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Katia's IRP on Pablo Neruda's Poetry
He is a chilean poet, he was born in 1904 and died in 1973. Neruda was called the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language. He won a lot of prizes one of them was a nobel prize of literature in 1971. Neruda wrote this book celebrating his love. The book is talking about the different periods in his relationship with his wife Matteld .
It says: if your eyes were not the color of moon, of a day full of clay and work and fire. this is the first line of the poem. maybe that means that this love is so beautiful but so hard it is like if we say that this love is as the most pretty rose. but the prettiest rose is the most one that have more thorns than any other tipe of flowers. it is maybe saying that love is the biggest hurt but the largest joie. we could know that he loves her so much, his life depend on her life and that this woman is everything for him. as he says: but when i hold you i hold everything that is...
The first line says: i crave your mouth, your voice, your hair. silent and starving, i prowl through the streets. It means that he strongly wants her, and he is looking for her everywhere as he misses her so much, it is saying that he is lost without her and that he is nothing if she is not by his side. she means for him a lot and he loves her much.
It is saying that the time is so short when they are together. or maybe he wants to say there is something happened and they were focusing on it then he could not enjoy her her, and now he wants to give that time to do what he could not do.
it seems that he really likes her hair. as he says: i only want to be your stylist. also he is telling that he loves her so much, as he says: do not forget me remember that i love you. also, he really needs her with him, as he says: don't let me wander lost without your hair.
The first line of this poem says: i do not love you as if you were salt--rose, or topaz...I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. it maybe means thatthis love is a secret between him and himself and that it could be something so pretty that we can see but it is not as it is invisible. but however he it is a beautiful feeling inside, as he says: i love you as the plant that never blooms but caries in itself the light of hidden flowers.he is saying that he just love her and he can not control his feeling, as he says: i love you without knowing how or when or frome where. he loves her so much and his heart, his mind and his soul are always with her, he is talking as there is two souls in one body, as he says: so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as i am fall asleep.
in the first line it says: leaning in to the afternoons i cast my sad nets towards your oceanic eyes. so, he is trying to get something from something that can not give him what he is looking for. he is putting his nets in a sad ocean where there is nothing to get,.the fire of that love is burning him and no one could take him out even water as he is talking about fire and drowning. he is lost, he is drowning in that ocean which is her eyes or love, he is lost and he wants to be in the sea or the beach, he wants to see the land, he wants to see something that tells him that he is all right and he does not need to be scared anymore, something like the lighthouse. all of these things that he wants to see are just in her eyes, all of these places where he wants to be are in her eyes. but her eyes are so far, he can not see her eyes as they are absent eyes which means that everything is absent. he says: there in the highest blaze my solitude lengthens and flames, its arms turning like drowning man s. i send out red signals acrosse your absent eyes that smell like the sea or the beach by lighthouse. his love for her gives him a courage and strength, he could do anything just to arrive to her, as he says: leaning to the afternoons i fling my nets to the sea that is thrashed by your oceanic eyes. it seems like this love hurts him someway but it still beautiful and he is fighting for it, as he said: the birds of night peck at the fast stars that flash like my soul when i love you. the night gallops on its shadowy mare shedding blue tassels over the land..
I really love these poems, i like how the poet is using the opposite language and relating everything to nature, his poems are unclear, i feel like he has some of sheakspear language as he uses a lot of medaforms and we can not understand what he wants to say exactly. if i would have an opportunity to change something in these poems i would never change anything, when i was reading them i felt that he feels what he wrote or he wrote what he felt. and if the write what he feels he makes the reader live with him what he is saying.
i am so glad because i knew this poet and i rad his poems i hope if i could read the haul book. if some one is looking for something to read i would definitively say that this book is one of the best books.
i loved it, i loved it, i loved it.
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SLA Parent University: Thursday Nov. 1st
We hope that you are safe at home weathering hurricane Sandy. What a week!
This is a reminder that we are still ON for SLA's first Parent University session, SLA 101, on Thursday, November 1st from 6-8pm.
What do your kids mean when they say “Moodle”, “Benchmark Projects”, “Standards”, and “Slate”? Wondering about how to parent a student at a laptop-based school? What to get the most out of SLA? You are invited to attend an evening with Dr. Frederic Bertley, VP of Science & Innovation at The Franklin Institute and SLA teachers for SLA 101.
Wilma Theater Residency Comes to Senior English!
9th Grade English: Macbeth Projects!
Sophomore Success in Court Competition!
Manna and Allison participate in the Marshall Brennan Project as part of their Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) at SLA.
Senior English: The Scarlet Letter, Juno, and Easy A
While studying The Scarlet Letter, Juno, and Easy A, our Sexuality and Society in Literature class examined the thematic connections between the three "texts" and crafted creative projects (accompanied by written self-reflections) that sought to capture a major theme from the works.
Senior Brett Chapman chose to focus on the idea of an individual
feeling ostracized by the larger society based on choices she/he made.
He states, "For my thematic project, I chose to focus on social
outcasts and use a teen lens. Fabricating t-shirts, each with a
different message, I explored choices some teens make that lead us to
judge and isolate them. Thus, each t-shirt is an expression of an
outcast in the 21st century. The following pictures are of teenagers
who have volunteered their time to participate in this photo shoot. The
statements printed on the shirts do not display factual information of
the models." The
T-shirts and photos are displayed on the third floor outside of Room
Senior Beth Knibbe chose to write an original song with lyrics to explore the themes of intellect vs. passion and love deeply rooted in true emotions. In her self-reflection, she expresses "I tried to start writing some lyrics [for my project] but I was coming up with nothing. I decided to think of some places in The Scarlet Letter where I saw these themes most prominently. The first part was the scene in the forest where Hester is watching Dimmesdale walk along the path before she approaches him. This got the ball rolling for me." Inspired by the text, Beth composed a listless guitar melody to match Dimmesdale's state of mind. The rest is up to you to relfect on. Download her song and take a listen for yourself.
The Wilma Theater Visits English 9!
Actors from The Wilma Theater's production of Macbeth visited Orange and Red Stream English today as part of The Wilma's Artist-in-Residence Program. Ninth grade English students have been studying Macbeth over the last few weeks in preparation to see the play at The Wilma this Tuesday evening, October 26. In the pre-show visit, these actors helped students embrace the idea of being on the stage, of living and breathing Shakespeare's language, and aided in their further understanding of the play. The Wilma Theater will return to SLA on Friday, October 29 for a post-show session with the students to discuss their impressions of the production, and to continue the effective, engaging stage work started today.