Category: Classics-Based Writing Resource

Modernism, Faith, and Intellectuals

Modernism, Faith, and Intellectuals

In a modernist culture hostile to Christianity, how did T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and many more join the faith — and how did other intellectuals like Virginia Woolf react?...

The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats

The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats

The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming...

Ian McKellen Analyzes Shakespeare

Ian McKellen Analyzes Shakespeare

From British television, c. 1979: Actor Sir Ian McKellen analyzes Macbeth’s soliloquy “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” as an example of how Shakespeare’s plays should be acted (and understood by the audience). McKellen is...

Whistles: A Letter from Benjamin Franklin

Whistles: A Letter from Benjamin Franklin

This letter from Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) to a friend, Madame Brillon, offers a glimpse of his clear, direct writing style, and demonstrates an apt use of metaphor. Passy, November 10, 1779 I received my dear friend’s two...

Bulfinch’s Mythology Tales

Bulfinch’s Mythology Tales

Enjoy these tales from Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable, by Thomas Bulfinch. Cupid and Psyche Pygmalion and Galatea Daedalus and Icarus

The Fall of Icarus by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1558

Daedalus and Icarus

The myth of Daedalus and Icarus tells the story of Dædalus, a master craftsman, who escaped exile on the island of Crete by making wings for himself and his son Icarus. Disaster happens, when Icarus...

Melani Study Guide On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

Melani Study Guide On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, by John Keats A Study Guide by Dr. Lilia Melani Classification of poem Type of poem: lyric poem Type of lyric poem: sonnet Type of sonnet: Italian or...

Upon First Looking Upon Chapman’s Homer by John Keats

Upon First Looking Upon Chapman’s Homer by John Keats

On first looking into Chapman’s Homer by John Keats  (1795–1821) MUCH have I travell’d in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards...