Links to Things Literary

"Too much of a good thing" describes not only the internet but the conditions under which we live in modern life. This site is filled with old fashioned print in the belief that it will reward the reader willing to make the effort. The internet on which it resides, however, makes every effort to have you avoid any kind of sustained focus. The mark of an educated person has always been the taste he has developed through sustained and honestly conducted study. The arrival of forty-five television channels works against the chance that meaningful tv (there surely is such a thing)will be viewed by more than a handful of accidental visitors to that channel. The internet drastically minimizes this chance of meaningful encounter.

The internet, of course, is dominated by the postmodern attitude that sneers at meaning, and, if you are of this tribe, you should be off surfing, not listening to this old time rant. But, if you're not, you might see that the real challenge for you is to devote your energies to things of quality (as Robert Pirsig tried to do in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance). "What is worth teaching?" is the essential question which education departments never consider, lacking, it would seem, the requirements needed to pursue such a question. "What is worth knowing?" is the question students should be asking (and do ask) of themselves and their teachers. Have you heard the common complaint: I wasted hours surfing on the net and in the end didn't find much of value? The things of real value, I suspect, don't change. When the only book in town was The Bible, it was hard to avoid things of quality. Now we are directed to websites replete with flashing gizmos and gimmicks which are as empty as the imaginations which created them.

Who are the wisemen of our age, now that saints have been negated? Which few poets and writers are worth our limited time? How do we go about learning to read them? How do I resist a culture that sneers at my "elitism" and need for "meaning"? It is there, but today's seeker needs to practice extraordinary selectivity and focus. It is there to be found, if you don't get lost.

The following links are far from unpolluted, but they are capable of providing useful support for this English course.


The William Blake Archive Homepage
Blake Digital TextProject
The Works of William Blake: Table of Contents
The Visual Art of William Blake
Blake's "Tyger": A Literary Web Page
Elizabeth Bishop (a Nova Scotia connection)
Welcome to Burns Country - the official Robert Burns web site
An exceptional Geoffrey Chaucer Site from Harvard
The Chaucer Metapage Audio Files: Listen to 5 versions of the Prologue & more
Canterbury Tales (Middle English)
Canterbury Tales (Modern English)
S. T. Coleridge Home Page
E. E. Cummings gets decent coverage at this site
Bob Dylan's Complete Lyrics
Bob Dylan Bringin' It All Back Homepage
Gerard Manley Hopkins Overview
Robert Frost: a poetry website to set the standard for others!
Hopkins, Gerard Manley. 1918. Poems.
John Keats: A Comprehensive Study of his Life and Works
The Unofficial Philip Larkin Home Page
Soft Animal: The Poetry of Mary Oliver
Shakespeare Complete Works
Shakespeare: Go no further, this site is loaded! See the criticism pages of individual plays
AT Last! A. C. Bradley's incomparable discussions of Shakespeare's Big Four: Shakespearean Tragedy
Shakespeare Criticism, including Hamlet
Dylan Thomas
Yeats Society of New York Home Page
The Collected Poetry of W. B. Yeats


The American Academy of Poets (includes some great audio selections)
Modern American Poetry. This wonderfully useful site has background and criticism on 161 poets.
Versification: An Electronic Journal of Literary Prosody
The Poetry Poll
The University of Toronto's enormous selection of poets: Representative Poetry On-Line
Links To Twentieth Century Poets
Beowulf Resources
Anglo-Saxon Culture
Great Writers and Poets

Novelists and Short Story Writers

Albert Camus Critical Interpretation Homepage
Existentialist: Albert Camus {Katharena Eiermann}
William Faulkner on the Web
Thomas Hardy Resource Library
Ernest Hemingway: a site for true fans!
Hermann Hesse
JOYCE: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Katharine Mansfield homepage
The Alice Munro Page: Canada's most famous short story writer
Cormac McCarthy Home Page
The Political Writings of George Orwell
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Books and Things Literary

Arts and Letters Daily: A compendium of things literary from news and reviews - first rate!
The Pathology Guy: A scientist who loves literature? Youbetcha-this site has enough energy to launch a rocket!
The Literary Critic: a great source of book lists
Author Interviews from the Dalkey Press: leading writers discuss writing
Harold Bloom's enormous listing of the entire Western Canon
Read more by and on Harold Bloom at Stanford's site, impressive for its list of interviews
Malispina's Great Books on the Web
Classic texts from Rome and Greece - 441 of them!
The History Guide: history buffs--this guide's for you!
Exploring Ancient World Cultures: Near East; India; Greece; Rome; Medieval Europe; Islam; Egypt; China
Bhagavad Gita: Arjuna's chat with Krishna on the meaning of life and death
Books and Book Collecting: a tremendous resource - especially the links on page 2
Advanced Book Exchange-abebooks: the largest used book source on the net (21million+)
MX Bookfinder: the ultimate in locating and pricing used books
Book Lovers: Fine Books and Literature
Project Bartleby
Links to the Literary from U. of Michigan where my uncle used to teach
Ken Hope's Humanities Courses at Truman College
Literary Links to the Web by Jack Lynch
Luminarium: Chaucer to the 17th century
Romanticism On the Net
Victorian Web

Language Reference and Resource

The Hacker Guide to MLA Documentation (including a sample paper). USE THIS PAGE for your complete documentation reference.
A Writer's Practical Guide to MLA Documentation (Very Good)
Citation Styles including MLA / Chicago / APA
NoodleTools: a great site to do your bibliographies and answer questions on research
Electronic Sources Style Guide
The UVic Writer's Guide: Start Here
Guide to Grammar and Writing: It's hard to beat this site for thoroughness-truly remarkable!
History of the English Language: A huge resource for everything imaginable on this subject
Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric. Superb site
Bob's(impressive)Glossary of Poetic Terms
National Association of Scholars (NAS) Home Page
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1901)
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Postmodern Prose Generator (a parody)
Index of On-line Dictionaries gives you 87+ links to grammar sites!'s Essential Reference Tools
Purdue University On-line Writing Lab
Grammar and Style Notes by Jack Lynch
On-Line English Grammar
The WordWizard Portal: "for lovers of the English language"
The Vocabula Review: A British Magazine offers support for the English language

Media: Magazines/News/Radio

Arts and Letters Daily: A compendium of things literary from news and reviews - first rate! The best listings on the web.
Sci Tech Daily - does for science what Arts and Letters Daily does for the humanities
Christianity Today: a surprisingly rich resource for literature and the humanities
Harper's Home Page
Context: A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture
Utne Reader
The New Criterion
IDEAS: CBC's best ever program for the mind. Check their 3 month schedule. Listen on Real Audio
slate: a zine
Ottawa Citizen Online Gateway
Welcome to
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Website
The Toronto Globe and Mail
The National Post - Canada's other national newspaper
The New Republic
salon: a first rate zine
Search The Atlantic Monthly
Boston Book Review Home Page
Poetry Magazine

Student Webpages

Darcy Wry's Page on the Romantic poet, John Keats

Daniel Ellis's Verbal Page offers a chance to improve your understanding of verbals

Crystal Jones and April St. Peter offer a visual and biographical tour of some poets on this course

Jennifer Borne and Nick Porter's colorful page on Shakespeare's use of animal imagery in Macbeth

Patty O'Byrne and Jess MacPherson's fine page on William Blake--sophisticated and personal!

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