The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem written by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Published in 1798, it represented a shift to modern poetry and heralded the beginning of English Romanticism. The poem opens with a mariner stopping a man on his way to a wedding and recounting to him the supernatural events he experienced during a long sea voyage. As the story progresses, the wedding guest's impatience fades and is replaced by fascination. What events may have inspired the poem?
Henry David Thoreau
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Pearl was serving as the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau chief when he was kidnapped by a group of Pakistani militants claiming he was a CIA agent. The kidnappers e-mailed a lengthy list of demands to US officials, and just nine days later, Pearl was killed by his captors. Shortly thereafter, a videotape of his beheading was leaked on the internet through a Jihadist website. Which high-powered Al Qaeda operative later confessed to decapitating Pearl with his "blessed right hand"?
Born on a day like today
Stendhal was the pen name of Marie-Henri Beyle, a prominent 19th-century French writer. His work, though unappreciated by the Romantic writers who dominated literature during his lifetime, has gained widespread acclaim in the last century for its irony and psychological complexity. His major novels include The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma, and his early work, On Love, is a psychological analysis of love that predates Freud. What is Stendhal Syndrome?