A look back at where the month has taken me and potentially where it will lead.
From BBC Radio 4, The Poems of T. S. Eliot as read by Jeremy Irons.
My review of the ancient Homeric epic.
The theme this month seems to have been "return."
As I did with The Iliad, this prelude will serve as an introduction to both Homer's epic poem and to my understanding of it in historical context.
Before we begin, I'd like to point your direction to a prelude I did, The Iliad in Perspective. It is crucial to this review, especially regarding the concepts of Glory and Honor as it relates to Homer's era as opposed to our own. It's designed to offer an introduction and context to both the epic … Continue reading The Iliad by Homer, Caroline Alexander (translation)
Settle in for a long one. Dare I say it, this one is epic. In the extremely near future, I'm going to be revisiting Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. I used to read these epics frequently through my childhood and into my teens, along with all manner of other Classical mythology. Then somewhere along the … Continue reading Prelude: The Iliad in Perspective
I'm a couple of days early in releasing this, yes. And that's ok. I wanted to do this when I had plenty of time to think about it. When I first sat down to begin writing this post, my mind went blank. It was as though this month didn't happen, or perhaps it was so … Continue reading July 2018 Overview and Assessments
After a couple of Brontë novels, I decided I needed a palette cleanser before proceeding forward. More poetry seemed the ticket. I found this little gem of Scottish poetry on Audible, with some fantastic narrators, such as Alan Cumming. The running time was only an hour long, so I gave it a couple of runs … Continue reading The Poetry of Scotland (anthology)
There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse. After working my way through more disturbing topics, I've come to find that a little poetry serves me well as a palette cleanser, especially when most of the lines are geared towards love. Most of what is believed of Sappho in popular … Continue reading Sappho: A New Rendering by Sappho, Henry de Vere Stacpoole (translation)