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English Teacher Re-Titles Classic Poems As Clickbait In Last-Ditch Effort To Trick Students Into Learning


Read this one weird article. You won’t believe what happens next!

English Teacher Re-Titles Classic Poems As Clickbait In Last-Ditch Effort To Trick Students Into Learning



Neil Gaiman on why we read, the power of cautionary questions, and how speculative storytelling enlarges our humanity


My favourite thing is when people read classic romances for the first time and realise how different they are to the way popular culture represents them. Mr. Darcy isn’t some handsome, perfect hunk. He’s a socially awkward loser who writes embarrassingly long, eloquent letters to the girl he likes because he can’t speak two words to her face without colossally fucking up. Mr. Rochester is a creepy bigamous liar who keeps women in his attic. Heathcliff’s a terrifying fucking psychopath who abuses kids. JULIET WAS THIRTEEN.


do you ever translate an ancient work and come across a line that really gets to you? like, you’re just translating as normal but then all of a sudden and you read something and it really strikes you and suddenly the author is alive again, and it’s like they’re speaking to you and you understand them perfectly beyond just what the translation says, like you’re in their head and can feel their emotions pouring from their words into you? cause im feeling that right now and god, that’s a good feeling

Oh my word yes. Time for sharing favorites? I will never get over these lines from the Metamorphoses, Ovid’s account of the creation of Man:

Sanctius his animal mentisque capacius altae
deerat adhuc et quod dominari in cetera posset:
natus homo est, sive hunc divino semine fecit
ille opifex rerum, mundi melioris origo,
sive recens tellus seductaque nuper ab alto               80
aethere cognati retinebat semina caeli.

quam satus Iapeto, mixtam pluvialibus undis,
finxit in effigiem moderantum cuncta deorum,
pronaque cum spectent animalia cetera terram,
os homini sublime dedit caelumque videre               85
iussit et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus:

sic, modo quae fuerat rudis et sine imagine, tellus
induit ignotas hominum conversa figuras.

Especially the bolded lines. The image of the other animals looking to the earth, while the creator commanded men to “raise their faces upright to the stars”…Man, I love that bit.


Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)


Request – Cutest character in my opinion

I think Cassandra is adorable especially during the scene in Guilty Pleasures lol

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