Ode on Melancholy / E-portfolio

Another poem we read this year was “Ode on melancholy”, written by John Keats. The poem’s main theme is melancholy, which is a feeling of sadness caused by missing something from your past. The voice describes how terrible this feeling is and how a person may react to it. However, the voice’s regards melancholy as a good feeling, as it means that you were once happy in your life. Therefore, the voice advises the reader not to see melancholy as a bad thing, but as a reminder of how happy you were before and all the good things you experienced.

While reading this poem, I found an interesting comparison between it and the song “The Scientist”, by Coldplay.

What this song and the poem have in common is that they both deal with the theme of melancholy, however they portray different views of this feeling. While “Ode on melancholy” portrays the positive aspects of melancholy, “The Scientist” portrays the feeling as something negative. The song can be interpreted as a person who is addressing his former lover, and telling them how they miss their relationship and wish they could travel back in time to when they were together. The voice can’t get over their breakup and wants to go back to the start of their relationship (“It’s such a shame for us to part (…) Oh take me back to the start”). Therefore, he sees melancholy as something bad as he is sad that he can´t travel back in time.

I found this comparison interesting as it is common to see melancholy as a bad thing, such as the song depicts. However, this poem introduces a new way to see melancholy and use the feeling as something constructive.

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Dulce et Decorum est / e-portfolio

“Dulce et decorum est” is a poem written by Wilfred Owen. The poem describes the horrors endured by soldiers during the war, and attempts to portray them how they truly were. The soldiers were told that “it is sweet and right to die for one’s country”, which is the meaning of the poem’s title, and Owen describes what this lie truly represented. I made a collage for this poem, in order to portray the angst and suffering of the soldiers and the message the poem is trying to transmit.

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The Hollow of the Three Hills / E-portfolio

“The Hollow of the Three Hills” is a story that involves a woman who visits a witch seeking for information. The woman asks the with to show her what happened to all the people she left behind, which the witch does. The woman, for example, can see how her parents depict her as a disgrace and a humiliation to the family. However, all this information comes with a cost: the woman’s life.

I found this story very similar to “A Christmas Carol”. This is a very well known story which retells the life of a very bitter man. This man is visited by three ghosts on Christmas eve, to show him his past, present and future. However, this story has a nice ending as the man chooses to learn from his mistakes and become a better person. Although both stories have very different endings, as one is sad a hopeless while the other is positive and motivating, I found it similar that both characters are able to have a different outlook towards their lives and are made aware of all the mistakes they committed.

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Soldiers, rest / E-portfolio

Amongst many of the war poems we read this year, “Soldiers, rest” was a very interesting one. The poem describes the horrors of the war that soldiers endure, how death surrounds them and how they are weary and destroyed. Vicky Landolfo and I made a short video (with some humor) in order to portray this scene. We added amazing effects in order to increase the dramatic effect. Enjoy it! 😉

 

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The Lady in the Looking Glass/E-portfolio

“The Lady in the Looking Glass” is a short story written by Virginia Woolf, an amazing British writer. The story revolves around a mysterious middle-aged woman, Isabella Tyson, whom the narrator is observing. The narrator is watching Isabella through a mirror in her house and describes how he imagines that her life must be from what he can observe. He describes her as a rich woman who has lived many adventures in the past, and has had many friends and lovers. The narrator also expresses how, although Isabella has never married, she has lived passionately and still receives several letters of love and hate. In addition, she expresses that she must be very happy as she is always traveling and has anything she could desire.

However, by the end of the story we realize that the image the narrator has of Isabella is very far away from the truth. She is completely alone and depressed, and all the letters she receives are bills and not from friends. She is empty and unfulfilled, contrary to what one could think if we were to observe her from outside, as the narrator does.

This story reminded me to Jay Gatsby, from “The Great Gatsby”, a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This novel is considered to be a classic in literature and is very well known. Jay Gatsby is a mysterious millionaire who nobody knows anything about, and constantly throws epic parties in his mansion. He is very young, so people make up different theories as to how he obtained his fortune. This rumors included that he was a german spy during the war to that he was a bootlegger. Nick himself, the narrator of the story, vaguely believed that Gatsby came from a very wealthy family, which would explain his large fortune. The important thing to highlight from this point is that each person had an image of who Gatsby was, but in the end he was not even similar to everything people believed. He was in fact the son of poor farmers who had learnt the manners of the rich from a wealthy man who employed him. He had no money so he enlisted in the army, where he met Daisy, the love of his life. Daisy and him were separated due to the war, and when he returned to America he found that Daisy had married to another man. He gained his wealth from ilegal activities, such as gambling and bootlegging, and bought a mansion where he began to throw his extravagant parties, hoping that one day Daisy would attend to them. So, in the end, Gatsby was just a man in love who raised a fortune in order to gain back the love of his life.

I found the two tales very similar in this aspect as, although they don’t carry the same message, both protagonists are seen by people in a certain, superficial way, when their stories are completely different.

