The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri

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What Did You Read Today?

by Pierre Menard

So something a little different to 'What are you reading now'.What did you read today? I mean it in a specific way. For example, today I re-read the wonderful Borges essay "The Homeric...

Musing on Sappho

by Ecurb

The latest issue of "The New Yorker" includes an article on Sappho. Here's a link: [link] Among the interesting tidbits in the article: 1) Many scholars think that Sappho's poems were performed...

"Attractiveness of evil "- help...

by akashiya

Hello everyone, I've dicided to write my thesis on "the attractiveness of evil" , however I am not sure which approach to literature would be the most suitable, the psychological maybe? I...

quotes of the week

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
~Emily Dickinson
"'Tut, tut, child,' said the Duchess. 'Everything's got a moral if only you can find it.'"
~Lewis Carroll,
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"Youth is wholly experimental."
~Robert Louis Stevenson,
"A Letter to a Young Gentleman"
"Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Quatrains, "Nature"
"Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable."
~L. Frank Baum,
The Wizard of Oz
"Earth with her thousand voices praises God."
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
Hymn in the Vale of Chamouni

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Written between 1611-12; First performed in 1623

Macbeth captures the timeless nature of the human experience... There is greed for power, murderous evil scheming, and the nobility of the fight for good and evil. The tortuous guilty self-flagellation that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth succumb to is such a base human...

A Tale of Two Cities

Written in 1859

As an example of Dickens's literary work, A Tale of Two Cities is not wrongly named. It is his most typical contact with the civic ideals of Europe. All his other tales have been tales of one city. He was in spirit a Cockney; though that title has been quite...

Gulliver's Travels

Written in 1726

The author of these Travels, Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, is my ancient and intimate friend; there is likewise some relation between us on the mother's side. About three years ago, Mr. Gulliver growing weary of the concourse of curious people coming to...