The best thing about Emily Dickinson poems, of course, is that they can all be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas".
Finally, the only Proust I've read is...
I tried to read Ulysses, and got about 20 pages into it. I couldn't make sense of it at all. Same with Proust.
I also disagree about the Illiad. I read it and the Odessey in college, and both were worth reading. Also, reading some greek tragic plays is appropriate college level, or advanced high school reading.
I'd add Gravity's Rainbow to the list. I also tried to read that and didn't get very far before I was bored to tears.
"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. "
Hint: the book isn't about whales. :) I reread it every few years, and I think I'm due again this winter.
Lord of the Rings ... BAH! I still can't follow it.
I gave up trying.
Even the movies - although visually wonderful - confuse the heck out of me.
I have said for years that a lot of required reading lists are formatted to make people hate books for the rest of their lives.
LOTR was gibberish to me, sorry.
Pretty much anything by Bill Shakespeare. Yuck.
Oh...I loved Homer's The Odyssey. One of my favorites.
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