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World Literature Definitions

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Author: To an Army Wife, in Sardis
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Sappho
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Author: Though Heart’s Hurt Exhausts Me Always Now
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Catullus
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Author: Because You Know You’re Young in Beauty Yet
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Alighieri
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Author: Torn Lace
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Bazan
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Author: War
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Pirandello
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Author: Letter to My Wife
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Hikmet
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Author: The Conjurer Made Off with the Dish
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Mahfouz
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Author: Song for the Dead
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Dahomey
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Author: Mista Courifer
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Casely-Hayford
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Author: A Sunrise on the Veld
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Lessing
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Author: Marriage is Private Affair
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Achebe
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Author: Prayer to Masks
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Senghor
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Author: Dry Your Tears, Africa!
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Dadie
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Author: Good Climate, Friendly Inhabitants
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Gordimer
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Author: The Rain Came
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Ogot
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Author: The Other Wife
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Collette
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Author: Fighting South of the Ramparts
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Li Po
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Author: Prince Huo’s Daughter
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Fang
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Author: Say Who I Am
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ar-Rumi
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Author: Not All the Sum of Earthly Happiness
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Hafiz
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Author: The Rich Eat Three Ful Meals
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Khiem
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Author: The Fly
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Mansfield
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Author: The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket
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Kawabata
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Author: Life
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Congwen
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Author: Pineapple Cake
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Desai
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Summary: To an Army Wife in Sardis
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“Some say calvary…”
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Summary: Though Heart’s Hurt Exhausts Me Always Now
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Brother has died; translation is late; apple falling; cannot enjoy the Muses
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Summary: War
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People on train who brag about how much grief they have that they have a son in the war. Old man at ends comes to grips that his son is really dead.
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Summary: Song for the Dead
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“Goes with you”
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Summary: Marriage is a Private Affair
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Cultural incompetence, father does not interact with his son after he marries.
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Summary: Prayer to Masks
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Masks = Ancestors; Vibrant imagery; Negritude; “They call us men of coffee cotton oil… We are the men of the dance”
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Summary: Dry Your Tears, Africa!
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Natural World; Rise up, Africa!
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Summary: Fighting South of the Ramparts
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Anti-war; “Know therefore that the sword is a cursed thing – Which the wise man uses only if he must”
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Summary: Not All the Sum of Earthly Happiness
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Material wealth vs. spiritual wealth
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Summary: Life
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Puppeteer’s son dies; puppet play shows son living