“The Odyssey” and the Bards

In Book II of [amazon_link id=”B000OCXGRS” target=”_blank” ]The Odyssey[/amazon_link], Odysseus’ son, Telemachus leaves his home; he then travels from place to place in search of his father. He visits an old friend of his father’s, Menelaus. Book IV describes the party that Menelaus has in honor of Telemachus’ visit: “So the neighbors and kinsmen of...
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The Ides of March

“Beware of the [amazon_link id=”0060088907″ target=”_blank” ]Ides of March[/amazon_link]” is a commonly heard [amazon_link id=”0738712779″ target=”_blank” ]superstition[/amazon_link]. It’s a day to remember that your “[amazon_link id=”B000H6SXMY” target=”_blank” ]friends[/amazon_link]” may yet be the cause of your downfall. The Ides of March is well-known today in part due to [amazon_link id=”B003YJFAFO” target=”_blank” ]William Shakespeare’s [/amazon_link]play [amazon_link id=”0743484932″...
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“The Deserted Village” by Oliver Goldsmith

[amazon_link id=”0688035221″ target=”_blank” ]Oliver Goldsmith [/amazon_link] (circa 1730 – 1774) is an Irish-born writer who lived most of his life in England. This long poem first published in 1770 is said to have been written in honor of his brother and is a favorite of many who value the simple country life of long-ago. Goldsmith...
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Romeo and Juliet: the Star-Crossed Lovers

In [amazon_link id=”0199267170″ target=”_blank” ] William Shakespeare’s [/amazon_link] play, “The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of [amazon_link id=”0743477111″ target=”_blank” ]Romeo and Juliet[/amazon_link],” the protagonists are described in the Prologue (introduction) as “star-crossed lovers” (1.1.6). “Star-crossed lovers” is a phrase often used to describe a pair of lovers whose relationship is said to be doomed from the start, though...
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The Source of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”

“[amazon_link id=”0385418868″ target=”_blank” ]Myth[/amazon_link]” viewed as an organizing principle for a new way of understanding ourselves and as of a new way of living in the world heavily influenced the [amazon_link id=”081086116X” target=”_blank” ]Modernist-era [/amazon_link]poem, “[amazon_link id=”0393974995″ target=”_blank” ]The Waste Land[/amazon_link]” by [amazon_link id=”0521421276″ target=”_blank” ]T. S. Eliot[/amazon_link]. Essentially, Eliot is saying that in the present...
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