“The Lady in the looking-glass”

We read the story called “The Lady in the looking-glass”, written by Virginia Woolf. This is a story of a woman that seems to be perfect and to have a perfect life. However, inside her house there is a mirror that framed Isabella’s personality. Through its reflection, we are able to see her true colours, how she really is.

At the end of the story, we found out that she was “perfectly empty”. The mirror is used as a kind of metaphor in which it compares the mirror itself and Isabella as they are very similar. The mirror is an object and so is Isabella. She is just a product of mankind. Isabella has been framed by society ever since she was created, and the mirror too. The mirror in this story it’s a motif that symbolizes what your real personality is and Virginia warns us that we may not like it. The mirror is used to criticize society, as it has been framed by men and Isabella too. Representing women in the 19th Century, Virginia illustrates how thoughtless, careless and feelingless Isabella is and blamed society for it for having created her that way.

 

After reading the story I prepared the following presentation to express my interpretations of the story.

 

 

 

“Home is So Sad” Song

Furthermore, I would like to add to my e-portfolio another activity on the poem called “Home is so Sad”, written by Philip Larkin

Home is so Sad

Philip Larkin, 19221985

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.

 

The fact that the poem starts saying “Home is So Sad”, makes reference to the fact that, for Larkin, they are uncomfortable. This contradicts normal houses, since they should be happy places. In this case they are not cosy, since he is talking about an abandoned house, that need attention from someone: “stays as it was left”. This exposes the fact that an abandoned house has nothing, since it can not be called home. The poet emphasizes this with the words “bereft” and “theft”, in order to express how lonely the house is plus the fact that it lost someone important.

The poet describes a house “with no heart”, since its an inhabited place. So when the ‘heart’ is removed from it, the humanity, the house has lost whatever makes it a ‘home’. So it is now empty. The poet describes that “comfort of the last to go” by presenting a few images of how the house was left, when someone lived there. In order to make this possible he mentions the “pictures” and “cutlery” that the house has from her previous owners.

Through an auditory image, he is also able to portray a familiar sound: “the music in the piano stool”. By presenting this, the poet expresses the memories that the house has about her previous owners. Here the room is personified to a memory, as inanimate objects bring back specific memories no one else can see. The fact that the piano does not have any description at all, emphasizes the fact that only the owners of the room can really picture it, because it was their memory.

So when I was reading the poem, I realized something was missing. I could not understand what it was, but later I had an epiphanic moment. The poem is full of images such as tactile, visual and auditory. So I imagined that I could increase those nostalgic and melancholic emotions about home, by adding the piano music and images to visualize and set to music the magnificent alliterative poetry.

This is the song I chose to musicalize the poem:

 

I also found this quote which I relate it with the poem, because both talk about it as something that is horrible and sad, that’s the reason we want to leave it. However, when we grow old, it is a place we want to get back to.

Resultado de imagen para home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to

 

“Rooms” Collage

In our literature class, we read the poem called “Rooms”, written by Charlotte Mew.

Resultado de imagen para poem rooms by charlotte mew

The poem “rooms”, written by Charlotte Mew, describes two double meanings for that place. On the one hand, Charlotte describes rooms, simple rooms. She describes their smell and their noises. “ceaseless maddening sound”, in order to make us see how rooms look like. She talks about rooms in every part of the world, and she also talks about an specific one, a grave. On the other hand, by the repetition of “rooms”, we are not only able to read how she uses it, but we are also able to understand what does it really symbolize. The poet talks about abandoned “rooms”, that symbolize memories. In order to express those feelings, she portrays the fact that memories, rather happy ones or sad ones, die: “Rooms where for good or for ill—things died”, it does not matter if the memory is about love or abandonment, since all of them are going to die in our minds some day. In order to express this, she describes a specific room, a “dustier bed”. By mentioning a grave, Charlotte is able to emphasize her feelings about the fact that every memory is going to die someday, “Out there in the sun—in the rain”, it does not matter when, some day they will.

In this post I made a collage that shows many kinds of rooms: happy ones, abandoned, forgotten, rotten, colorful, etc. I created this to portray Charlotte’s point of view about the fact that rooms are memories, and memories die in our minds. No matter if they are delighted or sorrowful memories, what matters is that, at the end of the day, all of them will disappear, they will die.

 

Guión Cinematográfico

Una vez leidos los libros de Martín Fierro, ambos escritos por José Hernandez, nuestra profesora decidió hacer un proyecto grupal. Este consistía en dividirnos en grupos de a seis y elegir una de las escenas sucedidas en el transcurso del relato para trabajar. Luego debíamos elaborar un guión cinematográfico y actuarlo. Yo realicé mi trabajo con María Roggero, Silvestre Braun, Otto Kreutzer, Martina Ibarbia y Federika Marty.

Guión 

Representación del guión:

 

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Art Project

In our art class, we started a project after our teacher, Toia, showed us many sculptures, installations, paintings, etc done by different artists. The task consisted in choosing one artist with their art piece, as we were going to work with it all this term. I decided to do my work in group, so I worked with Rosario Vago, Federica Marty and Milagros Mendez. We chose Cornelia Parker with her installation “Dark Matter”.

Following our deep analysis on the installation, we had to create some of our own, so we started having a lot of ideas in order to create something new based on what Cornelia exposed. In our following presentation, our creative process is shown.
Presentation:

Grupo B: Marruecos, Portugal, España e Iran

En este trimestre, estuvimos trabajando con los equipos del mundial en nuestra clase de historia. Nuestra profesora, Belu Trimestra, nos separó en grupos y nos dio a cada uno una zona de los equipos de futbol del mundial 2018, con el objetivo de que cada integrante del mismo se apropie de un país y describa sus culturas, su historia, su aspecto político, económico, social, religioso, entre otras cosas mas. Mi grupo fue asignado la zona B, la que conforma los paises Marruecos, Portugal, España e Iran. Yo realizé la presentación de Iran, mientras que mis compañeros realizaron las otras. Ojalá aprendan nuevas culturas a través de este post!

Marruecos: Realizada por Victoria Landolfo

Portugal: Por Milagros Montanelli

España: Por Silvestre Braun

Grupo B-España-3

Iran: Realizada por mi

 

Numbers and Quantity

In our language class, our teacher Marcela divided us in several groups and told us to do a presentation to explain the vocabulary of different topics in order to improve our English. I had to prepare a presentation about degree and intensity and I did mine with María Roggero and Vignesh Manwani. This is it. At the end of it we prepeared an activity in case you would like to improve your English too!

Hope you like it.