I'm Jack Mitchell. I'm active as a poet, writer, and scholar. This website makes available much of my work in all three spheres. I generally stand for a return to classical forms of literature.
My latest book is a collection of 500 aphorisms, entitled D (i.e. 500), in the French aphoristical tradition; I am hoping to place it with a publisher soon. I have two historical novels set in ancient Rome, aimed at Young Adult readers (age 11-15), The Roman Conspiracy and The Ancient Ocean Blues. I have published some review essays in the Literary Review of Canada.
In poetry, my main effort has been to revive performance-oriented narrative poetry in the Homeric style, which I've done with a poem called The Plains of Abraham. Lasting about an hour, a performance recreates the exciting Siege of Quebec of 1759. I am now working on an alliterative poem about the Halifax Explosion of 1917. I enjoy composing lyric poems in English, French, and Latin. I have translated some Satires of Juvenal, some Elegies of Propertius, and some other, shorter ancient poems.
In scholarship, I have worked on the relationship between performance, secondary education, and scholarship in antiquity; on theoretical problems of translation, especially in terms of Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Morris; and on scattered points of Homeric scholarship.
My hobbies include reading, playing the piano, playing Go, and historical miniatures. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I'm an Associate Professor of Classics at Dalhousie University. I'm married and have two children. My favourite authors are Homer, Ovid, La Rochefoucauld, Dryden, Dr. Johnson, R. L. Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Edmund Wilson, Kenneth Clark, George Orwell, and Gore Vidal.