BOOKS OF 2020
The Odyssey- Homer/Emily Wilson
If only the bright-eyed goddess chose to love you
Honestly, any poetry is DA poetry if you can recite it from memory or sound intelligent while speaking of it.
• T. S. Elliot
Didn’t write much poetry, but what he did write is dense with meaning
• Wisława Szymborska
Any of her poems are instant winners, for a great collection I would recommend Map: Collected and Last Poems
• William Shakespeare
Classic, cannot go wrong with any of his works
• Anne Sexton
For bonus points, listen to the song “Mercy Street” by Peter Gabriel based on the poem “45 Mercy Street”
• John Milton
Paradise Lost is always recognizable by name
Both The Iliad and The Odyssey are the best known works, bonus points if you are able to read them in their original Greek for the full effect
• Edgar Allen Poe
Although The Raven is his most notable work of poetry, his short stories are also enjoyable
• Robert Frost
An acquired taste compared to my other favourite poets, but my top four are definitely “The Road Not Taken”, “Mending Wall”, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, and “Acquainted With the Night”
• Mark Twain
Recognizable in name and work
• Lord Byron
An older poet, much of his language is obsolete in the modern era yet conveys meanings we could not hope to comprehend without it
An excellent romantic, “Slender Aphrodite has overcome me with longing for a girl” Bonus points if you read it in the original Greek for the full effect
• Walt Whitman
The modern-day version of a classical poet: free verse is his specialty!
• Edgar Allan Poe
The O.G. dark academic, the literature teacher’s favourite Halloween lesson. Nothing can beat the simple and unsettling Poetry of Poe!
• Oscar Wilde
Nothing will ever be as iconic as The Picture of Dorian Gray has become in the DA aesthetic! a definite must-read.
The Iliad: When one man’s decision to kidnap his waifu took a turn for the worse.
The Odyssey: Odysseus gives out a lot of one-star ratings on Trip Advisor.
The Aeneid: When Virgil decided to borrow Homer’s school projects.
All Odysseus does is being short and telling lies.
named my island after the island that odysseus washes up on in the odyssey like the stupid pretentious classics nerd i am
Penelope: I always carry a note that says “Odysseus did it” in case I get murdered. I will not have him remarry.
I made an animatic about Odysseus for literature as a project. I may have procrastinated on it all weekend and actually spent about 6 hours on it, but shhh.
The Shield of Achilles
“That’s not a road trip […] that’s the Odyssey.