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Poems By Walt Whitman

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THE SAGA OF EIRIK THE RED - A Free Norse/Viking Saga: An Account of Eirik the Red's Discovery of America

The Saga of Erik the Red is thought to have been composed before 1265AD on the Norse exploration of North-America. The saga also details the events that led to Erik the Red's banishment to Greenland and Leif Ericson's preaching of Christianity as well as his discovery of Vinland (America) after his longship was blown off course. By geographical details, this place is thought to be present-day Newfoundland, and was probably the first European discovery of the American mainland, some five centuries before Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Antilles.

The saga also chronicles the life and expedition of Thorfinn Karlsefni and his wife Gudrid, characters also seen in the Greenland saga.

This translation is made from the version of the Saga printed in Dr. Gudbrand Vigfusson's Icelandic Prose Reader.

NOTE: It may be mentioned here that Carl Christian Rafn and the other Danish scholars who edited this elaborate work have concluded that Kjalarnes is the modern Cape Cod, Straumsfjordr is Buzzard's Bay, Straumsey is Martha's Vineyard, and Hop is on the shores of Mount Haup Bay, into which the river Taunton flows.


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Rime of the ancient mariner

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Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems

This 5-hour free course looked at how the study of ecosystems can be used to determine the effect that we humans are having on the global environment.

The importance of interpersonal skills

This 3-hour free course demonstrated the importance of interpersonal skills in the successful management of people and workplace tasks in general.

Travelling light - poetry

A collection of 54 poems - long and short, written in various styles. The majority are free verse.

I have three other published poetry books:

'Kaleidoscope' - a collection of 119 poems, written from the age of 16 until 2010;

'Life's Rhythms' - a book of 316 haiku, composed in the traditional pattern of three lines with 5-7-5 syllables, written from 2011-12; and

'Mind-spinning Rainbows' - a collection of 150 poems, written since 2012.

Apart from poetry, I have written 12 novels - some for children and some for adults.

Sample poem...

We live in the echoes

We step inside mirrors

Lemon petals pave the way

I sleep in stages, sleep sublime

Walking pages never read again

I see the signs yet still forget

Imagining faces of the past

A rush of bliss splits the breeze

Where the peacemaker wanders

The crevices of the closed mind

He offers echoes of your stare

We live in the echoes

Patterns drawn upon a wall

Plunging ripples capture all

The raw beauty of the real

Where the Fool laughs his last

Is a time we'll never see

For he plays so beautifully

Daring to step beyond himself

Embracing all there is to see

With such wide open arms.

(C) Vickie Johnstone, all rights reserved.

The Depths

The Depths is an anthology of 48 poems that were written during my journey through depression and delves into the anxieties, fears and struggles experienced during that time. Split into 3 chapters, we explore the crushing lows of depression and the suffocating weight of loathing and apathy that invade every thought and feeling. As the chapters progress the journey becomes more uplifting as passion and pride begin to shine through the dark and slowly change my past self's worldview for the better.

Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner

This 5-hour free course explored reflective practice and how to ensure that reflection leads to learning.

More working with charts, graphs and tables

Studying this 15-hour free course enabled you to build on skills of interpreting information represented in charts, graphs and tables.

Meiosis and mitosis

This 8-hour free course looked at how units of inheritance are transmitted from one generation to the next.

Elsker: The Elsker Saga: Book One: Volume 1

ELSKER - Featured in USA Today You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way. Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms. Her orderly life just got very messy.

The Raven: Illustrated (Illustrated Classics - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe)

Illustrated Classics - The Raven by Edgar Allan PoeThe Raven"Story and 30 Original Illustrations"Edgar Allan PoeIllustrated by Gustave Dore;BRAND NEW EDITION"The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore." The poem makes use of a number of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references.Poe claimed to have written the poem very logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his 1846 follow-up essay, "The Philosophy of Composition." The poem was inspired in part by a talking raven in the novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty by Charles Dickens. Poe borrows the complex rhythm and meter of Elizabeth Barrett's poem "Lady Geraldine's Courtship," and makes use of internal rhyme as well as alliteration throughout."The Raven" was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. The poem was soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem's literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written."The Raven" follows an unnamed narrator on a dreary night in December who sits reading "forgotten lore" by a dying fire as a way to forget the death of his beloved Lenore. A "tapping at [his] chamber door" reveals nothing, but excites his soul to "burning." The tapping is repeated, slightly louder,

The prophet (Fingerprintprakash)

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