The Belletrist podcast features classic poetry and short fiction read with commentary from a former English prof. who hates the way contemporary universities have abandoned the reading of Literature in favor of grievance studies. Pieces range from ancient literature to mid-20th century. Belletrist: A term for one who loves Literature for its intrinsic and aesthetic properties. It is often used as a derogatory term within English studies.
Episode 8: The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats
Reading and analysis of William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming"
Episode 7: The Haystack in the Floods by William Morris
Explication and discussion of William Morris' poem "The Haystack in the Floods."
Episode 6: A Clean Well-Lighted Place by Earnest Hemingway
Explication and discussion of Earnest Hemingway's short story "A Clean Well-Lighted Place"
Episode 5: Terence, This is Stupid Stuff by AE Housman
Explication and discussion of AE Housman's "Terence, This is Stupid Stuff."
Episode 4: Dolce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
In this episode I read Wilfred Owen's gut-wrenching poem, "Dolce Et Decorum Est," which he wrote to describe his experiences in the trenches of World War One. We discuss the way in which war poetry contrasted with official government propaganda and...
Episode 3: Breakfast by John Steinbeck
Reading and analysis of John Steinbeck's short story: "Breakfast."
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My newest addiction
I had never heard this poem before, at least not that I can remember. Not that I’ve read much poetry mind you. It made me feel somewhat bolstered in that I found the pagan imagery at the end quite refreshing for what started out seemingly as a Christian themed vision. The discussion and dissection by Dave was enlightening as always.
I will forever cherish the phrase “the duct tape of figurative language”.
I am Belletrist
I was looking for a reading of one of my favorite stories and most enjoyed the Belletrist’s voice. Listened to the analysis that followed and he read one of my favorite poems too. Have since enjoyed the criticism and readings of other works I know and love and the introduction to more great poems. Somewhat fearful that his center-right politics will creep more into the podcast, but I now know that I too am a Belletrist.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this podcast. Dave Stephens delivers insightful analysis coupled with his fabulous oration. Your life will be the richer for listening!