In our oral & writing period, we have to choose an article of a crime. I chose a car accident.
Today in our literature period, we read a poem called «She Was a Phantom of Delight», by William Wordsworth. We had to do some questions about it.
- Brith? Death?
- Influence on the writer?
- Who is the poem for?
- Read the poem and check the meaning of new words.
- Elements of Romantic poetry.
- Birth: April 7, 1770 in England. Death: April 23, 1850
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Godwin
- For his wife.
- Gleamed: a flash or beam of light Ornament: an object, piece, or feature intended to add beauty to the appearance of something; embellishment; decoration.Dusky: somewhat dark;Startle: to disturb suddenly as by surprise
- Subjectivity: All romantic literature is subjective. It is an expression of the inner urges of the soul of the artist. The poet gives free expression to his feelings, emotions, experiences, thoughts and ideas and does not care for rules and regulations. The emphasis is laid on inspiration and intuition. Hellenism: Hellenism implies love, commitment and unmistakable fascination in the antiquated society, values and individuals of Greek. Romantic poets loved Hellenism a great deal in their poetry. They loved to explore the ancient culture of Greek in their poetry. John Keats’ poetry is loaded with various allusions to the art, literature and culture of Greek. Ode on a Grecian Urn is a perfect example in this regard. The pictures engraved on the Grecian Urn show Keats’s love the Greek ideals, culture and art. Super naturalism: Romanticism was a revival of medievalism. The romantic is extraordinarily alive to the wonder, mystery and beauty of the universe. The unseen world is more real for him than the world of the senses. Romantic poetry is mystical and is removed from the everyday experiences of life. Imagination: The romantic poets laid emphasis on imagination and emotion. The 18th century neo-classical poets had emphasized on reason and intellect. Nature: Zest for the beauties of the external world characterizes all romantic poetry. Romantic poetry carries us away from the suffocating atmosphere of cities into the fresh and invigorating company of the out of door world. All poets were lovers of nature and looked at the beautiful aspects of nature. To them, nature was a friend, a lover, a mother, sister and a teacher. To Wordsworth, nature was both mother and sister. He spiritualizes nature, Shelley intellectualizes nature and Keats is content to observe nature through his senses. Escapism: is another striking characteristic of romantic poetry. Escapism is a term, which implies a writer’s failure to face the agonies of real life and take shelter somewhere else instead of fighting against the odds. Escapism is the main theme of romantic poetry. As most of the romantic poets were in the grip of miseries, they tried to take asylum in the bower of their poetry. It was their most loved pastime to escape from reality and take asylum in the realm of their imagination.
- How is the woman described? quote and explained
- Which words describe a supernatural experience? explain your choice of words
- Line 7 «but», what does this word introduce?
- The woman is described as a perfect woman «Gleamed upon my sight» / dark hair and eyes «Twilight» «dusky» / Too good to be true «A lovely apparition» «delight» / «Dancing shape» » gay»
- The words which describe a supernatural experienced are: Phantom ( Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition.) , apparition (a ghost) , to haunt (To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a ghost or other supernatural being.)
- This word introduce a contradiction or opposite side of the woman, her personality as opposed to her appearance.
- Specific choice of word (dawn, dusk, twilight, maytime = nature)
Stanza 2 (They started dating)
- Now the woman is described as «human». What differences can you find between stanza 1 and stanza 2?
- Explain the last line in stanza 2
- In stanza 1 the woman is described as a phantom, ghost, apparition and in stanza 2 the woman is described as a human being. Spirit are not the same as a human. (Line 6 alliteration, emphasis on emotions).
- The human nature (virtues & flaws, perfections & imperfections, we are imperfect) – «praise», «blame», «love», «kisses», «tears», «smiles».
Stanza 3 (They are married)
- Explain the first two lines
- How is the woman described now? What kind of life do you think she had?
- Compare the last 2 lines in stanza 1 and the ones in stanza 3
- Feelings, like heart beats. «pulse», she is real AND perfect.
- A perfect wife. Firm attitude to life («Endurance», «Strength», «Skill»). She is strong to face life.
- In stanza 1: He just met her but he loves her because of her looks and her characters. In stanza 2: They have married. Time has passes and he still loves her as much as that day! She is still perfect!
Romantic Elements: Find romantic elements in the poem and give evidence from them:
- Super naturalism: Because the woman is described as a ghost or something perfect, but perfection does not exist and ghosts do not exist.
- Imagination: Because this poem has a lot of emphasis according to the man’s love to her wife.
Two boys of senior 2 prepared a presentation of this poem.
I agree with this analysis, but I will add some romantic elements since William Wordsworth was very important for the romantic period.
Today, in our writing & oral period, we read a short story called «Never Stop On The Motorway», by
Diana, a busy single mother, left her job and went to her friend’s countryside, Daniel. While she was driving, she killed a cat, so she put it on a ditch. After that, she realized that a van was following her. On the road, she saw a sign which stated the details of a murderer who rapted a woman. When Diana arrived Daniel’s farm, she ordered him to get a gun because someone was following her. The youth told them that the murderer was inside Diana’s trunk. And when they opened it, they saw a man with a knife.
Hoy nuestra profesora de civica, María Marta Echazú, nos dio como tarea resumir el capítulo 3 de nuestro libro de civica con unas preguntas que se encuentran al final del capítulo. Sin embargo, yo hice dos presentacones: Una resumiendo el capítulo con las preguntas, y la otra, resumiendo el capítulo con las ideas principales.
Con ideas principales: