- 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
- "Acquainted with the Night", by Robert Frost
- "The Hollow Men", by T.S. Eliot
- "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- "The Weary Blues", by Langston Hughes
- "The World Is Too Much with Us", by William Wordsworth
- Arrow of God, by Chinua Achebe
- "Babylon Revisited", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "The Birthmark", by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy
- Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton
- Ghosts, by Henrik Ibsen
- Medea, by Euripides
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, by Edward Albee
Alas, t’is time to bid National Poetry Month a fond adieu.
Rather than go all misty-eyed, choked-up, broken-heartedly emo on you, we wanted to mark the end of the month on a celebratory note. Voila, our Poetry Top 5 lists.
Most Popular Poems on Shmoop for April, 2009
- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot
- The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe
- My Last Duchess, by Robert Browning
- Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10), by John Donne
Most-Searched Poets on Shmoop for April, 2009
- Emily Dickinson
- Robert Frost
- Langston Hughes
- John Donne
- Walt Whitman
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:
- All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
- Beowulf, by Unknown
- Big Sur, by Jack Kerouac
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
- Electra, by Sophocles
- Endgame, by Samuel Beckett
- Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger
- The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
- A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner
New in Shmoop Poetry:
At Shmoop HQ, we get a little giddy over literature and history. Imagine our excitement when it hit us that this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (commemorating MLK’s 80th birthday) is also Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday. Synchronicity. To mark this doubly-historic date, we lovingly put together these resources about two of our favorites – the spooky story-teller and the inspiring civil rights leader.
- “Best in Poe” Awards – we handpicked the best Poe resources from across the Internet
- Poe’s influences, and who he influenced
- Photos and Poe biography
- Shmoop’s ocean deep analysis of 5 of Poe’s stories and poems
- Best of the Web for MLK – we handpicked the best MLK resources from across the Internet
- Video of the “I Have a Dream” speech
- MLK biography
- Shmoop’s fresh coverage of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.
Here at Shmoop HQ, our 2009 is off to a rocking start. Strap on your air guitar and read on for the scoop from Shmoop.
Shmoop named “Best of the Internet” in PC Magazine’s January, 2009 issue
We love the love. Thank you! We are humbled and thrilled by the good vibes surrounding Shmoop. Please keep all thoughts – good and bad – coming! For full-frontal coverage of Shmoop in the blogosphere and media, please stop by our Press Room.
Who says poets are softies? Shmoop introduces the “Bad Boys of Poetry”
Shmoop challenges you to see poetry in a new light – in a Rock classic, even. Our new analysis of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” just might change the way you think of Dylan – and poetry, for that matter. Also new in Poetry – and not for the faint of heart – Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s controversial adrenaline-rush, “Howl” (recommended only for mature audiences).
Bone-up on your NFL knowledge – there’s more to the Superbowl than awesome ads
Before you garbage-up on guacamole dip, load your brain with football facts and trivia in Shmoop’s History of the NFL.
New arrivals on Shmoop Literature
- A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, by Ernest Hemingway
- The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe
- A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O’Connor
- Long Day’s Journey into Night, by Eugene O’Neill
- The Red Room, by H.G. Wells
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, by James Thurber
- William Wilson, by Edgar Allan Poe
New arrivals on Shmoop Poetry
- All Along the Watchtower, by Bob Dylan
- Howl, by Allen Ginsberg (recommended only for mature audiences)
- The Lamb, by William Blake
- Sonnet 130, by William Shakespeare
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost
Are we missing something on your reading list? Let us know!
Keep your requests coming in our Feedback Forums.
Hi from Shmoop HQ,
Sharpen your brain for final exams and papers.
Shmoop now covers more than 200 topics:
Shmoop packed on the pounds just in time for finals. Let’s call it our “Freshman 18.”
New in Shmoop Literature:
- The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
- Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- “In the Penal Colony,” by Franz Kafka
- A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller
- Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw
- The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas
- “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World,” by Gabriel García Márquez
- “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” by J.D. Salinger
- For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
- “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allan Poe
- The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
- “The King of the Bingo Game,” by Ralph Ellison
New in Shmoop Poetry:
- “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe
- “London, 1802,” by William Wordsworth
- “The Day Lady Died,” by Frank O’Hara
- “Diving into the Wreck,” by Adrienne Rich
- “Circe’s Power,” by Louise Glück
Are we missing something on your reading list? Let us know.
Make some noise in our new feedback forums. Make suggestions. Vote up your faves.
Hi from Shmoop HQ –
Change is in the air. We at Shmoop promise you continual change and lots of surprises. We also like to gossip and we’ve got some juicy news for you.
We announced our launch (drumroll, please)
+ We just announced our launch on Nov. 11 (so we could share our special day with Vonnegut’s and Dostoyevsky’s birthdays, while saluting our vets).
+ See our press release and links to our news coverage at the Shmoop Dept. of Propaganda
We Opened our Blog – “Much Ado About Shmooping“
+ Check out updates, musings, and daily pieces of brain candy. Leave us comments, and let us know what you’d like to see us do with our Blog.
+ Our opening salvo is the “Shmoop Students’ Bill of Rights”
Hitting the Road with Student Journalists
+ Ellen Siminoff (our CEO) was the keynote speaker at the recent Associated College Press national conference in Kansas City. Highlights included great BBQ and making lots of new friends. We’ve posted Ellen’s keynote presentation online.
+ Shmoop will be at the JEA/NSPA (high school media national conference) this weekend in St. Louis. Shmoop’s own Brady Wood will present a talk on student media Friday at 11am. Come by and say hello!
New Content on Shmoop
Also New this Week in Shmoop Literature:
+ Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
+ Tess of the D’Ubervilles, by Thomas Hardy
+ The Lady with the Dog, a short story by Anton Chekhov
+ The Lottery, a short story by Shirley Jackson
+ House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
+ The Flies, a play by Jean-Paul Sartre
+ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, a play by Tom Stoppard