The Muses Companion

The Muses Companion – March 15, 2024

Good day, readers. Today is March 15th, the 74th day of the year 2024, with 292 days remaining.

“March strides forward, the ides casting long shadows, as winter’s hold loosens and spring whispers of renewal.”

William Shakespeare

Today in Literary History:

On this day in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated, a pivotal event immortalized by William Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar. Shakespeare’s portrayal of political intrigue and betrayal remains a cornerstone for discussions about power, loyalty, and consequence.

Notable Birthdays:

Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845), the seventh President of the United States, was born on this day. Jackson’s presidency is a frequent subject of historical analysis and literary exploration, examining the complexities of his populist policies and their lasting impact on American identity.

Today’s Readings:

From Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare:

“Beware the ides of March.”

Literary Fact of the Day:

On this day in 1939, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” was first serialized in The Strand Magazine. This Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is celebrated for its atmospheric depiction of the English moors and its intricate plot, weaving suspense and deduction into a landmark of detective fiction.

Reflection:

As the ides of March remind us of Caesar’s fall, let us reflect on the themes of ambition and fate. These themes are timeless, echoing through the corridors of history and literature, challenging us to consider the weight of our actions and the paths they forge.

Poem of the Day:

“March Midnight” by Sara Teasdale:

A gusty rain tapped at the pane,
And when an eerie draft slipped by,
Marked by a dull, unvaried pain,
The embers flared, and so did I.

Advice for Writers:

Inspired by the dramatic arcs of Shakespeare and the investigative twists of Conan Doyle, use today to delve into the complexities of your characters. Consider how their ambitions drive them and how their secrets shape their fates. Write about the consequences of their choices, set against the backdrop of their personal and historical milieu.

May your day be filled with the intrigue of unfolding stories and the depth of historical reflection. Until tomorrow, may your pen capture the restless spirits of the ides of March.

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