Whom Have You Met? Faces of Literature

What literature endows the workers with is not the awareness of their condition. It is the passion that can make them break their condition, because it is the passion that their condition forbade. ~ Jacques Rancière What international authors are introduced in the curriculum of language arts in your state/country? The list might vary across teachers, […]

Matsuo Bashō

Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694) (Wikipedia) Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it. ~ Matsuo Bashō Eastern Philosophy — Matsuo Bashō (The School of Life) 1. autumn, ten years: now I point to Edo as the old home 2. in the capital, yet longing for the capital— cuckoo 3. should […]

Li Bai

Li Bai (701-762) (Wikipedia) We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains. ~ Li Bai Li Bai Index Seeing off Meng Haoran for Guangling at Yellow Crane Tower My old friend’s said goodbye to the west, here at Yellow Crane Tower, In the third month’s cloud of willow blossoms, he’s going […]

Du Fu

Du Fu (712-770) (Wikipedia) Every reading of his poetry is like meeting an intimate ~ Yuan Chen Perverse by nature, I’m addicted to fine lines If my words don’t startle people, I won’t give up till I die ~ Du Fu Du Fu Index 秋兴八首 (一) 玉露凋伤枫树林 巫山巫峡气萧森 江间波浪兼天涌 塞上风云接地阴 丛菊两开他日泪 孤舟一系故园心 寒衣处处催刀尺 白帝城高急暮砧 qiū xìng bā […]

Ramayana

Ramayana by Valmiki (Wikipedia) Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1992) full movie on YouTube Sampoorna Ramayan (1961) full movie on YouTube The Ramayana index The Ramayana English translation (1891) A scholar’s summary of the Yuddhakanda (the sixth book of the Ramayana): “On seeing her, Rama is deeply moved; three feelings distract him, joy, grief, and anger, and […]

Odyssey

The Odyssey Map Odyssey by Homer (Wikipedia) Odyssey full text  Odyssey 1997 full movie on YouTube Written 800 B.C.E Translated by Samuel Butler Book XXIII Euryclea now went upstairs laughing to tell her mistress that her dear husband had come home. Her aged knees became young again and her feet were nimble for joy as she went […]

Luo Guanzhong

Luo Guanzhong (1330-1400) (Wikipedia) Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Wikipedia) Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Full-text) Translated by CH Brewitt-Taylor Drum Rolls at Gucheng (From CHAPTER 28. Putting Cai Yang To Death, The Brothers’ Doubts Disappear; Meeting At Gucheng, Lord and Liege Fortify Each Other.) Somewhat discontentedly Pei Yuanshao accepted the situation and marched off; […]

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) (Wikipedia) Romeo and Juliet (Wikipedia) An extract from ACT II – SCENE II CAPULET’S GARDEN. [Enter ROMEO.] ROMEO. He jests at scars that never felt a wound.– [Juliet appears above at a window.] But soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!– Arise, fair sun,and […]