Thursday, 23 April 2015

HAPPY 451ST BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE!


Today it is William Shakespeare's 451st  birthday! 
Here you can find some interesting videos about the Bard and  his influence on some acclaimed theatre performers.
And now let's enjoy the most perfect of all Shakespearean movies ...


Thursday, 16 April 2015

REVISING CHARLES DICKENS


Here you can find useful material to revise Charles Dickens.
Here you can find a PDF presentation about the Victorian novelist and his work.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

GREAT EXPECTATIONS


Great Expectations is a bildungsroman which depicts the personal growth and emotional development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Charles Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. It was first published as a serial in Charles Dickens's weekly periodical  All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861,  the novel was published in three volumes.
It is set  in the misty marshes of Kent,  and in London, in the early to mid-1800s, and contains some memorable scenes, such as the opening, in a graveyard, where the young Pip is approached by the escaped prisoner, Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is full of intense imagery – poverty, prison ships and chains, and fights to the death – and has a variegated cast of characters who have entered popular culture. These include the spectral  Miss Havisham,  and the cold and gorgeous Estella. The themes of the novel include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the final triumph of good over evil. Charles Dickens felt Great Expectations was his best work, calling it "a very fine idea".
Now let's watch the 1999 BBC television film adaptation of this handsome novel. 




Thursday, 9 April 2015

WATCHING CARTOONS ONLINE


Today's suggestion? Why don't you take some time off and watch some lovely animated movies online? Enjoy!




Tuesday, 7 April 2015

ROMEO AND JULIET ON THE BROADWAY STAGE


Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad have taken on the title characters in a modern adaptation of the timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy this Broadway stage production of the Bard’s most well-known tragedy!
Read here the NYT review.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

APRIL


"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
William Shakespeare


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

COMMEMORATING CHARLOTTE BRONTË


Charlotte Brontë, the last surviving child of her family, died aged 38 and pregnant on 31 March 1855 (Easter Saturday) in Haworth.
Click here to read her most famous novel, Jane Eyre, online. 



Sunday, 29 March 2015

WHEN YOU ARE OLD ...




Click here  and here to find useful analyses of this poem by W.B.Yeats, based on Pierre de Ronsard's Quand Vous Serez Bien Vieille (1578).

Thursday, 19 March 2015

SHAKESPEARE WEEK


Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school children a great first encounter with Shakespeare. Read here.

Friday, 13 March 2015

BEOWULF


Here you can find a very detailed analysis of this Anglo-Saxon epic poem. Click here to download a PDF presentation to revise it.