New on Shmoop: a “Woolf,” an Albatross, & Pigs

Pig Out on Our Enhanced Coverage of Animal Farm and the Russian Revolution
  • Based on your requests, we've upgraded our coverage of this classic allegory
  • Find our totally revamped Symbolism and Allegory page – mapping key events from the novel to historical events
  • Check out our deeper character analyses – outlining which characters represented which historical figures
What Gives with the Saying “Albatross Around the Neck?” Check out Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Classic Poem
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" may be one of the most influential and eerie poems in the English language, but it's a doozy of a confusing read. An old sailor stops a wedding guest and says, essentially, "I know you want to get your drink and your dance on, but now I'm going to tell you a really long story about how I got my entire crew killed and almost died myself because I acted like a jerk while sailing the far reaches of the globe."

New this Week on Shmoop

Movie-lovers take note. We’ve just added 3 titles in literature that spawned recent major motion pictures (All the King’s Men, Beowulf, and Benjamin Button). Wanna know how the film version stacks up to the novel? Shmoop will give you the low-down. So, grab a bucket of popcorn and check out our new arrivals.

New in Shmoop Literature:

New in Shmoop Poetry: