Thursday, 12 July 2018


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“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


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"That beautiful season the Summer!
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
And the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Saturday, 23 June 2018


Extreme adjectives are words that mean extremely + adjective.
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Friday, 22 June 2018


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Here you can find a website which contains all sorts of short stories. Simply great! 

Thursday, 21 June 2018


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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 herejust in case you are curious!

Monday, 11 June 2018


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Here you can read about Jack Kerouac, a pioneer of the Beat Generation.  
His method was greatly influenced by the prolific explosion of Jazz, especially the Bebop genre established by Charlie Parker and others. Later, Kerouac included ideas he developed from his Buddhist studies. He often referred to his style as "spontaneous prose." Although his prose was spontaneous and supposedly without edits, he primarily wrote autobiographical novels based upon actual events from his life and the people with whom he interacted. An often overlooked literary influence on Kerouac was James Joyce, 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.

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Thursday, 7 June 2018


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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.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Thursday, 31 May 2018


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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.”

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Sunday, 27 May 2018


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Embracing formal innovations like stream-of-consciousness and narrative fragmentationVirginia Woolf’s writing expanded the boundaries of modern fiction, reshaping our ideas about the ability of the novel to represent ordinary life and record swift, historical change. “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall,” she advised, referring to her experimental prose capable of linking the apparently insignificant and immediate facts of daily life (shifts in mood, quotidian interactions, sensations, and judgements) to broader social events (war, patriarchy, technological developments, environmental transformations, and artistic renovations).
Read here.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


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American lyric poet Emily Dickinson 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.