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    It's hard to believe that this hasn't been done...

    It's hard to believe that this hasn't been done many times before. Surely there's been a market for this sort of thing for a long, long time now.
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    Is it not arguable that poetry, or even the...

    Is it not arguable that poetry, or even the humanities in general, were at least more respected in the past? It was not too long ago that Literae Humaniores was the degree of choice for young...
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    It's hard to argue with the top ten except maybe...

    It's hard to argue with the top ten except maybe Donne. I think Spenser should be ranked higher based on both his influence and the quality of his work. Donne is one of my favourite poets, but I'd...
  4. The poems of Catullus. After reading nothing but...

    The poems of Catullus. After reading nothing but Early Modern and 19th century poetry his poems were an eye-opener.
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    I guess introductions are catered towards a more...

    I guess introductions are catered towards a more academic audience. An audience for whom plot details don't matter very much because they're more concerned with other aspects of the work. It's not...
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    I thought about this quite a lot when I was...

    I thought about this quite a lot when I was reading Milton. If they were to do it I think they should make it a hand-drawn animated movie, set to music with no dialogue. Something like a scene from...
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    I'd second this one. I think there was a serial...

    I'd second this one. I think there was a serial killer that claimed that this book inspired him. If you just want a book to be seen in your video then I think this is the one to go for.
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    I guess it depends if he's wearing a condom. I've...

    I guess it depends if he's wearing a condom. I've never known a woman to hold one up and inspect the contents or the lack thereof...



    I don't think so; not every time.
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    Keats' sonnet 'When I Have Fears' is the first...

    Keats' sonnet 'When I Have Fears' is the first poem that I ever felt strongly about. Knowing that Keats was fairly certain that he was to die of tuberculosis made it seem so poignant to me.
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    Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio

    I've read that this collection of stories was a favourite of both Kafka's and Borges's and was wondering if anyone could tell me more about it.
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    When the stars threw down their spears, And...

    When the stars threw down their spears,
    And watered heaven with their tears,
    Did he smile his work to see?
    Did he who made the Lamb make thee?


    I read the first two lines as a reference to...
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    I prefer short poems that speak volumes....

    I prefer short poems that speak volumes. Something like Blake's The Sick Rose.



    The original epics were oral poems. They were composed metrically to aid memorisation and, presumably, to sound...
  13. That's great; I used to visit there all the time,...

    That's great; I used to visit there all the time, but I haven't been able to access it since I graduated.
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    If I remember correctly, there's a long driving...

    If I remember correctly, there's a long driving scene in the beginning of Updike's Rabbit Run.

    Oh, and I'm surprised no one mentioned The Wind in the Willows. Mr Toad, the original boy-racer, gets...
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    It sounds like you could do with a general...

    It sounds like you could do with a general overview of the genre like this book. It's relatively cheap and there's a decent preview of the first chapter too, which you might find useful even if you...
  16. "Easy" was a poor choice of word on my behalf. Of...

    "Easy" was a poor choice of word on my behalf. Of course it's not easy to read in the sense that modern prose might be easy to read but, using an edition that defines the obsolete words/more obscure...
  17. I read slowly. A regular 20th century play can be...

    I read slowly. A regular 20th century play can be read in a sitting, but I might take a couple of days to read a Shakespeare (or other Early Modern) play for the first time. I read Shakespeare for...
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    From what I understand, despite being a prolific...

    From what I understand, despite being a prolific poet, he's lauded more as a sort of literary facilitator than as an actual writer. He played a major part in the development of Modernism and Imagism....
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    Moby Dick. Captain Ahab makes hatred an artform....

    Moby Dick. Captain Ahab makes hatred an artform.

    "Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hellís heart I stab at thee; for hateís...
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    This effort is dedicated to Wolf :biggrin5:. ...

    This effort is dedicated to Wolf :biggrin5:.


    The Poplar tree thrust up to the heavens
    Like a menacing, skeletal phallus
    And, with two great spurts of its succulent sap,
    Impregnated the shard...
  21. I've not read Two Noble Kinsmen, but I felt the...

    I've not read Two Noble Kinsmen, but I felt the same way when I had to read Pericles, Prince of Tyre at university. I remember thinking that it was poorly structured - it just didn't feel like a...
  22. 1. King Lear.

    1. King Lear.
  23. Poetry employs the subtleties and nuances of...

    Poetry employs the subtleties and nuances of language. I'd imagine the level of proficiency required to not just read but to understand and appreciate poetry is quite high. On top of that, a lot of...
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    Thanks. That's a good starting point.

    Thanks. That's a good starting point.
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    Gnosticism in relation to literature

    Could someone please give me an explanation of what the word Gnosticism means when it's used in relation to literature? I've heard someone describe Moby Dick and other books as being "Gnostic" but I...
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