English lessons


9 Counter Cultural Books

The word counterculture generally refers to any movement that strives to achieve ideals counter to those of contemporary society. While counterculture itself is not a genre per se, the concept has intertwined itself into numerous fictional and nonfictional accounts of the 20th century and beyond. From the hippie rebellion of the 1960s to the persistent struggles of minority groups for equality, these books embody counterculture each in their own way, each with their own take on an ideal society.

5 Poets of Exile

Many poets write exaltations of place in their art. Sometimes, however, the best of their work is evoked by sentiments of loss of place—of a separation from one’s permanent home and of the stability of identity and well-being that accompany it. All too often there is a political reason for this separation, be it war or intrigue or repression, and in many cases the exile is imposed. In other cases, exile is a self-imposed response to the politics that made the poet’s home seem less homelike. The following list, by no means exhaustive, identifies five poets whose work testifies to the condition of exile.

7 Everyday English Idioms and Where They Come From

An idiom is a phrase that is common to a certain population. It is typically figurative and usually is not understandable based solely on the words within the phrase. A prior understanding of its usage is usually necessary. Idioms are crucial to the progression of language. They function in a manner that, in many cases, literal meanings cannot. We use them every day, sometimes without even realizing that what we’re saying is nonsensical without the implied and widely accepted meaning behind it. Many linguists have dedicated themselves to finding the origins of these idioms, seven of which are featured on this list.