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5 Common Phrases in their Shakespearean Context

5 Common Phrases in their Shakespearean Context

Although we may not realize it, many common phrases we use today were written by Shakespeare hundreds of years ago. When was the last time you were so tired you felt as “dead as a doornail”? Or when you experienced a “wild goose chase”? Although these sayings may not have been coined by Shakespeare himself,...
6 Poetry Bites to Feed Your Soul on Dark, Gloomy Days

6 Poetry Bites to Feed Your Soul on Dark, Gloomy Days

Dark Raincouver nights. Week after week of essays. A never-ending list of obligations. Whether you’re taking double shifts at work, crunching to meet a word count or studying into the wee hours of the morning for midterms, it’s important to take a quiet moment for yourself however you need to. Here are some small bites...
More Than Just Words on Paper: Reflections on an English Degree

More Than Just Words on Paper: Reflections on an English Degree

In my first year at UBC, I was a Science student on weekdays and a barista on weekends. I stuck out my coffee-making career into my second year, which was when I decided to pursue English Literature and Psychology. The “So You Wanna Be A Barista” jokes didn’t start until after I’d transferred into Arts,...
Children’s Literature Isn’t Just for Kids

Children’s Literature Isn’t Just for Kids

Confession time: I’ve read more Harry Potter books than I have Shakespeare dramas. Yes, I know, truly shameful stuff for an English Lit major. But despite my supposed status as an adult, I’m still a total sucker for children’s literature. Children’s literature is an expansive and flexible genre that can be prescribed to many different...
Adventures in Narnia, or Through the Wardrobe and Back Again

Adventures in Narnia, or Through the Wardrobe and Back Again

The first time Lucy Pevensie opened Professor Kirke’s wardrobe and entered Narnia, she was eight years old. The first time I went with her, I was nine. There is something especially magical about reading things as a child. You have fewer prejudices, little knowledge of things beyond face value and the all-absorbing wonder of innocence....