Poetry and Politics, Old Western Culture Reader Vol. 14, is a selection of poems and political works from the early modern period. This unique and particular selection of texts accompanies the Old Western Culture unit, Poetry and Politics. Based on the Great Books of western civilization, Old Western Culture guides students through the literature, history, theology, and philosophy of the West from a Christian perspective.
Early Moderns: Poetry and Politics Reader
Table of Contents
- Alexander Pope Essay on Criticism, The Iliad (exerpt), and Ode on Solitude, Essay on Man
- C. S. Lewis, De Descriptione Temporum
- Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, and Selected Letters and Speeches
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Selected Poems
- William Wordsworth, Intimations of Immortality
- Lord Byron, Selected Poems
- John Keats, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
- Percy Shelley, Ode to the West Wind
- Alexis de Toqueville, Democracy in America (selections)
- Edgar Allan Poe, Selected Poems
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Selected Poems
- Roberts Browning, Selected Poems
- Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
- Christina Rosetti, Selected Poems
- Gerard Manley Hopkins, Selected Poems
WHAT is “Old Western Culture”?
“Old Western Culture” is a literature curriculum named after a term coined by C.S. Lewis to describe the fabric of ideas that shaped Western Civilization. For centuries, a “Great Books” education lay at the heart of what it meant to be educated. It was the education of the Church Fathers, of the Medieval Church, of the Reformers, and of all the Founding Fathers of the United States.
– It is a CLASSICAL EDUCATION, based on the great books of western civilization.
– It is a CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, which sees the history and literature of the West through the eyes of the Bible and historic Christianity.
– It is an INTEGRATED HUMANITIES CURRICULUM, bringing together literature, history, philosophy, doctrine, geography, and art.
– It is a HOMESCHOOL oriented curriculum, made by homeschoolers with the needs of homeschooled in mind, including flexibility, affordability, and ease-of-use.
We bring a master-teacher into your home and encourage parents to gain an overview of Western Civilization themselves by watching the video lessons with their children.
HOW does Old Western Culture work?
Old Western Culture is a video course. It is built around a master teacher, Wes Callihan. With decades of teaching experience, he guides students through the story of Western civilization. The Historians contains 12 video lessons (approx 30-40 min each).
Each lesson begins with a brief review before jumping into summary, commentary, analysis, and inter-disciplinary connections of the works covered. After each lesson, students complete the assigned readings and answer comprehension questions in the Student Workbook or online workbook.
WHY do people love Wes Callihan?
Wes Callihan is a master story teller! With a remarkable ability to communicate a passion for history and literature, he makes profound ideas accessible, relevant, and interesting. Also known for his distinctive “rabbit trailers,” forays into funny and obscure historical anecdotes, which have a way of showing up at the dinner table. (After all, rabbit trails are “hooks for the imagination and memory.”) Wes Callihan is a true classical scholar, fluent in both Latin and Greek. He lectures only from the notes in the margins of his worn copies of the Great Books. “Meet him” through THIS VIDEO TOUR of his personal library, which doubled as a mini-lecture!
Old Western Culture is intended for mature and discerning students. We recommend this course for ages 14 and up. The course will deal with mature themes such as paganism, sexual immorality, battle scenes (mostly in actual reading), and classical paintings. Old Western Culture is meant to equip your child with a Biblical lens from which to process these themes. We assume your child has a working knowledge of the Bible and basic Christian doctrine.
This a robust course academically, and requires a fair bit of reading. Wesley Callihan will coach your student on how to approach the reading in the video. The average daily reading load is 30-40 pages. As an “integrated humanities” course, Old Western Culture will constantly be incorporating history, literature, theology, philosophy, art, and art history, all through the eyes of the Great Books.
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