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Unformatted text preview: Classical Myth in America Lecture Outline Classics 170 Professor Gregory A. Staley KEY CHARACTERS, CONCEPTS Enlightenment Jason and the Argonauts Blessed Isles The Choice of Hercules Atlantis Ultima Thule Thomas Bulfinch Nathaniel Hawthorne The Classics in American schools Links between Washington and Rome ASSIGNMENT: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Ultima Thule" (available as a link here ) and Thomas Bulfinch, "Author's Preface" to The Age of Fable , which you can download by clicking here . I. AMERICA AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT A. "Among a democratic people poetry will not feed on legends or on traditions and memories of old days. The poet will not try to people the universe again with supernatural beings in whom neither his readers nor he himself any longer believes; nor will he coldly personify virtues and vices better seen in their natural state. All these resources fail him, but man remains, and the poet needs no more." Alexis de TocquevilleWrong in the sense of nationality A new beginning...
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