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This week’s lesson: The fragments of Sappho, “completed”

For a quick lesson on Sappho and lyric poetry, I asked my World Literature (third year high school) students to continue writing what may have been lost in the fragments of Sappho’s poetry. I chose four fragments for them to choose from, and from them my students created their own poems. Below are some of… Continue reading This week’s lesson: The fragments of Sappho, “completed”

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Poetry Wednesdays: Ode to a Secret Love by Pablo Neruda

This poem brings back memories of a secret that’s happily kept as one, even though everybody else is on it anyway. πŸ™‚ Ode to a Secret Love Pablo Neruda They’ve guessed our secret, you know. They see me, they see us, and nothing has been saidβ€” neither your eyes nor your voice, neither your hair… Continue reading Poetry Wednesdays: Ode to a Secret Love by Pablo Neruda

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Poetry Wednesdays: Fragment 31 of Sappho’s Poetry

After what’s probably the most eventful summer of my life — so eventful I haven’t had the time to blog everything! — I’m back doing work, preparing for the next school year. I’m reading some ancient Greek literature. All this is making me want to travel to Greece. We begin with mythology, of course, and… Continue reading Poetry Wednesdays: Fragment 31 of Sappho’s Poetry

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Poetry Wednesdays: “Falling and Flying” by Jack Gilbert

Falling and Flying Jack Gilbert Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew. It’s the same when love comes to an end, or the marriage fails and people say they knew it was a mistake, that everybody said it would never work. That she was old enough to know better. But anything worth doing is worth doing… Continue reading Poetry Wednesdays: “Falling and Flying” by Jack Gilbert

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Poetry Wednesdays: “Telephone Conversation” by Wole Soyinka

I can’t believe I haven’t posted for almost a month! The school year does this to me, so here’s a quick post. I’ve always enjoyed the poem below for its biting irony, and for how it lays bare the absurdity of prejudice (or the absurdity of thought among prejudiced people).Β A poem with a similar theme… Continue reading Poetry Wednesdays: “Telephone Conversation” by Wole Soyinka

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Poetry Wednesdays: “Get Drunk” by Charles Baudelaire

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about time — about its fleetingness, about all those Latin sayings (tempus fugitΒ – time flies; tempus edax rerumΒ – time, devourer of all things; carpe diemΒ – seize the day), about how little time I have in this world to do all that I want to do. 2012 was a terrible… Continue reading Poetry Wednesdays: “Get Drunk” by Charles Baudelaire