Horses (Student’s Notes)

“Horses” Poem by Edwin Muir

Saturday March 24th 2012, 1:04 pm
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In this poem the poet tried to portray a powerful image of the horses. He goes back to his childhood, and start to think about horses. He talks about industrial age in his poem but he always wanted to give the impression of the horses. The speaker in the poem is sad at the end, because of losing the memories. The literary devices and sound effects are important here to portray a good image of the horses.

Imagery is very important in this poem. Every imagery has a different meaning. The horses seem to be fearsome but at the same time adorable. İmagery and alliteration used to create the perfect image of the horses. Imageries and similes creates the effect of the horses’ actions on the speaker. Speaker find the horses also mysterious.

Tone always changes because of the speaker’s feeling about those amazing creatures. “ire of the wind” personification gives the impression that their movements are so sharp and enthusiastic. The repetition “fades” also suggests the loss of memory and sadness. Last stanza shows desire for old nostalgia.

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The Hunting Snake (Student Notes)

It is a simple poem with 4 stanzas and monosyllabic lines. This simple structure, shows the harmony of the nature. Speaker adores the nature and she realizes the importance of nature in the poem. Snake’s movements and the speaker’s attitude is regular and tight that the poem is  very easy to understand with this structure.

The sound effects used in this poem represents snake’s movements and actions. It is effective for the speaker because she gets frightened and impressed of snake’s actions. Alliteration is mostly used to describe these things.(“f” sound in followed,food-”s” sound in still,stood) Aliteration helps us to feel like the speaker.

Imagery and contrast are also very important. Visual imagery like “under the autumn’s gentlest sky” shows the peaceful mood and tone. Imagery shows admiration,awe,scary mood mostly. It creates the effect of the speaker’s feelings towards the snake.

An essay by a student about these points:

This poem is considered one of the most simple poems , yet striking in its experience. It deals with a personal feeling experienced by the poet who happened to meet a snake once. Her feeling at that moment is somewhat confusing. She is bewildered by  the sense of awe and fear and how these two contradictory feelings co-exist and intermingle in a way that surprises not only the speaker but also the reader.

The poem is written in traditional four-line stanzas, a simple rhythm and rhyme pattern. The speaker opens the poem with a perfect picture. It’s a wonderful weather “sun-warmed in this late season’s grace”, it’s autumn where the weather is mostly warm and quiet. The first stanza suggests that everything seem in harmony, the sky is “gentlest” and the pace is slow and romantic. Such words never bring in the reader’s mind any suspicion or doubt. On the contrary, it suggests tranquility and romanticism. However, what breaks this silence and peaceful mood is the appearance of “great black snake” the image itself is shocking and horrifying. The reader never imagined the “reeling by” snake. The vivid imagery used in this stanza sounds wonderful and appealing.

Moving on to the second stanza, the speaker starts giving a graphic description of that “great black snake”, the colour itself is terrifying and build an intense image that contradicts with the perfect picture she created earlier. The speaker extends this horrific picture through the few lines that followed “head down, tongue flickering on the trail” the reader senses danger every where now. The speaker is building a dark, scary picture of a snake who is wondering about looking for a prey in the grass.

The Destructors (Student Notes)

The story is about a generation who live in East London after World War II. The children create a gang called “Wormsley Common Gang” and they want to breake the laws. Blackie is the first leader of the gang but then Trevor comes and takes the power and leadership. He starts to rule the gang. Trevor is different from others

Trevor:

  • well-educated
  • evil
  • has no emotions
  • comes from an upper-class society
  • his father is an architect
  • organised and planned
  • a good leader
  • diferent from other gang memebers
  • wants the revenge of the war

Blackie:

  • hopeless and sad
  • loves to break laws
  • old leader of the group
  • a little jealous
  • mature
  • doubtful
  • not well organised
  • not educated well
  • a good leader
  • wants the gang to be famous

Old Misery:

  • old
  • has a lot of money
  • lives in a good house
  • poor
  • kind
  • generous
  • naive
  • experienced about wars
  • hopeful
  • happy

Mike:

  • young
  • respectful
  • obedient
  • innocent
  • naive
  • in abetter relationship with his family above others
  • helpful

Truck Driver:

  • naive
  • experienced about destroying(destructing)

Setting:

  • after World War II
  • East London
  • everything is grey in the story
  • Wormsley Common Undergrouns Station
  • gloomy
  • dark
  • hopeless
  • 1960′s
  • A new generation has been grown up
  • important for the development of the story

Tone:

  • gloomy
  • dark
  • hopeless
  • sad
  • unhappy

note: Mood and tone is same in this story!

Irony:

  • Mike wants to go to the church but none of the gang members wants is. He is obedient.
  • Old Misery was thinking his house before he came in. He had no idea about the destruction.
  • Old Misery was forced to climb walls into his own garden.

Themes:

  • how children affected from World War II
  • a boy comes from an upper-class society wants his revenge
  • life in East London after the war

Suspense:

  • Trevor’s visit to Old Misery’s house; destruction
  • Trevor’s new and good ideas at the beginning of the story; a new leader is showing up
  • Trevor’s behaviours; no emotions(“love” and “hate”)

Paradox:

  • T’s behaviour towards Mr. Thomas(no harm,treated well)
  • T’s attitude towards Old Misery’s BEATIFUL house(he still wants to destroy it.)
  • Truck Driver’s behaviour to the destruction(we expect him to be guilty.)
  • “THE DESTRUCTION IS A NEW FORM OF CREATION”

Allegory:

  • old generation vs. new generation
  • gang members; naivete
  • T’s leadership; power
  • everything is grey; hopeless

Diction:

  • creates the tension
  • helps the reader to emphasize with the story
  • grey,ash,beatiful!
  • creates the meaning of the story

because he was living in an upper-class society before the war. He wants to take his revenge by destroying a famous house but other members just want to show the gang’s power in the story.

The Son’s Veto -Hardy (notes)

THE SON’S VETO (1894)

Hardy is the writer of a number of classic novels of the English Victorian era. He stopped writing novels altogether following the outcries that greeted Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895); both were judged in their day to be too explicit in their treatment of personal and social themes. Thereafter he concentrated on writing poetry.

In The Son’s Veto Sophy’s character is presented to us by concentrating on a number of telling moments in her life. The story reveals detail gradually in order to allow us to build up an impression of her. The narrator begins writing from the perspective of a man viewing the woman’s immaculate hair from behind. We hear the exchange of dialogue between son and mother in which the former rebukes the latter for her poor grammar ‘with an impatient fastidiousness that was almost harsh’. The boy’s sensitivity here will eventually lead to his veto over his mother’s wish to re-marry. The vignette of the public-school cricket match illustrates, perhaps best of all, the class consciousness at the heart of the story.

How do students respond to Hardy’s depiction of the boy who eventually becomes the ‘young smooth-shaven priest’ at the end of the story? Encourage them to consider how Hardy makes us feel sorry for the mother.

Wider reading

Encourage students to read other short stories by Thomas Hardy such as “The Withered Arm” and “Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver”. They might also try novels popular at IGCSE/O Level including Far From the Madding Crowd and The Mayor of Casterbridge, and poems such as ‘The Voice’ and ‘The Darkling Thrush’.

Compare with

‘The Fly in the Ointment’ by V.S. Pritchett

‘The Village Saint’ by Bessie Head

‘On Her Knees’ by Tim Winton

Online biographical and critical texts on Hardy can be found at:

http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/hardy/index.html

 

‘Summer Farm’ -Sand Animations

Below are some clever sand animations based on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. My class was lucky to have been looking at Norman MacCraig’s Summer Farm on the first day of Spring. We were working on creating our own versions of Autumn Farm based on MacCraig’s poem and I remembered Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and came across these wonderful animations!

Conclusion for your essay on The Incredibles (Grade 8)

Writing the Conclusion to your Incredibles Essay (Grade Eight)

Well done on nearly everyone posting their introductions and they are really good! Today’s lesson will be about writing the conclusion. I am aware that most of you have three paragraphs to write (remember the body of the essay should be five), which is why I have decided that March 20 will be the deadline for all three assignments on The Incredibles.

They include The Preliminary Questions, Quotation Assignment and the Essay.

The Essay Structure is

1)    Introduction

2)    Paragraph One

3)    Paragraph Two

4)    Paragraph Three

5)    Paragraph Four

6)    Paragraph Five

7)    Conclusion

Please re-read the rubrics so you know how you will be assessed.

The Conclusion

Too often student’s conclusion begin with “In conclusion …” or “ Overall,…..”. It’s not that this approach is wrong but rather it is a boring way to end your essay. Just as we shouldn’t say ‘In this quote ….’, we shouldn’t say ‘In conclusion ‘’ because being the final paragraph this is rather obvious to the reader.The best conclusions are ones that return to the points you began discussing. You then write about very broadly about how those issues were presented in the film – was the message conveyed effectively? What are your thoughts? Of course, you are not supposed to introduce your new ideas here, but rather provide your reader with summary of your thoughts/findings in a reflective, general matter.

