17661Re: [mythsoc] Re: old favorites and sagging canon
- Dec 24, 2006Most of the list appears every summer on the various summer
reading lists I see at the bookstore, although the more challenging
works usually are assigned by the Catholic schools. I can tell by
what books the parent or student asks for the high school the
child is attending . Seamus Heaney's " Beowulf" for example
usually means the customer's list is from Boston College High
School. Recently a split developed on Homer. Some of the
schools prefer the Fitzgerald translation to the new Fagles.
The biggest problem, IMHO, to a student reading all of the list
is the education system itself. It's not the individual teacher's fault
but they can only teach or assign so much in one year. How many of
us who took US History in high school ever got up to present day,
for example? And now at least in Mass. they spend time preparing
and reviewing for the MCAS exams. I'm all for improving test
scores but what about education?
Ah well. I plan to spend some time reading the older Butler prose
translations of Homer and Vergil I picked up for half price at the
store. Not as beautiful as the verse versions but it's nostalgia for
me. I read The Odyssey back in the 3rd or 4th grade.
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