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Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"
List of Children's Books
There are 3 reasons why you'd want to study literature:
1. You're taking a class, and the teacher is making you do it.
2. You're an artist and you know that by studying the best of previous artist will allow you to stand on their shoulders. It's alot easier to build on what's come before than to reinvent the wheel. To build on what's come before, you have to understand and study it.
3. You're someone who likes to be entertained. Yes, you might have to work at it a bit first, but the classics are enjoyable, and worth that initial hurdle.
Think of it this way: It's 2 AD, and your name is Fred and you speak Classical Latin. A time machine from the future deposits from 2000 AD an American Latin teacher (named Mr. Piller) and a TV/VCR combo (with a power generator.) Also it comes with copies of Seinfield, Friends, Star Wars and (insert your favorite popcorn entertainment here.)
Mr Piller is a boring teacher. But if Fred can learn English from Mr. Piller, he gets to enjoy Seinfield and Star Wars (and all the other great entertainments of today, and he also avoids the bad things, like the Friends clones that lasted one season before cancellation, and the low budget Indiana Jones wannabe's).
It's a lot of work to learn modern English, but there's quite a bit of benefit as a result.
The point of this parallel is that if you put a little bit of work into understanding older English for the classics, you get to enjoy the best works from that peirod. And once you get over that initial hurdle, the classics are quite entertaining.
Edgar Allan PoeRobert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"
Sir Arthur Connan Doyle Douglas Adams JRR Tolkien CS Lewis JK Rowling Nancy Drew The Hardy Boys
Gilbert and Sullivan Rogers and Hart Rogers and Hammerstein Cole Porter Ira and George Gerschwin Meredith Wilson (The Music Man) Irving Berlin Stephen Soundheim Andrew Lloyd Webber
I Dream of Jenie Bewitched Brady Bunch I Love Lucy The Honeymooners Family Ties The Cosby Show Night Court Transformers GI Joe He Man Star Trek Remington Steele Knight Rider A-Team
Casablanca Star Wars Indiana Jones Back to the Future Terminator
X-men Spiderman Batman The Sandman Justice League of America Calvin and Hobbes The Far Side
PhilosophyDescartes The Art of War by Sun Tzu The Bible The Koran The Torah Aristotle Socrates
Star WarsGodfather Trilogy Indiana Jones Trilogy