Try to write a “love rap.” Can you celebrate your love, or that of someone you know, in rap? Create and share your rap using GarageBand. Or try another topic as the subject of your rap: Chinese Socialism, Euclidean geometry, Macbeth, etc.
Robert Burns (1759-96), a popular poet from Scotland, lives again each January 25th, when millions around the world celebrate his poetry. In his poetry, Burns expresses his concern for people of the working class. He is also one of the first poets to question the treatment of women and children in society. Robbie Burns is best remembered for his love poetry. The following selection is one of his better-known ballads.
A Red, Red Rose, by Robert BurnsO my luve is like a red, red rose That's newly sprung in June; My love is like the melodie That's sweetly played in tune. As fair art thou, my bonny lass, So deep in luve am I; And I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a' the seas gang dry. Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear, And the rocks melt wi' the sun; I will luve thee still, my dear, While the sands o' life shall run. And fare thee weel, my only love! And fare thee weel, awhile! And I will come again, my love Though it were ten thousand mile.
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-94) is a well-known poet of the Victorian period. She was acclaimed for her poetic skill and distinctive style. Some recurrent themes in her poetry are of unhappy, delayed, or frustrated love. “A Birthday,” one of her best known poems, has a more positive theme.
A Birthday by Christina RossettiMy heart is like a singing bird Whose nest is in a water'd shoot; My heart is like an apple-tree Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit; My heart is like a rainbow shell That paddles in a halcyon sea; My heart is gladder than all these, Because my love is come to me. Raise me a daïs of silk and down; Hang it with vair and purple dyes; Carve it in doves and pomegranates, And peacocks with a hundred eyes; Work it in gold and silver grapes, In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys; Because the birthday of my life Is come, my love is come to me.
- Burns and Rossetti both use a common literary technique, the metaphor, to describe feelings of love. Identify and discuss the similarities and the differences between the two poems.
- What effect does the repetition of the phrases create in the poems? Do you like the effect that is created? Why or why not?
- Choose your own personal metaphor for describing love. Write a poem, song, or short narrative or create a collage of images which incorporates your metaphor for love.
If one of these traditional or popular sayings expresses an important lesson you have learned about life, illustrate it in an essay developed through extensive use of example. (See also the guidelines that follow.)
1. Experience is the best teacher.
2. Money cannot buy happiness.
3. The best defence is a good offence.
4. You have to like yourself before you can like others.
5. Practice makes perfect.
6. True wealth is measured by what you can do without.
7. If you try to please the world, you will never please yourself.
8. Time is money.
9. Virtue is its own reward.
10. No pain, no gain.
11. Beauty is only skin-deep.
12. Money is the root of all evil.
13. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
14. The more you have, the more you want.
15. Love is blind.
If your answer to one if the following is based on strong experience, support it in an
essay developed through extensive use of example. (See also the guidelines that follow.)
16. The (best/worst) program on television is _______________.
17. _______________ is the best book I’ve ever read.
18. The (best/worst) spectator sport of all is _______________.
19. One kind of music I really detest is _______________.
20. _______________ is the (best/worst) restaurant I’ve ever tried.
21. My favourite newspaper is _______________.
22. _______________ is the most practical computer for my needs.
23. My favourite musician is _______________.
24. The very (best/worst) film I have ever seen is _______________.
25. _______________ is my favourite holiday spot.
26. _______________ is my best subject this term.
27. The radio station I prefer is _______________.
28. _______________ is the best teacher I’ve ever had.
29. The political leader I most admire is _______________.
30. _______________ is my favourite city.
Process in Writing: Guidelines
Follow at least some ojthese steps in developing your essay through examples (your teacher may suggest which ones).
1. Choose a topic you think you like, and try it out through brainstorming or freewriting. Do you have something to say? Can you supply examples? If not, try another topic.
2. Visualize your audience: What level of language, what TONE, what examples, will communicate with this person or persons?
3. Do a rapid “discovery draft,” leave extra white-space. Do not stop now to fix things like spelling and grammar; just get the material down with pen or keyboard.
4. The next day, look this draft over. Are there enough examples? Or: Is your one long example explained in depth? If not, add more. Does each example support your main point? If not, revise. Are examples in order of increasing importance? If not, consider rearranging to build a climax.
5. Check your second draft for TRANSITIONS, and add if necessary. Test your prose by reading aloud, then revise awkward or unclear passages. Now reach for the dictionary and a grammar book(buttons, menus or tools) if you need them.
