Katherine O’Flaherty was born on February 8, 1850. She was a young girl who was raised in St. Louis, Mo by her mother and father. She was the third daughter of five however she was the only one who survived beyond the age of 25. She was a confirmed Catholic and grew up attending the St. Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart. Over the years, she dealt with a lot of losses. Her father died of a train accident, her grandmother died a few years later, and her half-brother George died of typhoid fever.
After she graduated from the Academy she began writing. Her first short story that she wrote was “Emancipation: A Life Fable”. This story was about freedom and restriction. In 1870, Kate finds the man of her dreams and marries Oscar Chopin. Her and Oscar had 6 children together. Later in 1882, Oscar died of swamp fever.
After Oscar’s death, she moved back to St. Louis. When she went back she wrote her first novel At Fault. After her first novel, she wrote two collections of short stories, Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadia. Not long after, The Awakening was published. In 1899, she had become very popular for her writings and being a colorist.
It is said that Kate was a very fast writer and that she wrote with her children around her. Kate’s life came to an abrupt end at the age of 53 on August 22, 1904, suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage.
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To some, poetry is music to the ears. To some, poetry is imagery that makes the heart beat. To some, poetry is a way to convey their inner thoughts and feelings to others with the use of words. Poetry is defined as art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts. Poetry can be happy, sad, romantic, horrific, and can create so many emotions within a person. The words can have so many different meanings. The way that a poet uses the words can stimulate a person’s mind to make them imagine things in ways that has never been done. Alliteration, verse, theme, rhyme, tone are all things that make up a poem. Poems can be free-verse, epic poems, they can rhyme and they do not have to rhyme. Emily Dickinson wrote about death and conveyed her interests for death in her writing while Langston Hughes wrote about life and the way that African American’s lived. Poets write in so many different types of ways, but yet, in the end their poetry, their choice of words, their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, is what makes people understand what is trying to be said beyond the words that are written on the paper. Some poets personify their words which gives the words so much more meaning, a type meaning that readers may not understand until they look beyond the words and read the words. Poetry is a set of words used to create beautiful imagery and create emotions for one to feel and understand.
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Toby Keith talks about the American’s pulling together and that no other country should mess with the USA. The citizens of America, men and women are at war with the other country to make sure that the people of this country can lay their heads down peacefully at night. The soldiers face danger, harm, injury, and even death in order to protect their country. We as American’s show support to our soldiers by praying for them and flying our flags. When we were under attack, the soldiers of the USA went to fight for our country at all costs and it is because they believe in the red, white, and blue.
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