Resultado de imagen para the great gatsby

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The Destructors

I did my work with Ine and Margui!

Rite of passage

  • An object of desire:breaking the house
  • Trespassing (defying authority)
  • Dare/challenge (construction of identity)
  • The mischief (it should be accepted and death with in a mature way)
  • Atonement (confession and regret->acceptance)

Symbols:

  • Mr Thomas’s house:
  • Mr Thomas and the children
  • Old misery
  • Money burning
  • The debris of the house
  • The laughter of the driver

Questions:

1) Research and compare the Wormsley Common Gang with modern American gangs. Consider factors like membership, recruitment, enemies, activities, and motivations. What similarities did you find? What are some differences?

The Wormsley Common Gang is similar to modern American gangs as they both follow an initiation ritual when recruiting new members and they confront their enemies with violence and vandalism. However, American gangs engage in far more serious and obscure activities, such as drug trafficking and prostitution, while the kids from the gang only use vandalism. In addition, American gangs are motivated to gain wealth to live more comfortable lives, while the kids didn’t vandalise to steal money; in fact, they never stole anything. Another difference is that, when dealing with enemies, American gangs would kill them while the Wormsley Common Gang responded by vandalizing their property.

2) What do you see as the central theme of this story? Remember: a theme is not simply a subject like “love”. It is a fuller expression of what an author is trying to suggest about this subject. Write a paragraph explaining your interpretation of this story’s theme.

In our opinion, another important theme of the story is based on the “Loss of Innocence”. It is clearly shown that the group of children had lost their innocence during the story. They are children of nine years old. However, in the story it is shown that they did not lose their innocence completely since they never actually accept their mistake and the damage caused.

3) Identify three important conflicts present in the story. Explain what exactly is causing the problem—and whether they are internal or external in nature. Finally, explain which of these conflicts seems to the central problem.

construction versus destruction. The gang members grew up seeing the destruction of war. They act as if

destruction is a form of creation.

In the story, not only the house of Old Missery was destroyed, but also the whole society after the war.

The children, which are involved in the destroyed society, destroy the man’s house. Carrying out that act, it can be understand as if the children are ending with war. The house was the only thing that survived war, and destroying it means, starting all over again. The destruction of all, means the start of something new.

Society postwar. This external conflict points out the fact that the society was broken down after the war. Every person in society saw themselves totally affected and prejudiced by the war and tried to build up their normal lives back. However, war left an atmosphere of unconfidence, untruthful sense.

Building up society again would take a lot of time. belonging. This last conflict could be understood in two different ways.

On the one hand, it can be understand as if T wants to belong to the gang. He is looking to fit on a group and to feel comfortable in it. That is a internal conflict since it is the character’s feeling.

On the other hand, the sense of belonging could be understood to becoming part of society. At that moment in history, the society was destroyed after the war. That is why belonging to society was difficult to achieve.

In our opinion, the central conflict is a combination of all of them. The war have left a destroyed society, harmful, where the people could not find their place. The destruction of the society, creates a new beginning.

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War Poems Analysis

Choose 2 poems and prepare an analysis.

Illustrate them with pictures and explain which different parts of the poem they illustrate.

Themes

  • War
  • Death
  • Regret
  • Loss
  • Forgiveness
  • Peace
  • Freedom

Tone

  • Experienced
  • Hurt
  • Hopeful

Literary devices

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War Poems

First Stanza:

Stanza 1 begins with a description of the shocking condition of a group of soldiers retreating from the battlefield. Owen is the observer of another incident of misery and the horror if trench warfare.

“Bent double, like old beggars under sacks” simile undermines stereotypes, imagine of a soldiers as young and fit. Suggests they are filthy and weak.

Owen gives an impression that war was disappointing and makes the soldier appear drunk, or even like zombies from the exhaust and continues fight to survive, even without a gas bomb or a battle, they are zombie-like.

Second stanza:

“Gas! Gas!” This line begins with two disruptions of the rhythm, with the succession of the four sharp, short, stressed syllables and the disruption of the telling voice.

The “ecstasy of fumbling” which goes on here, however, is anything but rapturous.

We’re back to the sort of ironic language that we’ve seen in the title – combining elevated language with absolute chaos makes the whole experience seem totally out of proportion, they are scared and mad because of war.

“As under a green sea, I saw him drowning” an extended metaphor describes the man choking to death – unable to breathe, he falls about. Owen describes having flashbacks to the death of his comrade highlighting how the impact of war last over many years and across generations.

Read the poem:

Look for information about Wilfred Owen

Characteristics of war poetry

Explain each stanza with your own words

Which images predominate? Quote and explain

What does the title mean?

Answers:

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier. He was one of the leading poets of the First World War. His war poetry was on the horrors of trenches and gas. He had been writing poetry for some years before the war.

War poetry is poetry written that was written during WW1, between 1914-1918. It deals with 4 important themes: honor, injury, gender relations, and poetic formalism.

