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After the End: Recent Apocalypses

From the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh to Norse prophecies of Ragnarök to the Revelations of Saint John to Cormac McCarthy’s the line, any variety of fictional zombie Armageddons, and the dystopic global of The starvation video games, we've constantly questioned what is going to ensue after the area as we all know it ends. it doesn't matter what the doomsday scenario—cataclysmic weather switch, political chaos, societal cave in, nuclear conflict, pestilence, or such a lot of different dreaded variations—we necessarily think that even supposing the area perishes, a few component to humankind will survive. Such tales contain dying and catastrophe, yet also they are stories of rebirth and survival. Grim or positive, those notable post-apocalyptic tales chosen from chosen from the easiest of these released within the tumultuous final decade let us think of what lifestyles can be like after the tip.

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With such a fair unique as this What happiness abounds! Who—who could paint my rapturous bliss, My joy unknown to Lowndes! Eugene Field. THE BIBLIOMANIAC'S PRAYER. Keep me, I pray, in wisdom's way, That I may truths eternal seek; I need protecting care to-day. My purse is light, my flesh is weak; So banish from my erring heart All baleful appetites and hints Of Satan's fascinating art— Of first editions and of prints. Direct me in some godly walk Which leads away from bookish strife, That I with pious deed and talk May extra-illustrate my life.

John Kendrick Bangs. THE GRANGERITE. He says he's fond of books as of himself— This man who never yet has hesitated To hack and cut a dozen books for pelf Wherewith one may be extra-illustrated! John Kendrick Bangs. AN ALTERNATIVE. There's Byron on my shelf, and Shelley too; There's dear old Doctor Holmes, and Thomas Moore, With Wordsworth just below him, bound in blue, And Browning's works stand over by the door. There's Milton, Scott, Macaulay's Lays of Rome; There's Tennyson and Matthew Arnold terse; Longfellow, Shakespeare, and Rossetti's tome; The odes of Horace and blest Omar's verse.

Brown Books of mine, who never yet Have caused me anguish or regret,— Save when some fiend in human shape Has set your tender sides agape, Or soiled with some unmanly smear The whiteness of your page sincere. Or scored you with some phrase inane, The bantling of his idle brain,— I love you: and because must end This commerce between friend and friend, I do implore each kindly fate— To each and all I supplicate— That you whom I have loved so long May not be vended "for a song,"— That you, my dear desire and care, May 'scape the common thoroughfare.

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