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    From Homer's Iliad (Greek): μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ...

    From Homer's Iliad (Greek):

    μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος
    οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε,
    πολλὰς δ᾽ ἰφθίμους ψυχὰς Ἄϊδι προΐαψεν
    ἡρώων, αὐτοὺς δὲ ἑλώρια τεῦχε κύνεσσιν
    5οἰωνοῖσί τε...
  2. The text does reward me a lot. It’s so...

    The text does reward me a lot. It’s so fascinating to think of Stanley Kowalski as this larger than life man. He’s a monster in many ways, yet there’s a lot of power and aura to him. And Blanche...
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    I’d say very likely if the opera is any good ...

    I’d say very likely if the opera is any good

    The Greek choruses are sung, the epic poetry of Homer and the Old English bards was sung.

    So there’s a conjunction between great music and great...
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    The Confidence Man

    The Confidence Man
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    I think the Humbert-Quilly fight scene near the...

    I think the Humbert-Quilly fight scene near the close of Lolita is dark comedy.
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    Good luck

    Good luck
  7. I think Anna Karenina was conservative in its...

    I think Anna Karenina was conservative in its time for how it viewed adultery and extramarital sexual relations. Much of Tolstoy is morally and culturally conservative in some way or another
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    Check out Moby-Dick, Paradise Lost, The Scarlet...

    Check out Moby-Dick, Paradise Lost, The Scarlet Letter, James Joyce’s Dubliners
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    The collected works of William Butler Yeats ...

    The collected works of William Butler Yeats

    Cause I wanted some Yeats poetry.
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    My ten favorite American novels (there’s of...

    My ten favorite American novels (there’s of course so much more than 10 masterpices od American literature)

    Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    Benito Cereno - Herman Melville
    The Scarlet Letter -...
  11. Romantics: Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Mary...

    Romantics: Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, William Blake, John Keats, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth

    Realism: Leo Tolstoy,...
  12. I think War and Peace has that great structure to...

    I think War and Peace has that great structure to it. Then Blood Meridian, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby.

    Inventory ask heard Anna Karenina is beautifully structured
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    A third-person omniscient narrator can be...

    A third-person omniscient narrator can be “unreliable” in the sense of being biased, opinionated, filtering viewpoints and facts. I think the narrators in Washington Irving’s stories can be...
  14. Dostoevsky is the obvious counterpoint to...

    Dostoevsky is the obvious counterpoint to Tolstoy.

    Also check out Tolstoy’s Father Sergius and The forged Coupon (Parts 1 and 2)
  15. Dostoevsky is the obvious counterpoint to...

    Dostoevsky is the obvious counterpoint to Tolstoy.

    Also check out Tolstoy’s Father Sergius and The forged Coupon (Parts 1 and 2)
  16. Word!

    Word!
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    Poll: I haven’t read Pope, but I love Fagles and...

    I haven’t read Pope, but I love Fagles and Lattimore.

    Caroline Alexander did a translation of The Iliad, which I find pretty swell and amazing.

    For Elizabethan awesomeness, check out George...
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    It’s sad. A book is not always for every reader....

    It’s sad. A book is not always for every reader.

    For me Blood Meridian, when I read it both times, felt a bit futile at times. Yet I would say that it was all worth it — worth it for the rich...
  19. All art forms have their benefits. Milton and...

    All art forms have their benefits.

    Milton and Shakespeare show us what poetry can do (Shakespeare in the dramatic world, Milton with epic).

    The lyric poets like Donne, Shelley, Keats, are...
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    Cool comparison. Though I love Troilus and...

    Cool comparison. Though I love Troilus and Cressida as its own sophisticated, experimental, avant-garde, weird, opaque, baffling, anxious, and elitist play rivaled in its experimentalism only by the...
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    A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor ...

    A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor

    Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne

    After the Ball - Leo Tolstoy
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    Things got quite interesting. Albeit it seemed to...

    Things got quite interesting. Albeit it seemed to veer off from the Homer-Shakespeare question.
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    Homer vs Shakespeare

    Do you prefer Homer and his two epics — The Iliad and The Odyssey — or Shakespeare?

    For me, Shakespeare is the greater and broader writer - more depth to his characters, a kind of invention of the...
  24. I wonder how Melville and his work fits into this...

    I wonder how Melville and his work fits into this scheme.
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    Poll: The Iliad or The Odyssey?

    Dear readers:

    Which of Homer's two epics do you prefer? The Iliad or The Odyssey?

    My preference is with The Iliad, which many seem to prefer. Harold Bloom, Shelby Foote, Longinus, and others...
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