You may begin

Issues relating to identity combined with the challenge of living in a society which expects citizens to live as normal citizens in a ‘normal’ society are also problems experienced not only in the film, but also in our world.  ______________ (you need to write approx five complex sentences).

Writing the Conclusion to your Incredibles Essay (Grade Eight)

Well done on nearly everyone posting their introductions and they are really good! Today’s lesson will be about writing the conclusion. I am aware that most of you have three paragraphs to write (remember the body of the essay should be five), which is why I have decided that March 20 will be the deadline for all three assignments on The Incredibles.

They include The Preliminary Questions, Quotation Assignment and the Essay.

The Essay Structure is

1)    Introduction

2)    Paragraph One

3)    Paragraph Two

4)    Paragraph Three

5)    Paragraph Four

6)    Paragraph Five

7)    Conclusion

Please re-read the rubrics so you know how you will be assessed.

The Conclusion

Too often student’s conclusion begin with “In conclusion …” or “ Overall,…..”. It’s not that this approach is wrong but rather it is a boring way to end your essay. Just as we shouldn’t say ‘In this quote ….’, we shouldn’t say ‘In conclusion ‘’ because being the final paragraph this is rather obvious to the reader.The best conclusions are ones that return to the points you began discussing. You then write about very broadly about how those issues were presented in the film – was the message conveyed effectively? What are your thoughts? Of course, you are not supposed to introduce your new ideas here, but rather provide your reader with summary of your thoughts/findings in a reflective, general matter.

You may begin

Issues relating to identity combined with the challenge of living in a society which expects citizens to live as normal citizens in a ‘normal’ society are also problems experienced not only in the film, but also in our world.  ______________ (you need to write approx five complex sentences).

Writing the Conclusion to your Incredibles Essay (Grade Eight)

Well done on nearly everyone posting their introductions and they are really good! Today’s lesson will be about writing the conclusion. I am aware that most of you have three paragraphs to write (remember the body of the essay should be five), which is why I have decided that March 20 will be the deadline for all three assignments on The Incredibles.

They include The Preliminary Questions, Quotation Assignment and the Essay.

The Essay Structure is

1)    Introduction

2)    Paragraph One

3)    Paragraph Two

4)    Paragraph Three

5)    Paragraph Four

6)    Paragraph Five

7)    Conclusion

Please re-read the rubrics so you know how you will be assessed.

The Conclusion

Too often student’s conclusion begin with “In conclusion …” or “ Overall,…..”. It’s not that this approach is wrong but rather it is a boring way to end your essay. Just as we shouldn’t say ‘In this quote ….’, we shouldn’t say ‘In conclusion ‘’ because being the final paragraph this is rather obvious to the reader.The best conclusions are ones that return to the points you began discussing. You then write about very broadly about how those issues were presented in the film – was the message conveyed effectively? What are your thoughts? Of course, you are not supposed to introduce your new ideas here, but rather provide your reader with summary of your thoughts/findings in a reflective, general matter.

You may begin

Issues relating to identity combined with the challenge of living in a society which expects citizens to live as normal citizens in a ‘normal’ society are also problems experienced not only in the film, but also in our world.  ______________ (you need to write approx five complex sentences).

Conclusion for your essay on The Incredibles (Grade 8)

Writing the Conclusion to your Incredibles Essay (Grade Eight)

Well done on nearly everyone posting their introductions and they are really good! Today’s lesson will be about writing the conclusion. I am aware that most of you have three paragraphs to write (remember the body of the essay should be five), which is why I have decided that March 20 will be the deadline for all three assignments on The Incredibles.

They include The Preliminary Questions, Quotation Assignment and the Essay.

The Essay Structure is

1)    Introduction

2)    Paragraph One

3)    Paragraph Two

4)    Paragraph Three

5)    Paragraph Four

6)    Paragraph Five

7)    Conclusion

Please re-read the rubrics so you know how you will be assessed.

The Conclusion

Too often student’s conclusion begin with “In conclusion …” or “ Overall,…..”. It’s not that this approach is wrong but rather it is a boring way to end your essay. Just as we shouldn’t say ‘In this quote ….’, we shouldn’t say ‘In conclusion ‘’ because being the final paragraph this is rather obvious to the reader.The best conclusions are ones that return to the points you began discussing. You then write about very broadly about how those issues were presented in the film – was the message conveyed effectively? What are your thoughts? Of course, you are not supposed to introduce your new ideas here, but rather provide your reader with summary of your thoughts/findings in a reflective, general matter.

You may begin

Issues relating to identity combined with the challenge of living in a society which expects citizens to live as normal citizens in a ‘normal’ society are also problems experienced not only in the film, but also in our world.  ______________ (you need to write approx five complex sentences).

