Seamus Heaney poetry (in process)

After reading and analyzing the story «Journey», we came back to the idea of Rite of Passage, something we have not analyzed in a long time. After we finished with that activity, we started working on the poet Seamus Heaney and some of his poems.

As usual, first we need to do some research on the poet:

  • Won the literature Nobel Prize in 1995.
  • Born in Ireland in 1939, live through the Cold War in Europe.
  • Born into a large catholic family.
  • Born in the countryside, has a strong connection with nature.
  • Professor in Harvard and Oxford.
  • Interested in his country’s civil war.
  • One of the most important poet’s of the 20th century.

 

Analyzing songs

In class we have been working on how songs, besides have a nice and sticky beat, the lyrics it has can have a meaningful message. In class, we had to pick a song to analyze, I chose «Revolution» by The Beatles.

The Beatles

  • English rock group which was active during the 1960s.
  • 4 English members; George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
  • Transformed pop music.

One part of the song which really stuck with me after the first time I heard it is when it says:

«You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan»

Because it is what happens to most people, everyone has ideas, ways in which to fix what is wrong, but the thing which always remains unanswered is how would you do it.

I understood that the song talks about how someone wants to make a revolution, which is obvious provided you have read the title, but the song goes deeper, talking about first you need a plan, the destroy what they don’t like. From the lyrics one might think this is a song about how they want to change the political system, «chairman Mao» and «change the constitution». Moreover, the voice is doubtful, because we can see how the voice is also concerned about the how and why:

«You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world».

Literary devices

  • There is a lot of repetition: «All right, all right, all right», which is used for emphasize the fact that no matter what comes out, they should not worry.
  • The song is full of oxymoron like when it contrasts destruction and everything being all right.
  • The song also uses an interesting rhyme structure in which the rhyme is found after some lines, for instance:

«You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can»

The rhyme is between the first and fourth line.

My opinion

I have to say I agree with Lennon, there is no need for violence in a revolution, as long as you talk with people and through smooth words you can convince them change is needed, not by imposing fear or shouting in the streets that you are going to take down the institution.

Resultado de imagen para peaceful revolution

I believe this has been a very cool activity because having added music gave what we are used to doing a twist. Music is so different from poetry, and yet so similar, so sometimes it is good to give it a look and analyze a song in the same way you analyze a poem.

 

Song by Alun Lewis

This year in literature, we have been divided into groups and given poems to analyze. I worked on Song by Alun Lewis next to Rosario Vago, Ines Galmarini and Otto Kreutzer.

To begin with, we did some research on the poet. We learned that Alun Lewis was a welsh poet, who died in 1944, at 28 years of age, during a campaign to Japan. He was a pacifist who went to war, to try to finish with fascism.

Secondly, we worked on an analysis of the poem. We interpreted the poem as the passing of the husband of a woman and how she deals with it throughout time.  We understood the poem as her process of moving on. How she was stuck, but through time and realizing her husband was no more, it was time to move on.

Moreover, we came up with another interpretation of the poem. We could also understand it as if the poem described the life as a pregnant woman, whose baby passes away in the third term and the woman has to deal with this lose.

This poem is full of literary devices such as enjambment, symbolisms, personification, metaphors and imageries.

Following this, we looked for a song which we could relate to the poem. We decided on the son of could which you can find in the presentation. We felt that the lyrics next to the slow rhythm made this song perfect for this poem.

Lastly, we created a Kahoot, which made the end of the presentation a lot of fun.

Working on connectors

After having studied language for several years, we have not yet learnt it properly, that is why we are studying connectors. We have been given several activities by our language teacher. I worked with Otto Kreutzer.

Activity.

If you are an urban dweller, you may know the real meaning of urbanization. 1. However, this does not always indicate your sufficient insight in the “uncontrolled urbanization”  topic too. To form a causal chain, it is right to say that more jobs, more services in the urban side and absence of land in the countryside force people to migrate to larger cities which brings about uncontrolled urbanization. 2. Moreover, some problems arise such as unemployment, inadequacy of infrastructure/services and some environmentally unwanted events as well as unpleasant demographic incidents.

3. On the one hand, it is a good point to dig up the reasons for people to come to larger cities. First of all, by all accounts, cities are perceived to offer a wide variety of job opportunities on the grounds that there are very different branches of  businesses in cities. Inasmuch as unemployment level is hugely high in the rural areas and the work is only about farming in contrast to countless business sectors in chief cities, more and more people choose searching for their chances in the metropolis.

4. Furthermore, comes another significant reason: There are better services in cities. As a matter of fact, transportation is extremely developed so as to make use of time efficiently. Medical services are supported with the latest technological improvements, there are unbelievably modern hospitals. 5. Also, education is taken into account seriously. There are very high-quality schools with excellent teachers, teaching with up-to-date techniques. None of these can be found in the rural areas, at this stage.

6. On the other hand factors causing migration to big cities, there is a strong push factor stemming from absence of enough land. It would be very hard and useless to cultivate the land if it is too small to make an agricultural production. One important thing triggers this incident increasingly during the last years; namely, division of land. To explain, in the rural areas when someone dies, the inheritance would usually be the land. 7. Therefore, the land is divided into many parts due to the fact that in the countryside it is common to have lots of children and they all have rights to take one part of the inherited land. 8.Consequently, what they get are useless small lands rather than a gigantic land which is capable of making a great deal of agricultural production itself. The inability to do the only thing, farming, again brings about migration to big cities with the hopes of making money.

As mentioned earlier, all these facts and figures necessitate uncontrolled urbanization, in the midst of the causal chain. 9 Therefore, what are the side effects and drawbacks of this growth?

Quiz.

Now, we have been told to prepare a quiz on connectors.

https://www.flexiquiz.com/SC/N/1b5e8334-1d37-4a76-99ec-df1b457907a3

 

2019 is here!

The final year of school is here and it feels awesome, yet it is frightening. I am sure it will be great, full of amazing experiences and learning. I want to make the most out of this year because everyone is always telling me that high-school is the best time to spend time with your friends, enjoy and learn since once you finish school you are considered a grown-up. However, I am also looking forward for this, I can’t wait for the time college starts and so does the rest of my life. I wish to finish this year in the best possible way, prepared for what comes next and having learnt a lot.

Until I see you again!

Well, this is the end, until March comes around and we have literature again. Reality is, it is the first time I have really enjoyed the subject. I have never been very talented at analysing poems or stories and writing essays. But because this year our teacher presented the idea of the e-Portfolio my relationships has completely changed. Now literature is a subject that I look forward to, which I didn’t use to.

When preparing the Portfolio I was able to portray most of my intelligences, a project which the school seems to be very interested in. By combining a portfolio and the multiple intelligences, this project was really enjoyable. I didn’t have the pressure that I had to write an essay, but I could analyse literature my own way, by relating it to life, music, photos and quotes.

The topic I most enjoyed writing about has to be on «Ode of Melancholy». I truly felt like I was able to express how I felt about the poem. When er were reading it I learnt a lot. This year has been very hard, a lot of time feeling down and stressed and it was not a year in which I felt a lot of pressure. I know understand that one cannot be happy all the time, and if you are going through a tough time, good things are bound to happen in the future.

The e-Portfolio has been a very good learning tool as I didn’t have the pressure of having a deadline I had to complete a task for. It let it do it at my own time, the way I felt I was comfortable with and in a very relaxed way, as I was not forced to prepare a presentation or an essay on each poem or story.

I am truly sad that this project is over, as it has allowed me to connect with the subject, and I understand the effort our teacher makes to always bring new ways of teaching the subject to us so that we are up to date with the new ways of learning around the world, in a more innovative and interactive manner. I hope that next year we can start a new project which sees us having so much fun as this year and learning a lot. It has been an amazing year as far as literature goes.

 

War Poetry

Whenever we have talked about war poetry in literature we have talked about soldiers, death and weapons, yet we never have a look at the testimonies of soldiers, about the hardships of war. I remember that about two years ago, three men came to our school to talk about the Falkland Islands war between Argentina and England. One of them was Argentinean and the other two were British. I remember clearly how the Argentine man explained how Argentina has never been a violent country and that is why we have never been prepared for war, whereas England has been at war for the last century, except for just one. Moreover, I could understand how it was that these three men were friends, even after thirty years after the war, and them being in the opposite ends of war. This is because soldiers are just sent to war, but the ones who declare war are not the ones who put their lives at risk and got to the battlefield.