Sonnet 18 : Inversion

Our teacher told us to look up for  a poem or a song that contains inversión on it. This is Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

The Berlin Blockade, 1948-9

The consequences of the Berlin blockade were far reaching and were to dominate European politics for the next forty years. Pesident Truman was under no illusion that the Blockade had been a test of strength, designed by Stalin to see whether the West would resist and whether the USA would stand behind the Truman doctrine.

Due to the importance of the Blockade it’s important that we do not miss any of the elements that contributed to the crisis to finally be able to fully understand the impact of the crisis.

Below is a selection of the videos you provided that discuss the Crisis.

Using the material in your videos complete the chart and answer the question in the pdf below.

Superpower Relations – the Cold War – The Berlin Blockade

The Berlin Blockade – QUESTIONS

Descripted Writing

      Descriptive Writing

 

Choose one of the following places and write a description about it. 200 words. Use the vocabulary studied in class.

      While I was walking on the green grass full of little yellowish flowers, I can see how the huge mountains surround the house which seems to lured people from the outside.

        Mountains are covered with old green trees. Also the summit of the mountains are all completely covered by white snow. The air became cold as you walk closer to mountains where it comes down because of the sun which shines on the frozen white snow. Moreover, from the ground it can also be seen the rocky mountain with a grayish color as all the set of highlands.

      

      However, the mansion is surrounded by the intensive and cloudless sky, the natural green trees and the mountains. The residence, is full of brown and gray colors, caused by the nature sensation that it is also combined with the different shades of green. The house makes you feel relax by the cold sensation of air that comes from the mountains.

 

Project Work: Poem

In the language class we have learnt how to write a description of a place and we have been writing several of them. We wrote the last description in pairs, and I worked with Trinidad Ines Porretti. We had to choose a picture of a touristic place of our city/neighbourhood and describe it. Then our literature teacher asked us to write a poem about the place we had picked for our description, which in our case was the Recoleta Cemetery. I wrote the poem with Trinidad Porretti and Juana Zufriategui. Here I leave the description and the poem:

       Located in the prestigious neighborhood of Recoleta, Buenos Aires lies the widely known Recoleta Cemetery. This cemetery is often characterized as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

       This eerie charming cemetery contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentinian government. The entrance to the cemetery is through neoclassical gates with huge columns. The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic. The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums.

            Nowadays, these mausoleums are still being used by rich families in Argentina that have their own vaults and keep their deceased there. While many of the mausoleums are in fine shape and well-maintained, others have fallen into disrepair. Several can be found with broken glass and littered with rubbish. This contributes to the gloomy and phantasmagorical aura of this site. It’s antique architecture is beautiful, which is one of the reasons why the cemetery attracts so many visitors. Moreover, there is more to this place than it’s architecture. Beyond it’s walls there’s a big historical background with a huge significance.

       To conclude, the Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most important attractions offered in the city of Buenos Aires. Not only is it’s architecture fascinating, but also it’s history is tremendously appealing. If you visit Buenos Aires, you must visit the cemetery. I can assure you won’t regret it.            

Poem:

Of Cricket and White Hair

Rohinton Mistry’s Of White Hairs and Cricket: Narration and Point of View

The short story ‘Of White Hairs and Cricket’ by Rohinton Mistry (b. 1952 – ) is one of the Firozsha Baag stories from his collection of short stories Tales from the Firozsha Baag  published 1987. It is an early work and evocatively captures what life was like growing up in a Parsi apartment complex in Mumbai, India (then known as Bombay).

In Of White Hairs and Cricket, I will be focusing on Mistry’s narrative strategy as far as type of narration and point of view.

The ‘official’ first-person narrator is a 14-year-old boy – the second son in a family consisting of the father, mother, maternal grandmother and two sons (Percy, a college student, and the narrator). Because the story is narrated in the first person, everything in the story, except the dialogue, is presented and filtered through the narrator’s point of view. This pattern of immature point of view (limited point of view) expressed in the register of a mature narrator occurs throughout the story.

The writer wants to show that the narrator-protagonist is maturing and beginning to assert an identity of his own while, simultaneously, expressing an understanding/realisation of the process of aging and mortality.

