jueves, 26 de noviembre de 2009

Final essay

Hi all,

These are the instructions, marking criteria and guidelines to write your final essay:



1. Write about 1000 words.
2. Write a catchy title that is clearly linked with your writing
3. State your purpose clearly at the beginning. Explain structure of the essay.
4. Each paragraph should contain a clear idea.
5. Use linking words between paragraphs to make the text flow.
6. Give your opinion and clearly explain your rationale behind your thinking.
7. Write a conclusion that clearly summarises the main points you´ve raised, and that shows your critical engagement.

Deadline, Friday 4 at 12.00. Please leave two copies with Normita and upload it to your blog. Also, you´ll have to upload your outline the latest Sunday 29 at midnight.

See you tomorrow,

domingo, 22 de noviembre de 2009

Auden post

Dear all,

Please remember to post your commentary on Auden´s poem by midnight, and make decisions towards what your final essay will be about so that you write your outline on our last session on Friday.

Deadline to hand in your essays will be Friday December 4 at noon (12.00). You´ll have to upload them to the blog and leave two printed copies with Normita.

Thank you. See you tomorrow,

martes, 10 de noviembre de 2009

W.H. Auden

Dear all,

Next session will be devoted to study of one of W.H.Auden´s most famous poems "September 1, 1939" . You´ll find it in the following link


After reading it discuss the following questions:
1. What do you think the last two lines of the second stanza refer to?
2. What political and historical events does the poems address?
3. What attitudes towards patriotism does the poem take?
4. What do you think the poet means by

"The strength of Collective Man"
"Out of the mirror they state, Imperialism´s face. And the international wrong".
"There is no such thing as the State"

5. What is the relevance of this poem to our times?

Also, remember to post a comment about "The Waste Land" by Eliot. Deadline Sunday15.

See you,

lunes, 2 de noviembre de 2009

T.S. Eliot

Dear all,

T.S. Eliot was born in the USA but at the the age of 25 went to live in London, and at 35 became a British citizen. He worked as a bank clerk and later became an editor for the publishing house Faber. During World War II, he served as an air-raid warden. His influence on the next generations of English poets was enormous. One of his most well known poems is "The Waste land" written in 1922, in which he complains about the lack of meaning of contemporary city life. In one of his essays about poetry "The music of poetry" 1942, he wrote: "It is not necessary in order to enjoy the poem, to know what the dream means; but human beings have an unshakeable belief that dreams mean something..."

You´ll find the poem in the following link

Read it, think of the title, sub-titles, images, characters, date in which it was written....

Also, please remember to write your post about "The Rocking-Horse Winner" and "Odour of Chrysanthemums" by D.H. Lawrence. Deadline Sunday 8.


miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2009

Friday session

Dear all,

This Friday will be devoted to finishing the last 3 presentations, and to the analysis and discussion of "The Rocking-horse winner".

Attached you´ll find a link to the "Odour of Chrysanthemums" which you should read for Friday too as we will try and draw comparisons between the two stories.

See you next class,

jueves, 22 de octubre de 2009

Dear all,

We will read two stories by D.H. Lawrence. The first one "The Rocking-Horse Winner" can be found in the following link. You should read for Monday 26.


1. What do you think is the main conflict in the story?
2. Describe the characters
3. Discuss the opposition between being lucky and rich
4. What does the rocking-horse represent?
5. Discuss the ending of the story.

See you,

domingo, 11 de octubre de 2009

About Virginia Woolf

Dear all,

Please remember to post your entry about Virginia Woolf´s "A room of one´s own". Deadline Tuesday 13 at midnight.

You may decide to focus your reflections on the main issues, or on one of them:

1. Gender issues
2. The need to have a space, both real and metaphorical to write
3. The importance of money to have that space
4. The art of writing and the impact of "interruptions" when writing
5. The stream of consciousness
6. Leisure and time to think, etc.

Also, if you wish to refer to the story "The mark on the wall" you are very welcome to do so.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!