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Whistles: A Letter from Benjamin Franklin

This letter from Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) to a friend, Madame Brillon, offers a glimpse of his clear, direct writing style, and demonstrates an apt use of metaphor. Passy, November 10, 1779 I received my dear friend’s two letters, one for Wednesday and one … Continue reading

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A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman

 A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman A noiseless patient spider, I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated, Mark’d how to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, It launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself. Ever unreeling … Continue reading

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Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death Emily Dickinson Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality. We slowly drove, he knew no haste, And I had put … Continue reading

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