Classics Are Often Not about “Old” People

Briana offers a good exposition of the fact that classics are not ignored or pushed aside because their themes appeal to “old” people.

I believe this happens because reading classic literature is often work; work that requires we labor with more formal, complex expressions of the English language. Most people, including many teachers, don’t want to be bothered to that degree. Many are also ignorantly dismissing timeless values for what is more “relevant”.

When I am reading a book and need a dictionary, or am compelled to think of transcendent ideas, it is then that I know I am really reading!

Read the post here.

4 thoughts on “Classics Are Often Not about “Old” People

  1. smkoseki says:

    Don’t see a link to Briana…who/what is it?

    I don’t think I’ve ever had anybody pushing classics on me, ever. Not even sure anyone agrees on what it is. Prob Shakespeare or Dickens or Hugo even Twain? Basically, what I find modern :-). To me a classic is Aristotle or Aquinas or Dante or Kempis or even Montaigne (my Kindle TTS calls him “Michelle” Montainge, heh); But I’ve seriously never had anyone push any classics on me…but my family was not pro-education…


  2. Sara Jane Kehler says:

    Yes, there is something delicious about reading a book that challenges you to really pay attention to every word. When the sentence structure is complex yet brilliant. When the words are proper and pretty and intellectual and creative. Of course, if the plot or topic doesn’t hold my interest, then all this lovely wording is lost on me because I stop reading. A classic must have both.

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  3. Elspeth says:

    @ smk:
    I thought the link embedded automatically when I reblogged the post. Apologies.

    When I think classics, I think anything around 125 years old counting back from today. The only thing our kids have read at school which meets your standard are Homer, if I recall correctly.

    But they have read a lot of things like Kipling, Austen, Twain, etc.

    My kids who went to public school? Almost everything they were assigned besides Romeo and Juliet and Animal Farm was not modern, but postmodern, and of the worst sort.

    I recognize that your take on education and even the word classical is out of step with most people, even people like me who consider ourselves counter cultural, but bear with us low IQ types, LOL.


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