I manage a YouTube account, which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRuggedPyrrhus

I enjoy reading Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Orwell, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, Plato, Nietzsche, Descartes, Poe, Kafka, Tennyson, Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Byron, Marlowe, Milton, Blake, Yeats, etc.

I created this blog to record my interpretations of literary classics, and to engage in intelligent discussions with my fellow bloggers. Please feel free to comment or suggestΒ a specific topic for discussion.

I have transferred most of my attention to my Great Books Blog found here: Great Books of the Western World

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  1. Such an AWESOME blog. It’s thought provoking, enlightening, and inspirational. I have to tell you that there are not many blogs (that I have come across at least) that are as “meaningful” as yours. A lot of the others are like reality t.v. good for some mindless, guilty pleasure, but not for true edification. Yours is a gem (and I’m not just saying this because I love the Bard of Avon!) It is truly great stuff. You have a fan!

  2. Thank you very much for your kind words!

    I really enjoy reading your posts. You provide remarkable and moving insights about fatherhood. I’m taking notes πŸ™‚

  3. I have to give those authors a read and revisit some of their works I’ve read already of theirs. Plato, Aristotle and Descartes are some of my favorite philosophers.

  4. We share a love of many of the same authors. πŸ™‚ I made my way over here because I fell in love with your gravatar image of Kenneth Branagh and Yorick’s skull — brilliant!!!! Just reread the play and watched the Branagh’s film and fell in love all over again. Looking forward to reading more of your work. Cheers!

    • Yes, I absolutely love Branagh’s adaptation of the play. In my opinion, it is the most comprehensive and faithful interpretation of Shakespeare’s exquisite masterpiece.

      Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

    • I will drink to that πŸ™‚

      “You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to itβ€”it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.

      But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.”

  5. I like your stated goals for this blog. Your taste in literature is superb. I just finished gorging on three of Dostoevsky’s greatest works. Best wishes!

  6. Woah. What a bigger than life author and and even bigger than life blog. πŸ˜€
    oh, on one note, though i’ve learned to appreciate shakespeare, hardly until a very good friend did explain it to me. And much to my surprise, performing it as she did, was a way to appreciate it better than reading it. πŸ˜€

    I’m more for ezra pound (and his two lined poem which spurred me to writing poetry) and pablo neruda’s, some filipino poets: Realuyo Bino “our gods live next door” book of poems, Joel Toledo, Marjorie Evasco’s Kingfisher and Dreamweaver, and DumDum Sr. are my preferred works – oh and among the classics some very old poems of egyptian, chinese and greek origin. I’m sure you’ve read Seizure by Sappho.

  7. I love the intentions behind your blog… to be honest I feel a little in awe of you/it. Your intellect is beguiling πŸ˜‰ Glad that you liked my post, and so like a domino effect I found this inspirational blog.

  8. Hello there! I am interested by the scope of your reading, study even, and wonder whether, after all of it – and obviously, after some considerable time – you have come to any conclusions yourself. I am not asking for you to set them out here as that would be asking too much. πŸ™‚
    N.B. It took me over 56 years but that only relates to me!

    • Hi, Ian. Thanks for your comment!

      Yes, I have come to several conclusions during my studies. Unfortunately, I change most of them on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis πŸ™‚

      • If the “Enquiring mind” continues you will become aware in due course. I wish you well on your journey πŸ™‚

  9. This is exactly the kind of conversation I like to have! I am a theatre practitioner, writing and performing my own one-woman shows that include extracts from great literature, drama, poetry and song.
    So glad you like my review of a recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or I might never have come across you!

  10. I am no philosopher, neither am I educated in the arts. Never went beyond Pygmalion or Macbeth. The tongue, it seems, is a weapon of mass destruction. It is an explosive device with nuclear fall-out. It leaves the valleys and plains of the soul desolate and devastated.

    The tongue is mightier than the sword. That is no philosophy but proven reality.

  11. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle. I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. πŸ™‚ Great work

  12. Philosophy always makes for great conversation. I’ve just never met anyone who wants to discuss it unless it was another student in my major. I love your author list. Looks a lot like my own. Thanks for interesting and enlightening reads.

    • You are very much welcome!

      Yes, it is often difficult to find people who are willing to engage in meaningful conversations. The Internet has been a tremendous help in connecting like-minded individuals and allowing the profitable exchange of ideas.

      Please feel free to share some of your thoughts about any of these books. I would enjoy reading your interpretations.

  13. Since I am pursuing Master’s in English Literature, your blog is going to be the ultimate pot of wisdom for me. Thank you for putting so much efforts for all the knowledge you’ve shared.

  14. Thank you for your visit to my blog. I am interested in learning more about some of the authors/subjects you have posted. In browsing your entries I see that they are not too long. πŸ™‚ I don’t want to learn too much. lol
    And I like that you post your script too. So I will give you a try. πŸ™‚ But will probably not have much to add to the conversation. 😦

    • Everyone has something to contribute πŸ™‚

      Don’t worry about being right or wrong. These questions have been debated for thousands of years, and there is still no agreement in regards to many of them.

    • Thanks for sharing that article! I have always been fascinated by writers of the Absurd – Camus, Kafka, Dostoevsky, etc. I really need to get around to writing a post on Kafka πŸ™‚

      • Interesting as I feel quite differently about those three writers. In that Camus always seemed the ultimate nihilist and non-believer. Dostoyevsky was from a family background of priests and you can tell he had some conflicting feelings about religion but that he seems to have been given some sort of solid foundation in it. Kafka’s parents were Jews but not religiously connected and I think his writings while reflecting the pain of a world that seems desultory random and cruel himself did seek ultimately some kind of greater meaning beyond it all. I feel that he had was a spiritual seeker in a way that Camus was instead rather a Communist.

      • The three writers certainly had different world-views – Camus was an Atheist, Dostoevsky was a Christian, and Kafka was a Jew – but all three explored the Absurd (i.e. the absurdity of man’s search for meaning in a meaningless universe). Dostoevsky and Kafka attempted to escape the Absurd by finding a transcendent meaning, while Camus decided to continuously rebel against it.

      • There you go. That makes sense. I haven’t read enough of Dostoyevsky to have a sense of his transcendental pursuit, but I do recall that from Crime and Punishment. You might also like Philip K Dick, especially The Man in the High Castle, which is a counterfactual genre where Nazi Germany and Japan have won World War II and the characters try to understand their existence by looking at Yarrow rods to read omens. It is the deepest thing I have read from modern literature since Kafka.

  15. Considering the glimpse your blog allows to the realm of your mind I am honored you liked a post of mine – this is some deep intellectual waters! I do know this, “Write drunk, edit sober.” Thank you, & cheers!

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  17. Well you have no idea how much I will treasure your “like”. I only set up this blog and hour or so ago. I intend to post a lot of my stories so I hope you come back. When I look at all the authors you quote at the top I am a little apprehensive but as an old English teacher who loved teaching Shakespeare and Tennyson to the “RatBag” classes I completely understand.

  18. I’m commencing an Arts degree at ANU next year centred around psychology, philosophy and english literature so I highly appreciate the contact; I’ll definitely be picking your brain in future. Excellent blog and an equally excellent YouTube channel.

  19. Thanks you for reading my post and liking it. It’s great to connect to people with similar interests. you follow the great literary minds in history. Looking forward to reading your posts.

  20. Mr. orwell1627,

    A pleasure reading your blog. You, sir, should be teaching a class on classics. Personally, I’d sign up.

  21. Congratulations on the beautiful content. I borrow one post here and there and present them in my blogs hoping that my friends may find interest in such beautiful posts! THANK YOU!

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