• Robert Frost: four lessons
    • Cost: $12.00

    Robert Frost is known for his poetry about New England and is perhaps one of the most loved poets in America. This study of poems is from the poet's 1916 edition of his Mountain Interval. The poetry of Frost is deceptively simple because, while he employs common vocabulary, Frost packs a lot of meaning in the lines. Some of the poems in this study are "The Road Not Taken," "Christmas Trees," "Birches," "The Hill Wife," "Brown's Descent," "Snow," and many others.

    • John Steinbeck: five lessons
    • Cost: $12.50

    The Pearl represents John Steinbeck’s belief about the American Dream, even though he uses a different setting than the United States. The illusion of easy wealth and carefree living is an alluring dream; but it is simply that--a dream. The poor, who are typically consumers and not investors, are destined to remain in poverty unless the laws of money are studied and obeyed. The "hero" of The Pearl is Kino, a poor Mexican, who represents the common man, or the "Everyman," with his typical concerns about life and family. After finding an enormous pearl, Kino’s contentment with his station in life changes as the story progresses. While some of his problems seem to be solved, Kino attracts a host of other troubles due to his finding the pearl. This is a gripping tale centered on envy, evil, devotion, and love.

    • Rupert Brooke, et. al.: ten lessons
    • Cost: $15.00

    It seems ironic that it takes the sensitivity of poets to express the horrors of war. Politicians will not because they gain more power; industrialists will not because they gain more money. The British poets who suffered in the trenches that bordered No-Man's Land tell the sad story of the bloodshed and carnage. World War I brought with it a disillusionment of the accepted belief in the innate goodness of mankind, and soon writers began to abandon the romantic themes of optimism to dwell on pessimism. You will see this theme expressed as the loss of pastoral and rural innocence, which is now replaced by a barrenness. Later, the modern writers will recognize this barrenness in social and spiritual affairs, but will try to solve the moral dearth by offering socialism as the answer.

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