Armchair BEA, The Classics and Me
It’s funny that we’re talking about the classics, because when I was younger, I did everythig I could to avoid reading any classics at all. Yeah, I wanted to be the one saying (sagely, I thought) that I didn’t need the classics to understand neither life nor literature…
Now, though, I love the classics, and I think that one of my favorite parts of going back to university is having the opportunity to discuss different classics with other students. And there are many different reasons why I love the classics now.
1) There are some things that seem to be universal when it comes to human condition. I was especially touched by this when I read George Eliot’s Adam Bede. The tight-knit community that just stopped talking about Hester all together when they found out what she had done. Also, how lonely and lost Hester felt, – it’s the same that happens in literature today. And those are feelings we can all have when something happens to us and we feel as if we have lost everything.
2) Inventing new words. Yup, I’m talking about the bard – Shakespeare cracks me up with all the words he’s making up as he goes. The man was a genius, both his plays and his poetry is really beautiful IMO. Not all of it is excellent of course, and I know very well he didn’t write it all alone either. But I imagine sometimes how he, Marlow and the others sat around talking about different ideas, then almost had a race to see he could get it down on paper and ready for the theater first. And Shakespeare clearly had an advantage there, since he was also part owner of a theater. Next year, my last English class in uni is called Shakespeare in Performance. And yes, towards the end of the spring semester, we’re going to London and Stratford-upon-Avon to see some plays.
3) Even people who love really dark stories could turn to the classics, ever read a Charles Dickens novel withouth feeling sad and lonely? Especially Oliver Twist or David Copperfield come to mind.
So these are some reasons why I love reading classics, what about you? Do you read classics? By choice? Do you like it or loathe it?
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