This is the presentation I made together with Francesca Costamagna, Tota Lupi and Sofia Montoya about the poem Christina Rosetti wrote “I Dream Of You To Wake”
During a Language class, our teacher asked to look up for synonyms of different vocabulary to describe peoples physical descriptions, and others. Working with Tota Lupi, Fran Costamagna and Juan Cruz Subira, this is the work we accomplished.
Pair work: choose 2 pictures and write a description connecting them. I worked with Fran Costamagna and Juan Subira.
-Describe the places in detail
-Describe the situation (use your imagination) and the feelings of the people.
-Think about the mood.
My week in Bariloche was the best week of my year. When I left I didn’t realize that I was going to miss on a lot of important events at work. I got back from my trip at down on Monday. I decided that it would be best if I stopped missing out on my work, and went straight from the airport to my office. As I walked down the corridor all my coworkers came out to salute me and ask about my trip, I think they envied that I had been on vacation for the hardest working week of the year and that made me feel good in a way. When I finally got to my office, and got to see the enormous pile of work waiting for me, I could feel how my body contracted with pain, and my partners laughed at me.
The first thing I did was pour myself some coffee to wake me up and then I sat down and started thelongest day of work. I was so tired that I layed my head on my arms on top of all the
papers scattered around my desk to rest my eyes for a few minutes. As I closed my eyes I travelled back to bariloche and my skis. The cold wind blew on top of the mountain and the sun bathed my face with warmth. As I slide through the mountain and slid though the soft and newly fallen snow from the previous night all I could feel was joy. Nothing could concern me at the top of the mountain. The mountain was so peaceful, unlike the office were everyone is running from one place to the other, trying to get things done as quickly as possible.
I jumped from my desk as a partner shouted to me, I had fallen asleep and been caught right after arriving from a week of holidays, not a good impression the one I made that day at work.
After reading the story, let´s work on the following ideas
- What prevents Parvez from communicating directly with his son?
He is afraid of confronting him, and finds it easier to find the answers on his friends, who speculate on possible situations that the son might be going through, which results in the worst. They prejudge him.
- What is Parvez’s dream for Ali’s future?
He wishes his son to become an accountant to fulfill his bigger dream that is to fit in the English society.
- How would you describe the personality of the following characterize:
self-centered, cares a lot of image or reputation, idealistic, doesn’t have a paternal image, etc.
b. Ali: fundamentalist, able to do anything in order to transmit his religious beliefs, even sacrificing his life and other innocent ones.
c. Bettina: She is a prostitute, who tries to help and give advice although she doesn’t have children. She interferes in Parvez and Ali relationship which might not be the best option, as it weakened their relations.
- How would you describe the following relationships?
a. Parvez and Ali at the beginning of the story: They are strangers. They live under the same roof but barely know each other. Parvez had an idealistic son but Ali showed him that he was not who he thought.
b. Parvez and Ali at the end of the story: They finally revealed their true self of each other and derived in a serious conflict, which even involved violence.
d. Parvez and Bettina: They support each other and provide company and advice. They also were involved in a sexual relationship.
e. Parvez and his coworkers: They do not have enough confidence to show themselves as they really are, and have a superficial relationship.
f. Parvez and his wife: We don’t know anything about their relationships. They don’t share anything more than a son, to whom they didn’t have a relationship either.
5.What advice does Bettina give Parvez?
To talk to him, listen and find the true side of him. Understand his teenage mind, who is going through a temporary face in his life that with time will go away.
6.What memory from Pakistan haunts Parvez?
It is a memory about his childhood when he went to school where they forced to learn the Koran, even when tiredness conquered them. This strict and insistent measures made him walk away of any type of religion.
7. What rules does Ali criticize Parvez for breaking?
Drinking alcohol & eating meat
8.Why does Parvez like England?
Because they have access to anything they want there, and doesn’t have to follow any religious beliefs that condition their lives.
9. Why does Ali hate London?
Because he believes that western education cultivates an anti-religious attitude.
- What was the “last straw” that led Parvez to violence?
When, after having excessively drunk, goes to Ali’s room and finds him praying, after all that have happened.
- What does Ali mean in the last line of the story?
