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G. K. Chesterton on Aesop and his Fables

G. K. Chesterton on Aesop and his Fables G. K. Chesterton discusses some elements of fable and the fame of Aesop, in his introduction to a 1912 edition of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his … Continue reading

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Cantos 1 to 3 Dante Videos Mahfood

Dr. Mahfood shares his insights on the first three cantos (the Dark Wood and Gate of Hell) in Dante’s Inferno. Please be aware that this is a challenging work with complex and mature themes. These optional video explanations contain vintage … Continue reading

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Ancient Greek Literature Resources Index

Ancient Greek resources currently available on our site include: “Why Study the Pagans?” by Cheryl Lowe “Why We Read the Odyssey” by Deborah Stokol Introduction to Greek Tragedy Introduction to Classical Greek Literature by Ian Johnston “Hidden Histories” [the story … Continue reading

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The Four Ages of Man by Anne Bradstreet

The Four Ages of Man by Anne Bradstreet [Introduction] Childhood Youth Middle Age Old Age [Introduction] 1.1   Lo now! four other acts upon the stage, 1.2   Childhood, and Youth, the Manly, and Old-age. 1.3   The first: son unto Phlegm, grand-child … Continue reading

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Letter 1 Introduction from American Farmer Letters by Crevecoeur

Letters From An American Farmer J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur COLOPHON Text: Letters From an American Farmer, by J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, reprinted from the original ed., with a prefatory note by W. P. Trent and an … Continue reading

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William Blake Poetry

William Blake Poetry William Blake (1757-1827) was a British Romantic poet and painter. He is most well known for his Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience; his own engravings illustrated these and many other of his poems. Blake’s writing … Continue reading

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Songs of Experience Introduction by William Blake

SONGS OF EXPERIENCE by William Blake INTRODUCTION Hear the voice of the Bard, Who present, past, and future, sees; Whose ears have heard The Holy Word That walked among the ancient tree; Calling the lapsed soul, And weeping in the … Continue reading

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Songs of Innocence Introduction by William Blake

Songs of Innocence by William Blake INTRODUCTION Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: “Pipe a song about a Lamb!” So I piped with … Continue reading

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