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Meaning of 'glass that's with canary lined'?

The 17th-century poet Alexander Brome wrote a poem called The Resolve (anthologised in the Oxford Book of English verse. What is the meaning of the phrase 'with Canary lined' in last line of the poem ...
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Lord Acton's purported quote about "freedom faces four major challenges" [closed]

I read a Chinese article that quoted a passage purported to be from Lord Acton, describing how "freedom faces four major challenges", using google translation (from Chinese back to English) ...
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What type of English is used in the dialogue of the Lord of the Rings movies? [closed]

In the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Elrond speaks to his daughter: "If Aragorn survives this war, you will still be parted. If Sauron is defeated and Aragorn made king and all ...
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poetic license or incorrect mixed conditional

Recently, I have been reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and encountered the following boldfaced sentence: Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed? It was a bold question, ...
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Is this ironic? and if not what is it called? [duplicate]

Someone is so fat they cant bend down to pick up a bag of food that lies at their feet and then as a result end up dying of starvation
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A word for 'here all the time'?

So I'm doing an assignment where I have to analyse a music piece. In this one piece at the start theres a couple of instruments who play a phrase all together. They keep playing this same phrase ...
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The use the word "earthly"

Does using the word "earthly" describing a person make sense? As in "he is earthly", "are you earthly" etc.? Does it make/doesn't make sense 100% or is it somewhere in between? (Try to think about the ...
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What type of poem is this

I'm no English major. And I'm no poet either. But I love to read and I really like poetry. Anyways I found this Poem, and I hadn't seen anything like it before. Sky. Clouds sailing the soft blue ...
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Leaves sheds vs leaves falls off [closed]

Which is suitable to be more poetic??? a leaf that sheds a leaf that falls off
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Looking for a categoratisation of a poetic expression [closed]

I really like the poetic expression “Three peas in a pod” does anybody have a categoraisation for this type of expression so I can find more like it? This is really important to me I would really ...
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What is the meaning of "Who has taken you from crayons to perfume?" [closed]

Its To Sir, With Love song, from Lulu.
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Word for including by exclusion [duplicate]

I once knew a word that meant to mention something by announcing that you would not mention it. The word may be Greek; I encountered it in the study of poetry. An example, then, from poetry, Edmund ...
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Meaning of a poetic phrase (in Melville's "Misgivings") [closed]

Herman Melville wrote the poem "Misgivings," which is impressive and, seemingly at least, about the American Civil War. Its last line is, "The hemlock shakes in the rafter, the oak in the driving ...
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How to describe sand flowing through an hourglass

I'm thinking of somewhat of a poetic way to describe how time flows, via an hourglass. Does sand simply 'flow' through an hourglass? Drip doesn't sound applicable, and 'stream' is basically like ...
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What are some common examples of Homeoteleuton? [closed]

A Google search reveals only a handful or arcane examples. Maybe the brilliant minds here have some ideas. From the Wikipedia definition: As rhyme, homeoteleuton is not very effective. It is the ...
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Flags flying Souls [closed]

If I may hold your attention for the moment while I decode the seemingly cryptic title, I shall endeavour to make the question worth your while. I would like to know if I can use, both in speech and ...
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About the word 'aurora': which time preposition to use?

Aurora, in poetic language, means dawn, according to some dictionaries. How commonly is it used to indicate time? I've mostly encountered by dawn and in the morning and was wondering if that's the ...
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A poetic riddle with the answer sophisticated [closed]

I'm working on a gift for my best friend who is leaving the town soon. She loves poetry but I suck at it (big time). And my gift is something similar to the concept of Dash & Lily's book of Dares....
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What does "bright topaz denizens of a world of green" mean

Here is an extract from the poem "Aunt Jennifer's tigers" by Adrienne Rich: Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen bright topaz denizens of a world of green. They do not fear the men ...
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How to find out an Irony in a sentence [duplicate]

How can I find out what Irony has been used in a sentence?
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Is there a word for dying too much?

I know that such a word would deny the meaning of death, but I was wondering if there was a word that enclosed this meaning, perhaps poetically. Context: Metaphorically speaking one could say one ...
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Is 'sluttish time' a metaphor?

The phrase 'sluttish time' is used by Shakespeare in one of his sonnets. Can it be termed as a transferred epithet as the word 'sluttish' here seems to be an epithet(adjective) or is it essentially a ...
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Using 'her' vs. 'its' to refer to a country [duplicate]

I am currently reading Liddell Hart's "History of the Second World War", and I'm wondering why he sometimes uses her/she when talking about Japan. In my understanding of English, it should be its or ...
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"Tear(drop)" synonyms

I've been looking for the synonyms (especially poetic ones) referring to the nouns "tear" and "tear-drop". Unfortunately, there wasn't much for me to find. I've found two, poetic ones - "brine" and "...
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A poetic word or expression for networking/lobbying/making professional connections

I’m looking for a poetic word or expression that means making professional connections, lobbying, networking, socializing professionally. League, circuit, club, society, and so on and so forth.
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Accurate definition for poetic devices

Although I can recognize and construct phrases that include usage of poetic devices, I certainly cannot define all of them accurately. For example, I read in a book that metaphor is defined as ...
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What is the aerial equivalent of bathing when one enjoys the breeze?

To wash by immersing one's body in water is called bathing. Then what is the verb for lounging in a breeze enjoying the wind washing through your hair, your underarms and your toes? I'm trying to ...
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What is Poetry? What does not count as Poetry? [closed]

Background: a google "define:poem" did not give me much closure: poem: a piece of writing in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by particular attention to diction (...
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Would "aftermath" ever be used to mean "a reaction of crackdown"?

In the context of revolution, there often comes the word "aftermath," usually meaning the bad consequences of a given revolution on the long run. Can I, however, use it to mean the immediate ...
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Usage of poetic device

Real eyes realize real lies. Is this sentence illustrating the usage of alliteration? If not, which poetic device has been employed here?
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