Rooms by Charlotte Mew

I remember rooms that have had their part

     In the steady slowing down of the heart.

The room in Paris, the room at Geneva,

The little damp room with the seaweed smell,

And that ceaseless maddening sound of the tide—

     Rooms where for good or for ill—things died.

But there is the room where we (two) lie dead,

Though every morning we seem to wake and might just as well seem to sleep again

     As we shall somewhere in the other quieter, dustier bed

     Out there in the sun—in the rain.

This poem focuses on the different types of love experienced in life and how they impact upon our lives. However, it ends with particular emphasis on the love realised with age and wisdom that puts all prior experiences in the shade.

Answer the following questions

1. Read about the writer.

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. In classroom, there is a video that explains the poem in detail. Watch it and then explain the poem with your own words.

6. Class Discussion

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The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection

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Virginia Woolf

After reading the story in class, answer the following questions. (Share a doc in classroom)

  1. Notice how the mirror in the first paragpraph is set up as the frame for a kind of a portrait.
  2. The unnamed narrator attempts to construct a portrait of the Isabella Tyson that consisits of her outer self and her inner self. The portrait is reflected in the objects inside and outside the house as they reflect in the mirror. Describe the images reflected in the mirror.
  3. What kind of contrast is there between the objects inside the house and outside the house, as they are reflected in the mirror?
  4. Describe how the narrator attempts to compose the portrait through the mood inside the room, through her own imagination, and through the presentation of Isabella in the mirror
  5. What are the known facts about Isabella’s outer self?
  6. What material objects inside and outside the house does the narrator use to imagine Isabella’s life?
  7. What are Isabella’s letters supposed to conceal, according to the narrator? What would one know if one could only read them?
  8. At the end of the story, according to the narrator, is it possible to know objectovely one’s inner reality?
  9. In this story Woolf questions whether the inner self of an individaul is finally knowable. What do you think is her conclusion? Provide support for your statement.
  10. What do you think is the role of the mirror in the story? How has the mirror been used as a metaphor in literature?
  11. Describe the charactersitics of this story that resemble stream-of-consciousness narrative technique.

Find a picture of a room inside and a garden to illustrate the house in the story

Read the following text. How is this related to the story?

 

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I Hear an Army

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I hear an army charging upon the land,   
  And the thunder of horses plunging, foam about their knees:   
Arrogant, in black armour, behind them stand,   
  Disdaining the reins, with fluttering whips, the charioteers.   
   
They cry unto the night their battle-name:        
  I moan in sleep when I hear afar their whirling laughter.   
They cleave the gloom of dreams, a blinding flame,   
  Clanging, clanging upon the heart as upon an anvil.   
   
They come shaking in triumph their long, green hair:   
  They come out of the sea and run shouting by the shore. 
My heart, have you no wisdom thus to despair?   
  My love, my love, my love, why have you left me alone?

By James Joyce. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1882. A major figure in avant-garde modernism and twentieth-century English literature, he is the author of Collected Poems (The Black Sun Press, 1936) and Ulysses (Shakespeare and Company, 1922), among others.

Task 1: Here you have some presentations that will help you understand the poem.

Task 2: Watch this video to learn about war poetry. Make a list of the most important characteristics of this literary movement. What do images show?Make connections with the poem you have read.

TASK 3: Prepare a video with images to show and describe what is going on in these beautifully written stanzas.

Example

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Senior 4 Project

Rojo, Amarillo y Lila Infografía de Procesos de patochujman
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Project: What is Love?

I have already shared my favourite love song with you. Now it is your turn.

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The C.R.A.A.P Test

The C.R.A.A.P. Test

Currency: the timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
  • Are the links functional?

Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
  • Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?

Authority: the source of the information

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • Are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author’s qualifications to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? Examples: .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government), .org (nonprofit organization), or .net (network)

Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content, and

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose: the reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?


Source: Meriam Library California State University, Chico

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Topics for the Literature Paper

Choose one option to write your paper.

A Brief Overview of British Literary Periods

Classical period: Electra by Sophocles

Romanticism: John keats (selected poetry)

Gothic: Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert L. Stevenson

Victorian period: The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

Modernism: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf or The Wasteland by T.S. Elliot

Postmodernism: The Crucible by A. Miller or Farenheit 451 by Bradbury

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Getting to know the Celts

The Celts were the first people in Britain.

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Othello Act 3 Scene 3

These are bit from a 1995 movie based on Othello by William Shakespeare.

Iago plants more doubts on Othello’s mind. Othello demands proof. THE HANDKERCHIEF

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The Kites are Flying: Context

The story is set in the West Bank, part of the occupied Palestinian territories. Since the
foundation of the state of Israel in 1948 there has been conflict between the Israelis and the
Palestinians over ownership of land. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced in
the fighting of 1948. Since 1967 the Israelis have occupied the West Bank and have built many
settlements in the occupied territory which are deemed to be illegal under international law. It is in the shadow of one of these settlements that Said and his family live.

Introducing the story 

This story is set in the West Bank, a part of the Middle East where there is conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. (Blog work)

-what do you think life might be like for children who are living in a war zone?

These videos may help you understand what is happening on the conflict zone.

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Israel is building a massive barrier in the West Bank. It is mostly a fence, but some of it is a concrete wall.

The Israeli government says the barrier helps prevent Palestinian suicide bombers travelling to Israeli cities to kill Israelis. It says it is only temporary and can be removed once a peace agreement is reached.

Palestinians say it is creating a new border and cutting into land they hope will form a future state of Palestine. They also say the barrier cuts through Palestinian villages and land, stopping farmers from getting to their land.

The United Nations and countries including America and the UK have said they don’t think the barrier is a good idea.

Part of Israel's West Bank barrier

World leaders are trying to help the Israelis and Palestinians to resolve their differences.

In 2003, international diplomats from the United Nations, America, the European Union and Russia came up with a plan for both sides called a ‘Road Map to Peace’.

This group of diplomats, which includes the UK government, say the only solution is an end to “the occupation that began in 1967”.

They say there should be two states – Israel and an independent state of Palestine – and it is in “the fundamental interests of the international community” to establish a “State of Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza”.

They also say Israel should stop building more settlements, and want all Palestinian groups to agree to stop attacking Israelis.

Head of a United Nations fact finding mission on the Gaza conflict, former South African judge Richard Goldstone
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Time Periods in Literature

We are going to do some research on Literary periods to understand writers and the literature that took place over different socio-historical eras.

Task 1: Read and investigate

Literary periods

Literary periods and movements

Task 2: Prepare a timeline using https://www.canva.com/templates/search/timeline-infographics/

Include the period, important characteristics and important writers and books (add some images)

Task 3: Which 3 periods do you like best? Explain why.

Submit your work in classroom

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The Thinkers of the Enlightenment

Let’s take a look at this presentation together and take notes of famous thinkers and their main idea.

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