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O Say Can You Hear? A Look at Our National Anthem’s Poetic RootsThe Poem that Inspired an Anthem The “Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted as our national anthem in 1931, and its soaring melody and densely packed lyrics have been tripping up those tasked with performing it ever since. The song has an unusual syntax because it was originally a poem, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. While the Star-Spangled Banner is one of the more famous …
Why Are A, E, I, O, U, And Y Called “Vowels”?In elementary school, we all learned the vowels of the English language: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. But, what makes a vowel a vowel?
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