To The Evening Star

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Thou fair-hair’d angel of the evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves, and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And then the lion glares through the dun forest:
The fleeces of our flock are cover’d with
Thy sacred dew: protect them with thin influence!

William Blake (1757-1827)

The poem is written in the form of an Ode, addressing the evening star that
appears when the sun sets in the evening. The poet seems to be overwhelmed by
the divine beauty of the evening star and he goes on to bestow encomia upon
Venus addressing it as if she would bring good luck and benediction upon the poet
and the rest of the earthlings. The overflowing of his passionate and emotionally
charged language is full of metaphors “thou fair-haired angle” etc…… The poet
seems to be ecstatic over her graceful appearance and it looks as if he has been
longing for her emergence for long. The tired and battered souls of people during
the day time are refreshed and rejuvenated by her divine power and mystic
beauty. Replacing harsh and tormenting sun that beat the world during the
daytime with the graceful balmy ambiance entailed with the emergence of the
evening star seems to have brought a soothing effect upon the poet. But he
realizes that it is very temporary and soon when the night falls she disappears into
the darkness of the night leaving the poet and the others in danger “soon full soon
dost thou withdraw”

To The Evening Star by  William Blake (presentation by Luli Giambruni)

An assignment for you to work on

Answer the questions in the form of a poster and post it in your blog. Illustrate the poem with photos.

1) How does the poet address the evening star?
2) What does the poet mean by the blue curtains of the sky?
3) How does the poet say that the ambiance in the night is very calm and quiet?
4) What poetic technique does the poet use to highlight the change of darkness into silver?
5) How does the poet indicate that the evening star appears only for a short period of time?
6) What words indicate the poet’s uncertainty and fear when the star disappears?v

Evening in Paradise

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: a melody or counterpoint accompanying a simple musical 
themeand usually written above it.

firmament: the vault of heaven; sky.

Hesperus – another name for Venus (the planet);

peerless: having no equal; matchless; unrivaled.

consort: a husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch.

slumberous: causing or inducing sleep. 

idle: not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing. 

yonder: being the more distant or farther. 

scant: not abundant. 

lop: to cut off from a tree or other plant.

wanton: done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably. 

bestrew: to lie scattered over. 

riddance: relief or deliverance from something.

Task 1

“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.

Task 2

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”

TASK 3

Find at least three literary devices and explain the imapct on the reader. Why are they used?

  1. Enjambent is used to catch the reader’s attention, to keep him trapped and following the poem until the end.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

TASK 4

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.

Task 5

“light” “fresh morning” “labour” “eyelids” “retire” “risen” “work”

Living space

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.

Ghost Story Podcast

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.

Supernatural Aid

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. 

Ghost stories

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.


 

Benjamin Zephania’s Book “Face”

During our Language, after finishing, the novel “Face” by Benjamin Zephaniah, we analysed some parts of the books and imagined others. Working with Clari and Chopa, here is what we did. There are problems witht he website, and we cannot post images.

Activity 1

After having read the novel, think of the book cover . Which of these two covers do you think is more functional to the story and why? Write a short paragraph 80-100 words explaining the pros and cons of each cover.

We think,the one of the edition we are reading is better for the book. Is more appropriate to achieve the effect the descriptions inside the book give about the main character after his accident. The other one, to us, represents only Matin and his attitude before the accident because someone with a hood on seems more rebel than a person without one. Also the second cover looks more catchy than the first one because it doesn’t reveal how his face looked after the accident so let us the possibility to imagine it.

Activity 2

Describe the characters as accurate as you can. Finally, choose a picture that illustrates the appearance of these three boys. Post the pictures in your blog together with the analysis of the characters.

Martin Turner: Martin Turner is the protagonist of this story. He changes as much on the inside as on the outside after he is involved in a car accident that leaves his face severely disfigured after it burns. Before the crash he was a smug and a racist boy.

Natalie: She is the girlfriend of Martin, but they were together for appearances, she wanted to be popular. She’s an independent girl but also the most racist. After the accident all the interest she had for being with Martin, just because of this face, disappeared.

Matthew:  He’s one of Martin’s best friends, but instead of being so bold like Martin he is more curious and careful with the things they do, and he did not do what he knew was not okay, getting in the car like Mark and Martin.

Activity
Find a song that well represents in your opinion any of the teachings or messages present in Face. Post the link to your song in your blog together with a brief paragraph explaining why you have chosen it and the connection you believe it has with Face.

The song we chose is “Count On Me” By Bruno Mars. We chose this song because we think it represents Martin’s and Anthony’s friendship best, Anthony was always there for Martin, and so was he.

https://youtu.be/4JNtAtGGNRU