Category Archives: Literature

Reading Dickens-Dombey and Son

I finally finished my summer reading, Dombey and Son, clocking in at 1040 pages! That is, if you read the Penguin Classics edition. The Wordsworth Edition that I read was only 808 pages, but if felt like 1040 pages. Don’t get me wrong. … Continue reading

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

I’m not so certain that I want to be king of Scotland anymore.   After reading The Tragedy of Macbeth with my students, I am having a difficult time shaking off a sense that life is meaningless when worldly ambition is the governing … Continue reading

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The Attempt And Not The Deed Confounds Us.

Of all the authors we should compel our students to read, surely no one is so foolhardy as to demand a reason for reading Shakespeare.   I can forgive the one who asks, Why should students read Aeschylus? Or Why do you force them … Continue reading

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In Which the Lion and Ox Discuss the Furies

Lion:  That last post about Aeschylus’ Eumenides was too long – and frankly Langley began to lose me when he started talking about conscience. The lengthy citations were no help either. Ox: Yes, the post was rather long-winded. Langley talks … Continue reading

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Reading Dickens

Every summer I have made it my habit to read a Dickens novel. “Yes,” you say “I have heard that before. The fact is that you have not read a Dickens novel for the past two-if not three summers!” Well … Continue reading

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Homerus Omnes Docuit

Every serious discussion about Catholic Liberal Education (which I call “Catholic Classical Education” sheerly for marketing purposes) must perforce dwell at considerable length from time to time on Homer and his works- especially the Iliad and the Odyssey. And this is because, as … Continue reading

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Six Characteristics By Which To Identify The Wisest Man

As Heraclitus said (and we never tire of repeating) “If you do not expect the unexpected you will never find it, for it is hard to find and inaccessible.” This is certainly a wise statement. A clear example of its … Continue reading

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History and Poetry

What has more the character of a scientist, the poet or the historian? That question might appear rather odd I suppose, because in our day we are accustomed to limit the word “scientist” only to those who wear some kind … Continue reading

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Pious Aeneas..Hey! Hey! Hey!

A certain young lady that I know is intending to write a paper on, “Whether Aeneas is Pious?” I think this is a splendid topic and have been struggling with just why I think it is a splendid topic. Here … Continue reading

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γνῶθι σαὐτόν Know thyself

I am reading Macbeth with my ninth grade English Literature class and was particularly delighted with this little nugget of wisdom in Act 4 scene 2. Lady MacDuff has just discovered that her husband has fled and Ross is attempting … Continue reading

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