Sunday, 19 November 2017

MY SUNDAY MOVIE - JANE EYRE

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Director Robert Stevenson collaborated with novelist Aldous Huxley and theatrical-producer John Houseman on the screenplay for this 1944 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane EyreRead here.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, THE PRIEST OF NATURE

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Here you can find a PowerPoint presentation on William Wordswortha major English Romantic poet, well-known for his celebration of nature.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

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Held on the second Sunday in November every year, Remembrance Sunday commemorates the agreement to end fighting during the First World War in 1918. Read here.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

DYLAN THOMAS

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Born on 27 October 1914, Welshman Dylan Thomas left school at age 16 to become a reporter and writer. His most famous poem, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" , was published in 1952 (read here an analysis of the poem), but his reputation was solidified years earlier. His prose includes Under Milk Wood (1954) and A Child's Christmas in Wales (1955). Dylan Thomas was in high demand for his animated readings, but debt and heavy drinking had bad effects, and he died in New York City while on tour on 9 November 1953, at age 39.  Continue reading here.


Sunday, 5 November 2017

MY SUNDAY MOVIE - SECRET SUMMER

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Secret Summer is a fun family movie from the independent film studio PixL. It was released just in time for the 2016 summer season. It tells the story of writer Jake Kenman who wants to quietly research his current work-in-progress over the summer. But after receiving an unexpected request to watch his niece and nephew for the summer, he decides to alter his original plans.  Continue reading here.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN KEATS!

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John Keats was born on 31 October 1795 in London. In spite of his death at the age of 25, he is one of the greatest English poets and a key figure in the Romantic movement. Read here.





WHAT IS HALLOWEEN?



Tuesday, 17 October 2017

THOMAS MORE

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"I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me."
Thomas More

Read here about his life and his masterpiece, written in Latin, Utopia  (1516).

Monday, 16 October 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OSCAR WILDE!


Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He became involved in the Aesthetic Movement while studying at Magdalen College in Oxford,  and went on to become one of the century’s most brilliant poets, playwrights and essayists. 
He transgressed the oppressive boundaries of Victorian society and lived a full life, even after his reputation was ruined when his sexual orientation came to light. Read here.

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

THE RENAISSANCE ~ DAWN OF A NEW AGE

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The Renaissance was a period in European history, from the 14th to the 17th century, regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history. It started as a cultural movement in Italy in the Late Medieval period and later spread to the rest of Europe, marking the beginning of the Early Modern Age. Read here.

Here you can find my previous post about the Renaissance.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

ROMANTICISM - 5^C LINGUISTICO

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"The heart is the only true source of art, the language of a pure, child-like soul. Any creation not sprung from this origin can only be artifice. Every true work of art is conceived in a hallowed hour and born in a happy one, from an impulse in the artist's heart, often without his knowledge."
Caspar David Friedrich

Romanticism (also known as the Romantic period) was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the period from 1800 to 1850. It was partly a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, the aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment, and the scientific rationalisation of nature.
Here you can find my previous posts about Romanticism.

Sunday, 1 October 2017