Writing the Conclusion to your Incredibles Essay (Grade Eight)

Well done on nearly everyone posting their introductions and they are really good! Today’s lesson will be about writing the conclusion. I am aware that most of you have three paragraphs to write (remember the body of the essay should be five), which is why I have decided that March 20 will be the deadline for all three assignments on The Incredibles.

They include The Preliminary Questions, Quotation Assignment and the Essay.

The Essay Structure is

1)    Introduction

2)    Paragraph One

3)    Paragraph Two

4)    Paragraph Three

5)    Paragraph Four

6)    Paragraph Five

7)    Conclusion

Please re-read the rubrics so you know how you will be assessed.

The Conclusion

Too often student’s conclusion begin with “In conclusion …” or “ Overall,…..”. It’s not that this approach is wrong but rather it is a boring way to end your essay. Just as we shouldn’t say ‘In this quote ….’, we shouldn’t say ‘In conclusion ‘’ because being the final paragraph this is rather obvious to the reader.The best conclusions are ones that return to the points you began discussing. You then write about very broadly about how those issues were presented in the film – was the message conveyed effectively? What are your thoughts? Of course, you are not supposed to introduce your new ideas here, but rather provide your reader with summary of your thoughts/findings in a reflective, general matter.

You may begin

Issues relating to identity combined with the challenge of living in a society which expects citizens to live as normal citizens in a ‘normal’ society are also problems experienced not only in the film, but also in our world.  ______________ (you need to write approx five complex sentences).

Writing the Conclusion to your Incredibles Essay (Grade Eight)

Well done on nearly everyone posting their introductions and they are really good! Today’s lesson will be about writing the conclusion. I am aware that most of you have three paragraphs to write (remember the body of the essay should be five), which is why I have decided that March 20 will be the deadline for all three assignments on The Incredibles.

They include The Preliminary Questions, Quotation Assignment and the Essay.

The Essay Structure is

1)    Introduction

2)    Paragraph One

3)    Paragraph Two

4)    Paragraph Three

5)    Paragraph Four

6)    Paragraph Five

7)    Conclusion

Please re-read the rubrics so you know how you will be assessed.

The Conclusion

Too often student’s conclusion begin with “In conclusion …” or “ Overall,…..”. It’s not that this approach is wrong but rather it is a boring way to end your essay. Just as we shouldn’t say ‘In this quote ….’, we shouldn’t say ‘In conclusion ‘’ because being the final paragraph this is rather obvious to the reader.The best conclusions are ones that return to the points you began discussing. You then write about very broadly about how those issues were presented in the film – was the message conveyed effectively? What are your thoughts? Of course, you are not supposed to introduce your new ideas here, but rather provide your reader with summary of your thoughts/findings in a reflective, general matter.

You may begin

Issues relating to identity combined with the challenge of living in a society which expects citizens to live as normal citizens in a ‘normal’ society are also problems experienced not only in the film, but also in our world.  ______________ (you need to write approx five complex sentences).

Summer Farm/Autumn Farm -Norman MacCraig

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Looking at your paper copy of ‘Summer Farm’ see if you can change it with the template below to create a different atmosphere.

AUTUMN FARM – (Your Name)

Straws like …………………………………lie about the grass
And hang …………………. on …………. .    …………………as…………….
The water in the…………………………………………………………………..
……………………………………………………….in two straight lines.

A …………. stares at ……………… with one eye,
Then picks it up. Out of a ……………………….. sky
A …………………………… falls and, flickering through
The ………………………………., dives up again into ………………………………

I lie, not thinking, in the cool, soft grass,
Afraid of where a thought might take me –
This ……………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………. .

Self under self, a pile of selves I stand
Threaded on time, …………………………………………..
………………………………………………………………………

…………………………………………………………………….

English Language and Literature

Explore Ted Hughes’ writing in ‘Full Moon and Little Frieda’, showing how he creates a striking atmosphere.

 

The change of atmosphere in the poem Full Moon and Little Frieda is controlled by Ted Hughes to create a dramatic atmosphere. With carefully chosen words, Hughes builds up tension and brings it up to climax.

Tension is built up as a foundation for the astonishing ambience later in the poem. By closely describing stationary, unnoticeable things, the poet is able to create the suspense which helps to amplify the climax. A spider’s web is “tense for the dew’s touch” which presents the stillness of life and gives an idea that the environment is very shrunken up as if in anticipation for a shock. The imagery of a pail full of water adds to the idea of anticipation that it is “still and brimming” which portrays the expectation of an event about…

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