Love Through the Ages

Welcome to The Literature Stoodle!This Blog has been set up to help you become effective independent learners... and to enjoy the art of blogging. You need to set up your own Blogs to record notes, upload documents, images, videos, music, presentations whatever you like to record and analyse your wider reading. Think of it as a multi-media reading diary. WooHoo!I will upload reading material, videos of lectures to support your wider reading as well as advice from the exam board and help with coursework. I've put a link to amazon with suggestions for wider reading to the right. You can choose anything you like to read provided the subject is 'Love'. Look at the labels to pull up all the posts on specific topics. AND check in regularly.

Mrs Sims


Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Organising your Blogs

I have just been reading your Blogs and thought that you might want to start organising them. Use the Labels option at the bottom of your new posts. You will then have a list on the side of your blog which will group your posts and you will find stuff more easily. You could categorise your posts into text titles or periods or even different types of love?

British Literature and Traditions

I just found this book which looks as though it might be interesting. It focuses on the Anglo Saxon 'Beowulf', which dates prior to the period required for your study of 'Love Through the Ages', and it's more about war than love, but it's an interesting period of Literature which some of you might be interested in exploring.

British Literature: Traditions & Change | Many Voices Anthology

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

To His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell

Check out this SlideShare Presentation, but the slides from 32 to the end about the parodies of the poem are very odd. The first part of the presentation is excellent.:
What is a metaphysical poem?

Metaphysical poetry is concerned with the whole experience of man, but the intelligence, learning and seriousness of the poets means that the poetry is about the profound areas of experience especially - about love, romantic and sensual; about man's relationship with God - the eternal perspective, and, to a less extent, about pleasure, learning and art.

Metaphysical poems are lyric poems. They are brief but intense meditations, characterized by striking use of wit, irony and wordplay. Beneath the formal structure (of rhyme, metre and stanza) is the underlying (and often hardly less formal) structure of the poem's argument. Note that there may be two (or more) kinds of argument in a poem. In To His Coy Mistress the explicit argument (Marvell's request that the coy lady yield to his passion) is a stalking horse for the more serious argument about the transitory nature of pleasure. The outward levity conceals (barely) a deep seriousness of intent. You would be able to show how this theme of carpe diem (“seize the day”) is made clear in the third section of the poem.

To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell 1621 - 1678

Marvell - Metaphysical poet attempts to persuade his 'mistress' to seize the day or perhaps he is more concerned with the fleeting nature of life and beauty.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Sonnet 18 William Shakespeare

I don't know if you've heard of Pink Floyd? This is David Gilmore's version of Shakespeare's sonnet. I thought it was lovely...

Monday, 24 August 2009

Hello and congratulations to you all,
Below you will find some "last 10 days holiday reading". Read through the wider reading prose text booklet which not only lists some key novels about love through the ages, but also gives you a few more ideas on how to record your work so that you can make the best use of all your wider reading when you come to revise for A2 and use it in the exam. See you all next week and looking forward to that if not entirely euphoric about the prospect of the end of the holidays. Weren't they short?

Wider Reading Prose Texts and How to Keep your logs

Wider Reading Logs Prose Texts

The Fair Jilt - Aphra Behn (1688)

The Fair Jilt - Aphra Behn

A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Mary Wollstonecraft an Extract From

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Good Luck!

Just wanted to wish you all good luck for tomorrow! I tried to post comments on your pages, but Blogger didn't let me for some reason. I will be in school for the results tomorrow.
I will post some notes on prose through the ages tonight or tomorrow. Almost finished...

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Some work to do while I'm off to a meeting...

Good morning guys!
Sorry I have to go to an SCL all day meeting. Would MUCH rather be with you!
Anyways... Here is some work for you to do while I'm away.
I'd like you to translate this section below of "The Miller's Tale" into modern English. "Crafty Nick devises his trick!"
Use your notes and glossary to translate the section and write down a short summary of Nasty Nick's plan.
I've included the section here in case any of you have forgotten your books.

Those of you who were absent last week should check out the research task listed here. Also you should all visit 'Slideshare' to upload your powerpoint presentations to your blog so that I can check your work. Click on the link to 'Slideshare' in the links section of this page. Can't see too much evidence of your research and work so far. I'm sure you are doing it, but not really using the blogs properly yet. You can always post comments to my blog if you need help?

Also make sure you have the notes on Absolon (Absolute ass) - our courtly lover fop!
I will be in all three lessons next week. I really hope you will be there as well. These trips out/ rehearsals etc are driving me in sane.

Nicholas' Plan

Monday, 29 June 2009

Research Task for Tuesday and Wednesday 30th June and 1st July

I hope you all remembered to take sun cream to your Westonbirt day. Phoo what a scorcher!
I also hope you remember to check in to the literature stoodle now and again? I've put a few links up... under 'links' on the right here to help you research Chaucer and the art of 'Courtly Love'. I'd like you to make a power point presentation of your research.
You should include:
Definition of Courtly Love
How the tradition came to England.
What are the elements of courtly love?
What elements of courtly love are displayed in 'The Miller's Tale' so far? (Use quotations too please)
Also look up Chivalry and the middle ages
What is the Knight's code of conduct.
What kind of tale would you expect the Miller to tell in order to "answer" ("quit") the Knight's Tale in the story telling competition. You will have to consider what we have read so far in the prologue and the tale itself.
Next look up a definition of 'Fabliau' The Miller's Tale has been labelled as a fabliau. What kind of tale would you expect from a mixture of these three elements?
I hope to see you next week, unless you are off on another trip?
Mrs Sims