For decades Readers Digest has already done the heavy lifting of reading and understanding literature for us. I find their Condensed Poems series is a great doorway to broader cultural horizons. I included a couple of my favorites below:
Who has time for epic poetry nowadays? Now we all do!
The Aeneid of Virgil
I sing of Arms and a Man
Who snuck out of Troy with a Band
Tho’ he felt kinda hurt
When his girlfriend got burnt
He still conquered Italy’s land.
And of course, my favourite, Robert Frost:
The Road Less Travelled
Two roads diverged in a wood,
So I thought as hard as I could:
“If I take the one
I might have some fun,
But the other might be just as good!”
Isn’t that easy? Thanks Reader’s Digest!