Task 1: She was called “the feminist Victorian writer”. Do some research and tell me why. (write answers in your folder to be discussed later)
Task 2: Poem
If Thou Must Love Me
If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love’s sake only. Do not say I love her for her smile … her look … her way Of speaking gently, … for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’— For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought, May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,— A creature might forget to weep, who bore Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! But love me for love’s sake, that evermore Thou may’st love on, through love’s eternity.
Listen to the poem
Task 3:What is the poem about? Watch the video and read the webpage. Take notes of background, themes, tones, literary devices used to put meaning across and structure.
This webpage will also help you to understand the poem
Make notes about her life and about what may have influenced her writings. Why is it said that the life of the writer was a tragedy?
2. Read the poem: how are “rooms” described?
3. Read the following quotation: “The poem offers us a poignant account of loss as qualified through the depiction of abandoned rooms. Rooms are the physical means to which relationships are developed and consecrated. It entails intimacy and love, as well as abandon and death. It shelters individuals, as well as couples, from the harshness of the natural elements outside, providing them with a private and cosy space. There is also a sense of shifting dependence as the couples travel from room to room, leaving their trails behind and simultaneously having images of the abandoned rooms imprinted upon their memories.”
Account for this with quotations from the poem
4. What is the theme in your opinion? What is the tone?
5. This video will help you understand the poem a bit more!! Watch it and then explain the poem with your own words.
7. Here another poem in connection to “rooms”. Read the poem and say if you agree or disagree with the following idea:
‘Home is so Sad’ by Philip Larkin is a touching ten-line poem that describes what happens to a home when people begin to leave it behind.
Give reasons for your answer (which lines of the poem justify your opinion?
Home is so Sad by Philip Larkin
Home is so sad. It stays as it was left, Shaped to the comfort of the last to go As if to win them back. Instead, bereft Of anyone to please, it withers so, Having no heart to put aside the theft
And turn again to what it started as, A joyous shot at how things ought to be, Long fallen wide. You can see how it was: Look at the pictures and the cutlery. The music in the piano stool. That vase.
8. Here a presentation to help you understand the poem a bit more!! Then, answer the questions below the presentation.
What calls you attention about this poem? Mention 3 literary devices used by the writer. Why are they significant in the poem?
9. Take a picture of your favourite ROOM at home. Describe it and say why you like it. Is there anything you would change? What? Why? (100 words)
Point of view is the “eye” or narrative voice through which you tell a story. When you write a story, you must decide who is telling the story, and to whom they are telling it. The story could be told by a character who is involved in the story, or from a perspective that sees and knows all of the characters but is not one of them.
Example from a story we have read: The Fall of the House of Usher
First Person Narrator: is he reliable?
The narrator is nameless, which suggests that his principal job is to narrate. We don’t know much about him, and our attention is drawn instead to the strangeness going down in the House of Usher; it’s the narrator’s place to take us on a tour of the Mansion de Fear.
The narrator acts as a pair of eyes observing the goings on within the Usher house, where Roderick and Madeleine have been living solitary and in suffering. As the childhood friend of Roderick Usher, the narrator is able to detail the changes in Roderick, and to report on and, to an extent, tend to Roderick as the supernatural events of the story play out.
At the start, he seems to be a reliable narrator. As the story goes on, and as he is drawn further and further into Usher’s insanity, he becomes unreliable.
The narrator tells us the story, he orders Roderick’s narrative and mediates between reality and insanity.
In the end, the narrator is the only witness of the fall of the house of Usher.
Activity: In groups, prepare a presentation using slides or canva, or any other tool you feel comfortable with. -Include between 10 and 12 literary figures/devices. -Write the definition and minimum one example (use pictures to illustrate some of them)
The students in language and Literature observed some works of art and choose the ones that inspired them to write a picture story.
Congratulations on your learning process!! You have sucessfully written insightful stories and applied literary devices.
It was awesome how you, without even noticing transmitted all your feelings during this lockdown to your writings. The predominant themes were: entrapment, freedom, prisoner of our mind, oppression, time, relationships, darkness and finally HOPE. All these themes can be connected to living with COVID-19, don’t you think?
Remember these 4 stages mean: –Collect:Take a look at all the activities we have worked on –Select: choose an activity and copy-paste it –Reflect: Follow the questions to help you reflect (but do not include the questions, they are just a guide) –Share: post it in your blog
Questions to guide your reflection What did you learn? (Explain the activity and include it in the post) Did you give your best effort on this assignment? Were the strategies, skills and procedures you used effective for this assignment? Did this activity help you learn more than others we’ve done? Why? Were you prepared to learn (in both your attitude and with all your supplies)? What are some things you did really well on this assignment? If you could do this assignment over, what would you do differently? What resources/abilities do you have that can help you learn new material? What class activities or assignments help you learn the most? What do you believe the teacher could have done differently to help you learn this objective easier? What’s one thing the teacher did for this objective that you really liked? If any? How can you prove to the teacher you know the objective?
It is very important to reflect on the way you learn to set objectives to learn better in the future. If you know what to do to be able to learn in a more favourable way, you’ll achieve better results.