Task 1: Questions

  1. Explore this story as a story of coming of age (rite of passage). Especially focus on: unawareness to awareness.
  2. The boy has to come to terms with the passing of time and the loss involved. Focus: cricket matches and the boy’s dad.
  3. Later in the story, the boy starts to mature and changes his perspective of life. Focus on: infinitude vs finitude and fantasy vs reality.
  4. Explore the specular moment and the 2 epiphanies the boy has.
  5. Explore the significance of the title.

The following presentations will help you

Rite of Passage in the story

These 2 videos will also help you

 

Task 2: Essay writing: choose an option to write between 250 and 350 words

  1. How does the writer deal with the subject of mortality and acceptance of the pure reality in the story “Of White Hairs and Cricket”?
  2.  “Of White Hairs and Cricket” portrays the emotional difficulty of a young boy when he sees his father as a mortal being.
  3. Comment closely on how the writer of the story “Of White Hairs and Cricket” depicts the boy coming of age.
  4. Explore how the writer of “Of White hairs and Cricket” deals with the passing of time.

 

Lion Heart by Amanda chong : Analysis

Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained in Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems on her lunch breaks. A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus.

She is interested in exploring themes of gender and power in both her poetry and academic writing, which has been published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.

Amanda is somewhat of a prodigy who wrote her first poem in kindergarten. By 16, she had a poem – Lion Heart – engraved on the steps of the entrance to the Helix Bridge.

Before reading the poem find out what the merlion stands for

Resultado de imagen para singapore merlion

Resultado de imagen para singapore merlion

Lionheart

You came out of the sea,
skin dappled scales of sunlight;
Riding crests, waves of fish in your fists.
Washed up, your gills snapped shut.
Water whipped the first breath of your lungs,
Your lips’ bud teased by morning mists.

You conquered the shore, its ivory coast.
Your legs still rocked with the memory of waves.
Sinews of sand ran across your back-
Rising runes of your oceanic origins.
Your heart thumped- an animal skin drum
heralding the coming of a prince.

In the jungle, amid rasping branches,
trees loosened their shadows to shroud you.
The prince beheld you then, a golden sheen.
Your eyes, two flickers; emerald blaze
You settled back on fluent haunches;
The squall of a beast. your roar, your call.

In crackling boats, seeds arrived, wind-blown,
You summoned their colours to the palm
of your hand, folded them snugly into loam,
watched saplings swaddled in green,
as they sunk roots, spawned shade,
and embraced the land that embraced them.

Centuries, by the sea’s pulmonary,
a vein throbbing humming bumboats – 
your trees rise as skyscrapers.
Their ankles lost in swilling water,
as they heave themselves higher
above the mirrored surface.

Remember your self: your raw lion heart,
Each beat a stony echo that washes
through ribbed vaults of buildings.

Remember your keris, iron lightning
ripping through tentacles of waves,
double-edged, curved to a point-

flung high and caught unsheathed, scattering
five stars in the red tapestry of your sky.

Amanda Chong (1989-)

Mini Glossary
Dappled – spotty;
Sinews – the tissue connecting muscle and bone;
Runes – a type of lettering from old Germanic languages;
Squall – a sudden and violent gust of wind;
Pulmonary – a vein that transports deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs;
Keris – the curved sword from the Singaporean flag.

Task 1: Let´s discuss the poem together

Task 2: Watch the videos and prepare a poster which includes the following:

-Structure

-Who is speaking?

-Did you note any descriptions? For each image, name the sense that is being appealed to.

-What is the theme?

-Literary devices? Effect?

-Symbols?

-Personal opinion on the poem

Web Tools to create posters

Tool 1

Tool 2

Tool 3

Tool 4

Task3  Read the following essay on the poemIGCSE essay on Lionheart 

Do you agree? Is there anything you would add? Leave a comment in the blog.

Task 4 Write an essay (250-350 words)Due Date: Tuesday 10

This poem proudly describes Singapore. The poet cleverly uses the Merlion to symbolize the magnificence and pride of her home country. Comment closely on this.

This mindmap may help you.

History´s Presentation

In our history class, we were divided into different groups to prepare presentations about the causes which lead to ww2. My topic was The Rhineland, I worked with Matias Ripoll and Juan Elia and. This is our presentation:

 

Other presentations:

The Sudetenland, 1938

The Spanish Civil War. 1926

Rearmament

The Saar Plesbicite

The Anschluss with Austria

The Nazi Soviet Pact