Stanza N°1: The first line takes the reader straight into the ranks of the soldiers, an unusual opening, only we’re told they resemble old beggars and hags by the speaker who is actually in amongst this sick and motley crew.

Stanza N°2: We delve deeper into the scene as chemical warfare raises its ugly head and one man gets caught out. He’s too slow to don his gas mask and helmet which would save his life by filtering out the toxins.

Stanza N°3: Only two lines long, this stanza brings home the personal effect on the speaker. I, my, me – the image sears through and scars despite the dream-like atmosphere created by the green gas and the floundering soldier.

Stanza N°4: The speaker widens the issue by confronting the reader (and especially the people at home, far away from the war), suggesting that if they too could experience what he had witnessed, they would not be so quick to praise the war dead. They would be lying to future generations if they thought that death on the battlefield was sweet.

The title of the poem is a reference to one of Horace’s, a roman philosopher and poet, odes. The phrase is translated to “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.”

Poem analysis

Soldier, rest! by Sir Walter Scott

It is composed by three stanzas each one of 12 lines

It has repetitions:

“Soldier, rest! thy warfare o’er”

“Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking”

“dream of battlefields not more”

“nights of waking”

“Huntsman, rest! thy chase done”

“rising sun”

“bugles”

Sleep”

“Reveille”

literary devices:

Anaphora

Sleep! the deer in his den;

Sleep! thy hounds are by three lying;

Sleep! nor dream in yonder

Alliteration

Sleep the sleep

days of danger

fairy strains of music fall

Metaphors

Days of danger, nights of waking

morn of tail, nor night of waking.

Hands unseen

Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking

The warfare o’er

Oxymoron

nights of waking

Imagery

war and army, hunting, deer, den, hounds

Theme

Criticism of war

Struggle of life

Battle of life and death

After life

Meaning of life

Tone

Dreamy

Reflective

Calm

Reassuring

Our interpretation of the story is based on life and death and life after death, we believe that through the poem the author is trying to transmit us that life is a constant battle and that has lots of difficulties and that there are obstacles that we are going to get through but they are some we won’t, at the end death is compared with finally resting and being in peace and never suffer again because that was life. The poem has a connection with Romanticism because the Romantic movement had a strong influence on death and the afterlife, this afterlife is became idealized in literature, they were against their society and so they had other alternatives; to focus on the past or to focus on the life after death.

Death Bed by Siegfried Sassoon

The poem “Death Bed” by Siegfried Sassoon portrays the experience of a soldier who is badly hurt and is coming in and out of consciousness. The soldier is suffering a battle between life and death, which finally ends with him dying because death “chooses” him. As, during the poem, he is coming in and out of consciousness, he can’t distinguish reality from dreams. This confuses us readers as we as well can’t differentiate what is real and what isn’t.

Themes

War

Death

Battle of life and death

Tone

Agony

Dark

Confused

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Virtual Period: Chromosomes and Mitosis

Activities:

1- a- Make a drawing of a body cell which contains one chromosome.

b- Make a drawing of a body cell which contains one chromosome before cell division.

Explain the difference between them.

2- Explain the difference in the number of chromosomes between a body cell and a gamete.

CELL DIVISION: MITOSIS

Watch THIS video about mitosis.

1- Make a drawing of a cell with 2 chromosomes.

2- Make a drawing of the same cell before cell division.

3. Make a drawing of the daughter cells.

4- Name examples in which mitosis takes place in the human body.

 

4) Mitosis happens when we cut ourselves, where new skin cells are made to help heal the wound.

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Male Reproductive System – Virtual Period

Male Reproductive System

  1. Act: Use information from the text book to build a comparison table between sexual and asexual reproduction.
  2. Act: Summarize the functions of each of the organs which are part of the male reproductive system.
  3. State the components and the function of semen.
  4. Make a large labelled drawing of a sperm cell and state how the structure is adapted to its function. (Do not add a picture).

Answers:

1)

2)

  • Testes
    • Where spermatogenesis (the creation of sperm) takes place
    • Process has to happen at a temperature lower than body temperature, which they do by being located in the scrotum
    • Create testosterone
  • Scrotum
    • Regulates the temperature of the testis by retracting upward towards the body or descending depending on the temperature, using the cremaster muscle and the dartos muscle
  • Epididymis
    • Set of tubes where sperm is stored and gains more mitochondria
  • Vas deferens
    • Drains the epididymis of sperm and transports it to the urethra
  • Urethra
  • Seminal Vesicles
    • Contributes fluid to sperm
  • Prostate Gland
  • Bulbourethral glands
  • Penis
    • Made up of the shaft

 

3) Semen

  • Components:
    • Sperm
    • Seminal Plasma
  • Function: it is a fluid emitted from the male reproductive tract that carries sperm cells capable of fertilizing female eggs.

 

4)

The structure of a sperm cell is adapted in order to make it easier for the cell to fulfill its function and carry DNA to the female egg. The tail of the cell allows it to travel to the female egg, while the shape of the cell allows it to carry genetic information in its head.

 

 

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