It’s very awkward to place this thread. Since it’s about old, classical poetry, literature, prose, and great epics, I thought it’d be best in Traditional Catholicism.
We often hear of great classical writing from the English. Shakespeare, Donne, Swift, John Gay, Samuel Johnson, and everyone in between. I’m looking for classical prose, poetry, literature, authorship, heroic tales, and epics of all sorts from the Catholic world. We may have a lack of this stuff, since it was undoubtedly the Anglicans, Lutherans, and Calvinists who loved classical storytelling, whereas Catholics loved the architectural and sculptural expressions more.
Does anyone know of classicism in the Catholic world between, say, the foundation of the Jesuits (1540) and the death of St. Alphonsus de Ligouri (1787)? I’d like to find a thread, something common to our Catholic heritage. They don’t have to be saintly writings, just epic prose, poetry, literature… really, anything with classical structure, heroic virtue, and grand tales of great men. It’s inspiring beyond all description…