Saturday, 14 July 2018
Thursday, 12 July 2018
“Désirée’s Baby” is Kate Chopin’s short story, set before the American Civil War, about a baby and a racial crisis between a husband and wife. It has always been one of her most popular stories. Read here.
The author emphasizes three controversial subjects in her short story: racism, prejudice, and marriage. One of her purposes was to expose the inequities of prejudice and female subjugation. Here you can read the story.
Sunday, 1 July 2018
Saturday, 23 June 2018
Friday, 22 June 2018
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Today my students of 5^C Liceo Linguistico took an English test on the day of their II Prova Scritta.
As usual, it consisted of a text analysis and a composition, but they could choose among four different articles. All of them were very interesting, but quite complicated.
You can download them here, just in case you are curious!
Monday, 11 June 2018
His method was greatly influenced by the prolific explosion of Jazz, especially the genre established by and others. Later, Kerouac included ideas he developed from his James Joyce studies. He often referred to his style as "spontaneous prose." Although his prose was spontaneous and supposedly without edits, he primarily wrote based upon actual events from his life and the people with whom he interacted. An often overlooked literary influence on Kerouac was , whose work he alluded to more than any other author. Kerouac had high esteem for Joyce and he often used Joyce's stream-of-consciousness technique. He admired Joyce's experimental use of language, as seen in his novel Visions of Cody, which uses an unconventional narrative as well as a multiplicity of authorial voices.
Here you can find a PDF presentation on this controversial American novelist and his most famous book, On the Road.
Thursday, 7 June 2018
The Aesthetic movement began in France with Théophile Gautier at the end of the 19th century. It was a reaction against the materialism and the strict moral code of the bourgeoisie during the Victorian Age. Read here.
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Thursday, 31 May 2018
American poet, essayist, and journalist Walt Whitman was born on 31 May 1819. His verse collection "Leaves of Grass" is a landmark in the history of American literature. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Read here.
“We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering ... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love ... these are what we stay alive for.”
Sunday, 27 May 2018
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
American lyric poet died on 15 May 1886. She lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision. With Walt Whitman, she is widely considered to be one of the two leading 19th-century American poets. Only 10 of Emily Dickinson’s nearly 1,800 poems are known to have been published in her lifetime. Devoted to private pursuits, she sent hundreds of poems to friends and correspondents while apparently keeping the greater number to herself. Continue reading here.