sábado, 5 de enero de 2013

English Poetry

Dear students,

I have been thinking  about the possibility of getting you closer to English Literature. On the one hand you can read books or you can learn by heart poems or  excerpts from well known works of English and American writers or poets. I will give 3 suggestions. Of course, memory is not the only relevant ability but also good pronunciation and intonation. Do you accept the challenge?

The first extract  is a monologue from Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1546 -1616) English poet and playwright

The scene is Elsinore in Denmark. Prince Hamlet is the son of the late king. Hamlet's uncle Claudius is now on the throne. To Hamlet's disgust, his mother, Gertrude, has married Claudius only a month after the death of his father. Later, Hamlet discovers from his father's ghost that he had been murdered by Claudius.

The second poem is called If by Rudyard Kipling ( 1865 –1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist .

The third and last fragment is from Moby Dick by Herman Melville( ( 1819 –  1891) was an American novelist)

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