Friday, 23 June 2017

II PROVA SCRITTA ESAMI DI STATO

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Yesterday my students of  5^C and 5^D  Liceo Linguistico  took an English test on the day of their II Prova Scritta.
It included a text analysis and a composition, but they could choose among four different articles. All of them were rather thought-provoking and somewhat difficult.
You can download them here.


Friday, 16 June 2017

BLOOMSDAY

A journey through James Joyce’s Dublin

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulyssesset on 16 June 1904, are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin.  
James Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora BarnacleThe name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses.
Let's take a journey through James Joyce's Dublin and the events of Bloomsday here.



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Monday, 12 June 2017

FEVER PITCH

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Read Nick Hornby's autobiographical essay here.
It is the story of the author's relationship with football and with Arsenal Football Club, above all. It is composed of several chapters in chronological order, from the time the author first became a football fan as a child until his early thirties. Each chapter is about a particular football match that he remembers watching, most but not all at Highbury Stadium, and how it related to the events that were going on with his personal life at the time. As well as relating Arsenal's highs and lows, Nick Hornby talks about other football clubs that played in London.
You can find a detailed analysis of the book here.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

JUNE

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"The summer morn is bright and fresh,
the birds are darting by
As if they loved to breast the breeze 
that sweeps the cool clear sky."
William C. Bryant

Thursday, 25 May 2017

A FATHER'S ADVICE TO HIS SON

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William Shakespeare’s timeless words speak across generations and cultures. In HamletI, iii, Polonius  gives some paternal advice to his son Laertes before he leaves for France.  All the advice is good, but the best comes at the end,  “To thine own self be true”  - be a man of honor and integrity, live life in a way that consent to you to look at yourself in the mirror and not be ashamed. Read here and here.

Friday, 19 May 2017

FUNERAL BLUES

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W. H. Auden’s poem "Stop all the clocks" – also sometimes known as "Funeral Blues" – is a poem so famous and universally understood that perhaps it is unnecessary to offer much in the way of textual analysis. Continue reading here.


Monday, 15 May 2017

REVISING WILFRED OWEN

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Here you can find my previous post on Wilfred Owen, an English poet whose work was characterised by his anger at the cruelty and waste of war, which he experienced during service on the Western Front.





Sunday, 14 May 2017

THE UNKNOWN CITIZEN

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(To JS/07 M 378
This Marble Monument
Is Erected by the State)
He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a
   saint,
For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.
Except for the War till the day he retired
He worked in a factory and never got fired,
But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.
Yet he wasn't a scab or odd in his views,
For his Union reports that he paid his dues,
(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)
And our Social Psychology workers found
That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day
And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.
Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,
And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured.
Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare
He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan
And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,
A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.
Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace:  when there was war, he went.
He was married and added five children to the population,
Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his
   generation.
And our teachers report that he never interfered with their
   education.
Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.


Here and here you can find a detailed analysis of this poem by W.H.Auden.