By saying that, he intends to say that he is no lo reveals the truth. He was not the only fanatic. His father was also a fanatic of the Englishmen. Who hit their children when they do something they do not agree with, or they disobey their parents.
Complete the plot diagram online
Finally, choose one of the following tasks to write between 450 and 600 words
a. write a different ending of the story.
b. write a letter to Parvez showing empathy.
c. write the story from the point of view of the mother.
Always take into account context, culture and traditions!!
Task 1 and 2 must be posted in your blog and can be solved in pairs.
Task 3 is individual and must be handed in on Friday May 4 (on paper)
With Fran Costamagna and Tota Lupi we created this quiz for our classmates to practice on connectors. Here is the link to our quiz.
Before reading the poem, do research on John Milton
-What kind of writer was he? Explain.
John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English metaphysical poet, polemicist, man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.
Metaphysical poet, any of the poets in 17th-century England who inclined to the personal and intellectual complexity and concentration. Their work is a blend of emotion and intellectual ingenuity, characterized by conceit or “wit”. Metaphysical poetry is less concerned with expressing feeling than with analyzing it, with the poet exploring the recesses of his consciousness. The boldness of the literary devices used—especially obliquity, irony, and paradox—are often reinforced by a dramatic directness of language and by rhythms derived from that of living speech.
Milton’s poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime
-He wrote Paradise Lost. What is it about?
In 1667, he published Paradise Lost in 10 volumes. It is considered his greatest work and the greatest epic poem written in English. The free-verse poem tells the story of how Satan tempted Adam and Eve, and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. In 1671, he published Paradise Regained, in which Jesus overcomes Satan’s temptations, and Samson Agonistes, in which Samson first succumbs to temptation and then redeems himself. A revised, 12-volume version of Paradise Lost was published in 1674.
-Now, read the poem and say what you understand from it using your own words. (work on vocabulary)
Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray
Had in her sober livery all things clad;
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night longer her amorous descant sung:
Silence was now pleased. Now glowed the firmament
With living Saphirs; Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,
And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw;
When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort, the hour
Of night, and all things now retired to rest
Mind us of like repose; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive, and the timely dew of sleep,
Now falling with soft slumberous weight, inclines
Our eye-lids. Other creatures all day long
Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest;
Man hath his daily work of body or mind
Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heaven on all his ways;
While other animals unactive range,
And of their doings God takes no account.
Tomorrow, ere fresh morning streak the east
With first approach of light, we must be risen,
And at our pleasant labour, to reform
Yon flowery arbours, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manuring, and require
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth.
Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,
That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,
Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease.
John Milton (1608-1674)
The poem is an extract from the epic poem ʼParadise Lost’ where Milton explores Adam and Eve’s spectacular mucking up of a lifetime in paradise, while also giving us his insight into the primordial war between God and Satan.
In this section, we are presented with a resplendent image of dusk, which in its majesty calms and soothes the world to sleep. Milton’s Adam reflects upon the nature of day and night and basically tells us that we need to enjoy our slumber as in the day we need to be working hard to maintain the perfection of God’s creation.
As well as giving us a reflection upon this specific part of the Bible, there is a general message that permeates about how we should live our lives.
Vocabulary: livery: a special uniform worn by a servant, an official, or a member of a City Company. grassy: covered with grass. clad: archaic or literary past participle of clothe. slink (slunk): move smoothly and quietly nightingale: migratory birds of Europe, noted for the melodious song of the male, given chiefly at night during the breeding season. descant: firmament: the vault of heaven; sky. Hesperus – another name for Venus (the planet); peerless: consort: slumberous: idle: yonder: scant: lop: wanton: bestrew: riddance:
“The first 12 lines show an analogy between Evening and Paradise” Account for this.
The first 12 lines show an analogy between evening and paradise. The writes expresses that night is beautiful, it’s the time when you rest, when you are at peace. This description of the night is used to explain heaven, paradise. Both have similar features, such as resting, being at peace, being beautiful, and so the explanation of the evening is used to compare and explain heaven too; that’s why it is said to be an analogy.
Semantic field: “Day/Night – Nature – Jewels”. Quote to prove this.
