The scientist Victor Frankenstein recounts his story of bringing a creature to life and the tragedies that followed.
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In the classic myth “Orpheus and Eurydice,” Ovid tells the story of Orpheus’s journey to the underworld to bring Eurydice back to earth after her premature death.
In this overtly dark poem by Frost, a husband and wife grieve differently over their recently deceased child.
In "Miss Brill," a woman’s day in the park has unexpected emotional consequences.
In this poem, a desperate speaker begs the gods to deliver someone to love.
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.
In this famous soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet contemplates suicide and poses the most important question one can ask: "To be or not to be?"
"There Will Come Soft Rains" (1920) is a 12-line poem by Sara Teasdale in her collection Flame and Shadow. The poem imagines nature reclaiming a battlefield after the fighting is finished. The poem also alludes to the idea of human extinction by war (lines 10 and 12), which was not a commonplace idea until the invention of nuclear weapons, 25 years later.