faced with several possible courses of action, it took them all, thereby creating many distinct temporal dimensions and distinct histories of the cosmos.

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Holy Sonnet V

Composed in a time of personal distress, the Holy Sonnets reflect the anxieties and emotions of Donne’s personal hardships and religious turmoil. The sonnets often reflect upon and challenge death and the distress that the end inspires within men.

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Penelope to Ulysses

The Heroides take the form of letters addressed by famous mythological characters to their partners expressing their emotions at being separated from them, pleas for their return, and allusions to their future actions within their own mythology. This epistle is from Penelope to her absent husband Ulysses.

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Before the Law

Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot grant him entry at the moment.

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The Second Coming

“The Second Coming” represents Yeats’ belief that civilization was coming to an end and that a new cycle of history was approaching, like Christ’s birth announced the dissolution of Grecco-Roman culture.

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To His Coy Mistress

“To His Coy Mistress” is a carpe diem poem — perhaps the most famous in the English language. Marvell’s speaker reminds his lady that time on this earth is too short, so they must live for the day, ceasing the opportunities of life before death inevitably takes them.

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