My favorite essay on fairy tales, but near impossible for most freshmen to read: Fairy Tales by G.K. Chesterton. (In Chesterton, G. K. All Things Considered. London: Methuen, 1908, 1915.) In class today we went through half of the essay line by line; we’ll finish next week. If I can find the time, I may post a “translation.”
The one passage everyone seemed to understand right away was the lines Chesterton quotes (from a poem by William Butler Yeats)* about the “Land of Faery”:
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Photo source: American Chesterton Society
* I hope you all noticed that the words inside the parentheses are a nonrestrictive modifier!