Wednesday, 27 February 2019

THE VICTORIAN AGE - 5^C LINGUISTICO

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During the Victorian era, Britain could claim to be the world's superpower, despite social inequality at home and developing industrial rivals overseas. Read here.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI - 5^C LINGUISTICO

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La Belle Dame sans Merci  is a narrative poem telling the story of a traveler encountering a pale, sickly, melancholy knight. Read here.
La Belle Dame Sans Merci deals with supernatural elements. The woman that the knight falls in love with is described as a "faery's child". Read here.
La Belle Dame Sans Merci is Keats’ life and emotions set into verse. It is a story of unrequited love, illness, and the impossibility of being with whom one cares for when they are from different social classes. Read here.


Saturday, 23 February 2019

COMMEMORATING JOHN KEATS


"If I should die," said I to myself, "I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered."

John Keats died in Rome at just 25 years old  on 23rd February 1821. His grave is notable in that his name is not written anywhere on it. Believing he was dying unknown and forgotten he instead requested it say “Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water.”

Friday, 15 February 2019

REVISING LORD BYRON - 5^C LINGUISTICO

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Lord Byron was the ideal the Romantic poet whose poetry and personality captured the imagination of Europe. Renowned as the “gloomy egoist” of his autobiographical poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812–18) in the 19th century, he is now more generally esteemed for the satiric realism of Don Juan (1819–24).  Read here.               

He created the concept of the "Byronic hero" - a rebellious, moody, melancholy young man, brooding on some mysterious, unforgivable event in his past. Byron's influence on European poetry, music, novel, opera, and painting has been immense, although the poet was widely condemned on moral grounds by his contemporaries.


Saturday, 9 February 2019

A JANE AUSTEN DOCUMENTARY

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I have just found a documentary about Jane Austen. It is absolutely perfect!  



Read here about film adaptations of Jane Austen's novels.

Friday, 1 February 2019

FEBRUARY

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"Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow."
R. H. Newell