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this is a test

17 Oct

Macbeth

1 May

Hello peeps… for those of you who want to know a bit more about Macbeth before tomorrow’s play!

Check these out:

http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/eng366/lectures/macbeth.htm

http://www.pathguy.com/macbeth.htm

Final thoughts on Julius Caesar

26 Apr

Juliue Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays about one of history’s greatest character. It’s a text rich in history, craftmanship, and an incisive exploration of ideals and the reality, love and loyalty, politics and power. For all its tragic elements, some commentators argue that Julius Caesar is not a true tragedy in the pure, dramatic sense of the word because it does not conform to the ‘classical’ tragic pattern (read Pg 324 of your book for an idea of what the ‘classical’ tragic pattern means) The fact that Caesar dies midway through the play and remains missing in action except later as the archetypal ghost leaves one wondering: Who, really, is the tragic hero in the play? Julius Caesar is ostensibly a key protagonist in the play, and the title obviously bears this fact well. If you were Shakespeare and were given a chance to name the play, what title might you accord it?

Before you consign your book to the storeroom or worse still, trashbin (i sure hope not!), I’d like you to think through these questions, and ponder over what you have learnt in the past 2 months of “julius-caesaring”. You might want to at this point revisit the “Introduction to Julius Caesar” by William and Babara Rosen which I printed for you previously, as a nice (ironically) closure to your study. Then take some time and think about this:

What does the play mean to you, personally? (I hope the answer isn’t “well, just another literature text”.) And if there’s one thing you take away from the play, what might that be?

Happy thinking and happy writing.

The Origins of Language

15 Apr

Another nugget from the news for you peeps! 🙂

Languages Grew From a Seed in Africa, Study Says

By NICHOLAS WADE

A researcher analyzing the sounds in languages spoken around the world has detected an ancient signal that points to southern Africa as the place where modern human language originated. Continue reading

Great Speeches

15 Apr

Some links for you if you’d like to look at some of the greatest speeches of this century and the last!

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,1841228,00.html

Send in the clowns

7 Apr

Send in the Clowns

One of the most beautiful songs around… by Stephen Sondheim. This guy composed some 800 songs, but this is the only one that became a major pop hit. But to have composed that one song that can tug at the heartstrings, albeit just one, is more than enough.(Just a trivia: Sondheim originally intended to title it ‘Send in the Fools’ but decided against it cos it lacked the ring he was looking for. Thank goodness it didn’t turn out that way, or it would really be making a a fool of itself.)

Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can’t move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I’d stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Don’t you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you’d want what I want.
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don’t bother, they’re here.

Isn’t it rich?
Isn’t it queer,
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year.

Babra Steisand’s rendition is one of my favourites, simple and not excessively overwhelming in emotions. Sang this piece for my hmp exam recently, and it turned out to be my most memorable examination thusfar. It’s when the music filled every sinew of your heart, when it gives you the goosebumps, that you hope that moment will never cease.

How to use the most beautiful punctuation in the world ;p

16 Mar

The semi-colon is an oft misunderstood punctuation mark. How do you use the semi-colon properly?

Read an article by Beth Hill on theeditorsblog.net: “Don’t Fear the Semicolon – It’s a Useful Writing Tool” to find out more!