-Day/night: “twiglight” “lightingale” “moon” “dark” “wakeful” “silence” “descant”
-Nature: “lightingale” “beast” “bird” “nests”
_Jewelry: “sapphires” “glowed” “hesperus” “brightest” “majesty”
Find at least three literary devices and explain the imapct on the reader. Why are they used?
- Enjambent is used to catch the reader’s attention, to keep him trapped and following the poem until the end.
- There is a very powerful analogy in the poem. There is an analogy between sleep and death. The poet is using the “night”, the “rest”, “noon” to explain a greater thing, heaven, death and afterlife. This is made because sometimes, to explain such a great and complex topic as death, it’s better to use analogies with normal, daily thing such as sleeping.
- Personification is also used in the poem. “Silence was now pleased.”. In this line we can see that there is a personification. SIlence is givene human characteristics, silence cannot be pleased.
Is the scene just protrayed as a peaceful natural scene? Could this also be a funeral scene? Account for your answers.
In my opinion, it can be seen from both point of views, since an analogy is made. The peacful natural scene could be sleeping, that could also be accositaed with death. But, now, it depends on what do you think when you think about a funeral scene. Aren’t funerals natural scenes? I think that they completely are because we are all surely going to die so it’s natural. Aren’t funerals peaceful? In my opinion they also are, maybe the person that died was suffering from a horrible disease and now she is in rest, finally tranquil.
“light” “fresh morning” “labour” “eyelids” “retire” “risen” “work”
During our Language class we read a short story “Living Spaces” by Bonnie Benjamin, who writes about a flashback from when she was nine and had to move homes, because the house where her family was living was caving in on them.
I really enjoyed reading about Bonnie’s childhood. She convyed the hard process of moving very clearly to me. I also had to experience this process few years ago, and although it is excting and intriguing to wonder what your life may turn out to be, it also makes you feel out of place and sometimes disappointed, as it was her case, when she met the kids in the new neighbourhood, who mistreated her and called them names.
What I realised in this sotry is that we can never expect things to go as we want them to. There is always going to be something that will makes us regreat the choices we have made, but it is up to us to face them and not allow them to disrupt our happiness. In the end Bonnie decides to stand for herself and her sisters, as should we all, we must never allow anyones or anything to bring us down.
During this term in Language we have been seeing Ghost stories and Gothic Novels. We have read a few gothic novels and some ghost stories, and we were given teh assignment to write our own and also to make a podcast with the story we had written. Here are my story and podcast.
The first time I experienced the supernatural was during my senior year. I used to take the bus home everyday and when I didn’t I walked home through the main avenue, I could also walk through the hill, but it scared me. When class started I joined the school band, and stayed once a week for late practice. Those days my mom would come and pickme up from school so I wouldn’t walk home alone.
Once our band had stayed late for practice, and my mom couldn’t come to pick me up. I decided to cross the hill, which would take ten minutes less than walking down the main road. There is always one night of the year that turns out to be the longest and coldest of them all, I believe it was that night. It was so cold that as I exhaled I could see my own breath in white smoke. It was a very steep slope, so I had to work hard to get to the top of the hill. I hadn’t realised how intense the fog had become, I could barely see my own feet. It also became darker, so I started to walk faster. Suddenly a cold shiver went from the top of my head all the way through my back and ended in my toes. I could see the fog moving, as if someone was walking next to me. The dew was so intense I slipped in the grass and knocked my head hard. Suddenly I felt as if I were falling asleep, my eyes started to slowly close and I had no control over my body. My vision became blurry. Suddenly I felt a certain cold on my hands, as if someone was trying to lift me up. I couldn’t hear myself think, I repeated to myself not to fall asleep. My body got colder, and the night became darker. Suddenly I closed my eyes completely. I felt the apparitions move around my paralysed body. I did not feel scared at all. Again I could feel its hands trying to lift me, trying to help me, and all I could wonder was why?
I always had believed that ghosts, and all the supernatural creatures are here to haunt us, and do evil things to us, but it had never crossed my mind that they could try to help us.
During our Language class we have been reading and analysing Gothic Novels. We read three different stories of the same genre and analysed them in different groups, we also made a presentation on the vocabulary and expressions used in these stories.