“What Each of Us Is Seeking the Poet Already Knows” – Harvard Classics (now free online)

Poetry: A General Introduction. HARVARD  CLASSICS

The Harvard Classics have just now become available–for free– online.

The nearly 60 books in this series are so well written, erudite, thoughtful and stimulating, that I want to share them with you.

If you want to bone up, refresh your memory or plow deeper into Literature, History, Philosophy, the Natural Sciences (e.g., the liberal arts/humanities, including astronomy) you cannot go wrong with this collection.

They were pubbed in 1953, but deep learning, wisdom and insight are timeless, and you will be struck by the repeated patterns in human society, history, science and the arts. The pendulum swings this way, then that way. I’m not sure we’ve gotten any smarter since 4000 BC; we seem to keep making the same mistakes, generationally and as nations ad infinitum. But the sweep and scope, the penetrating inferences of these fine books will keep you thinking and ruminating for long after you finish them.

The History and Philosophy lectures (voice enabled, audio, a little stiff, but tolerable) are absolute treasures (all are by tenured, highly respected and renowned Harvard profs from days gone by). Amazing. Even Frederick Jackson Turner, a legendary scholar and prolific writer on American history is included. Too much to mention…

Poetry has always seemed to me the purest, most moving and beautifully succinct of literary forms. Here’s a sample from these Harvard Classics, which include not simply stand-alone literary works, but lectures, introductions and essays by these fine minds.

If you want to learn, reflect, consider?  This will be a joy and an amazing treat.

If you don’t?  You’ll be bored out of your gourd.

What we really need is not on Twitter, Facebook—or in an infographic. Oh yeah, they’re fun, diverting, BUT.

There is no such thing as “flash” – “point and click” education, wisdom, cultivation, learning—or personal depth and enrichment.

PS– This is of ultimate importance to aspiring writers. If there’s nothing in your head, how can you expect to get anything out of it?

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About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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