6. Proofread your final copy slowly, word by word (if your eyes move too fast, they will “see” what should be there, not necessarily what is there).
It is the year 2100. In the year 2090, World War III began. In the year 2095, a biological weapon that destroys the human immune system only was released and used by both sides in the war. As a result, human beings have become extinct. The beautiful parks that the people of the early 21st century worked so hard to build and protect are now enjoyed by no one but the squirrels and birds that live there. At the entrance of the biggest, most beautiful park of all, there is a golden plaque that reads as follows: “This park is dedicated with love to our future grandchildren. We worked very hard and made many sacrifices, knowing that you would one day appreciate having this green space to enjoy.” Of course, the “future grandchildren” referred to in this plaque were never born, because there parents all died in World War III. Was it still worth the effort? Should the people of the 21st century have put there effort toward preventing WWIII instead? Should we be thinking about our future grandchildren now?
What can’t you throw away?
Magazines? Clothing? Old love letters?
How many times have you been in love?
Yay or nay: Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?
Turkey — love it or leave it?
“Life in Our Village” by Matei Markwei is an easily understood, childlike , loosely rhyming poem, that expresses a universal truth about youthful love.
What is the universal truth in “Life in Our Village”?
- Boys and girls will do what comes naturally; love cannot be forbidden or exiled.
What techniques does the poet use to articulate this theme?(give examples)
- parallel structure
Can adults forbid love from blossoming in the young?
Is humanity weak?
Is it strong to resist love?
To what extent do you see similarities between the attitudes and behaviours expressed in this poem, and those with which you are personally familiar?
What do you like about this poem?
What do you dislike?
“Life in Our Village” by Matei Markwei
In our village
When elders are around,
Boys must not look at girls
And Girls must not look at boys
Because the elder say
That is not good.
Even when night comes
Boys must play separately,
Girls must play separately.
But humanity is weak
So boys and girls meet.
The boys play hide and seek
And the girls play hide and seek.
The boys know where the girls hide
And the girls know where the boys hide –
So in their hide and seek,
Boys seek girls
Girls seek boys,
And each to each sing
Songs of love.
Create a playlist for the one you love.
Davidge: “If one receives evil from another, let one not do evil in return. Rather, let him extend love to the enemy, that love might unite them.” I’ve heard all this before… in the human Taalmaan.
Jerry: Of course you have. Truth is truth.
From the film, Enemy Mine (1985)
Imagine a character from the film has arrived somehow in your world (in character, not the actor). Imagine the situation in which you sit down and have a 3-5 minute conversation with him/her. Write the dialogue of your conversation with the character.
Consider some of the following questions:
- What does this film make you think or wonder about?
- From this film, what did you learn about life, about different places, about history, about science, about religion, and so on?
- What is the film really about?
- Do you think the title is appropriate?
- What are some of the most important ideas?
- Were there parts of the film you didn’t understand?
- What does the film make you want to learn more about?
- What lessons does the film teach about life?
- Where else could the story take place?
- Could the setting be a real place that exists now?
- In any other time or place, how would the story change?
- Who is the most important character?
- Who is the most interesting character?
- Which character taught you the most?
- What seems to drive this person to action?
- What action tells us most about this person?
- What action affects your feelings about this person?
- What are some basic character traits of this person?
- What is the greatest weakness of this person?
- How does this person relate to other people?
- What is special or important about this person’s moral or religious life?
- How does this person change or mature?
- What personal insights enlighten this person?
- What in our world would shock the central character most?
- What would make anyone know this character didn’t fit in our world?
- What serious matters could you talk about with this person?
- What important values would you disagree on?
- What would your parents think about this character?
- What social causes would this person support?
- What television programs would be most appealing to this character?
- What would be the political affiliation, if any, of this person?
- What religious dogma would be most appealing or disgusting to this character?
“The story of a man, incomplete in himself, taught to be a human by his sworn enemy, an alien being who leaves with the human its most important possession: its future.” from iUniverse
Do you believe that love can be as painful or as wonderful as many popular songs suggest?
You probably have friends who have demonstrated some pretty strange behaviour when they have fallen in love. Perhaps you have acted strangely when you have been in love. What do you think happens to people when they fall in love?
How would you handle a situation in which you were forbidden by your family to associate with a young man or woman whom you really wanted to see? Do you believe it’s possible for two young people to fall in love when they don’t really know very much about each other?
What advice would you give to a friend who you felt was making a hasty or unwise decision? What is your experience of the kind of advice adults tend to give teenagers about falling in love?
What does the expression “love is blind,” mean to you?