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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Paradise Lost – John Milton

As previously discussed the epic blank verse poem Paradise Lost was a sort of mirror to Virgil’s Aeneid.  It is considered by critics to be Milton’s major work.  The poem relates the Biblical tale of the fall of man through the temptation of … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Halloween – Robert Burns

In 1785, Robert Burns wrote a poem for Halloween.  It is included within the the Kilmarnock volume.  At 28 stanzas, it is one of Burns’ longer poems and mixes Scots with English.  It was written in response to the 1780 poem for Halloween … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Froissart’s Chronicles

Froissart’s Chronicles are a historical and fairly factually accurate account of the Hundred Years’ War that was written by  court historian Jean Froissart.  This chronology begins with the 1326 deposition of Edward II.  The chronicle depict events up until 1400 … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery – Joseph Lister

There is perhaps little better time to acknowledge the advancement of antiseptic procedure than the anniversary of the famous paper published by Dr. Lister on July 27, 1867. Although antisepsis was recommended as early as 1847 by the Hungarian doctor, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Holinshed’s Chronicles

Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland also known simply as Holinshed’s Chronicles is a multi-volume comprehensive history of the British Isles.  It was published in two editions.  The first in 1577.  The second in 1587.  Its importance today lies in its … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: 1001 Nights – The Story Told By the Tailor

When I was a child, my mother had taught me how to read even before I went to kindergarten.  She did so through telling my sister and I stories from a variety of sources and embarrassingly perhaps by allowing me … Continue reading

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