Beowulf

One day Intensive Salon: meeting for four and a half hours with support and critical resources provided to prepare for…

Dante’s Divine Comedy

Già volgeva il mio disio e ’l velle, sì come rota ch’igualmente è mossa, l’amor che move ’l sole e l’altre stelle. Now my will and my desire were turned, like a wheel in perfect motion, by the love that moves the sun and the other stars.   These breathtaking...

T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened Into…

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

‘The Waste Land’ is the early Modernist poem classic. T. S. Eliot was striving to understand a shattered world post WWI and how the inherited cultural knowledge could offer direction or solace in a broken, mechanistic world. His use of literary and cultural allusions...

Homer’s Iliad

“Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles, murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls. . .” The first great work of Western literature is a magnificent poem...

Homer’s Odyssey

“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy. Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds, many pains he suffered, heartsick on the open sea, fighting to save...

John Milton’s Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost is, as one Salon participant put it, “ …an IMMENSE piece of English Literature. The language is mind…

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

The Salon Intensive offers a one-meeting study that ambitiously takes an entire work in one big, energetic gulp. Participants have described this as a wonderfully dynamic approach– we work hard and have a joyous time.  Why Ovid? Folks in the  Salon have...

Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

“Perhaps I am his hope. But then she is his present. And if she is his present, I am not his present. Therefore, I am not, and I wonder why no-one has noticed I am dead and taken the trouble to bury me. For I am utterly collapsed. I lounge with glazed eyes, or weep...

Virgil’s Aeneid

“Arma virumque cano. . .” “Wars and a man I sing–an exile driven on by on by Fate. . .” T.S. Eliot claimed that the Aeneid is the ultimate ‘classic’: “our classic, the classic of all Europe.” Even more than Homer’s Iliad or...
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