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.

Friday, 12 May 2017

THE JAZZ AGE

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The Jazz Age was a period in the 1920s, ending with the Great Depression, in which jazz music and dance styles became popular, mainly in the United States, but also in Britain, France and elsewhere. Jazz originated in New Orleans as a fusion of African and European music and played a significant part in wider cultural changes in this period, and its influence on pop culture continued long afterwards. Read here.
In the 1920s America – known as the Jazz Age, the Golden Twenties or the Roaring Twenties – everybody seemed to have money.  Read here.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

MODERNISM

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The Modernist Period in English literature occupied the years from shortly after the beginning of the 20th century through roughly 1965. In broad terms, the period was marked by sudden and unexpected breaks with traditional ways of viewing and interacting with the world.
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Here you can find an overview of the 20th century.
Click here to read about Modernism.

Monday, 1 May 2017

MAY


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"Fast fading violets cover'd up in leaves;
And mid-May's eldest child,
The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine,
The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves."
John Keats

Sunday, 30 April 2017

MY SUNDAY MOVIE - MRS DALLOWAY


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Here you can read a review of the movie.

"Clarissa had a theory in those days . . . that since our apparitions, the part of us which appears, are so momentary compared with the other, the unseen part of us, which spreads wide, the unseen might survive, be recovered somehow attached to this person or that, or even haunting certain places after death . . . perhaps—perhaps."

Sunday, 23 April 2017

SHAKESPEARE IN THE CLASSROOM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE!

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According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564. It is impossible to be certain of the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptised on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptising a newborn. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1^C LINGUISTICO

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Beauty and the Beast  is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740. 
A widowed merchant lives in a mansion with his six children, three sons and three daughters. All his daughters are very beautiful, but the youngest, Beauty, is the most lovely, as well as kind, well-read, and pure of heart; while the two elder sisters, in contrast, are wicked, selfish, vain, and spoiled. 
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