Category Archives: Classics-Based Writing Resource

Poems, short stories, and excerpts that are particularly suitable for model-based writing. Many of these have been used as the basis for Classics-Based Writing Lessons taught at Schoolhouse Teachers.

The Alarming Spread of Poetry by P. G. Wodehouse

P. G. Wodehouse, one of the funniest writers to ever appear in print, offers a tongue-in-cheek essay on the proliferation of poets. You’ll find additional information about Wodehouse and his writing below this short article. The Alarming Spread of Poetry by … Continue reading

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on The Alarming Spread of Poetry by P. G. Wodehouse

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? Learn more about the interaction of … Continue reading

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource, E4-Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Modernism, Faith, and Intellectuals

Advent Poems by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti’s classic Christmas carol, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” offers a vivid poetic look at the Incarnation. In a similar way, her less-known Advent poems describe the season of waiting and watching. Advent (1851) ‘Come,’ Thou dost say to Angels, To blessed Spirits, ‘Come’: … Continue reading

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource, Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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 water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty … Continue reading

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats

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 a master of his craft—don’t miss … Continue reading

Posted in Audio / Video, Classics-Based Writing Resource | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Ian McKellen Analyzes Shakespeare

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 letters, one for Wednesday and one … Continue reading

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Whistles: A Letter from Benjamin Franklin

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

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource, E2-Resources, Short Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bulfinch’s Mythology Tales

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 forgets the advice of his father, and … Continue reading

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Daedalus and Icarus

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 Petrarchan sonnet Contents of this Page … Continue reading

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource, Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Melani Study Guide On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

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 in fealty to Apollo hold. Oft … Continue reading

Posted in Classics-Based Writing Resource, Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Upon First Looking Upon Chapman’s Homer by John Keats