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World Poetry Day: 28 of poetry's most powerful lines ever written. The rhythm of the tongue brings wordless music into the air; it is in poetry that the human essence is refined to such ritualistic purity.

World Poetry Day: 28 of poetry's most powerful lines ever written

It's in the steady beats, the sonorous rise-and-fall of speech; for a moment it appears as if all the mysteries of the world have unlocked themselves to our private view. It's these works which are celebrated on World Poetry Day, falling on 21 March, in which UNESCO recognises the moving spirit of poetry and its transformative effect on culture. BBC Learning English - Dramas from BBC Learning English. Rare recording of Virginia Woolf. Elements of a Story. Home | Catalog | About Us | Search | Contact Us | Site Map | © Annenberg Foundation 2016.

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Literature. The 100 best novels written in English: the full list. 1.

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678) A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic. 2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719) By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions, spin-offs and translations. 3. A satirical masterpiece that’s never been out of print, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels comes third in our list of the best novels written in English 4. Clarissa is a tragic heroine, pressured by her unscrupulous nouveau-riche family to marry a wealthy man she detests, in the book that Samuel Johnson described as “the first book in the world for the knowledge it displays of the human heart.” 5. Tom Jones is a classic English novel that captures the spirit of its age and whose famous characters have come to represent Augustan society in all its loquacious, turbulent, comic variety. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips.

The above map is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature.

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips

It includes every place-name reference in 12 books about cross-country travel, from Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872) to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (2012), and maps the authors’ routes on top of one another. You can track an individual writer’s descriptions of the landscape as they traveled across it, or you can zoom in to see how different authors have written about the same place at different times. Most interestingly of all, for me at least, you can ruminate about what those differences say about American travel, American writing, American history. A word to close readers: I hand-typed most of these 1,500-plus entries and located their coordinates as best I could.

Some were difficult to track down. To be included, a book needed to have a narrative arc matching the chronological and geographical arc of the trip it chronicles.

Oscar Wilde

VirginiaWoolf. Shakespeare. Teaching a poem. Any authentic material exposes students to some ‘real English’ and can be very motivating for your students, provided they are supported throughout the task.

teaching a poem

The other great thing about poems is for students to have the opportunity to see the language work creatively and freely. Poems can be used in many different ways and the more you use them the more uses you’ll find for them. Where can I get the poems from? Finding poems to use is now incredibly easy with the internet. You can find lots of poems by simply typing in the author and the first line or title.

If you make worksheets using the poem be sure to acknowledge the author’s name and the source. How do I choose the right one for my class? The first thing to consider when you’re selecting a poem for your class is the level of language. What activities can I do with a poem? Introduce a topic Poems can be a really nice way into a topic. Ordering the poem Rhyming words Obviously, some poems lend themselves well to looking at pronunciation.

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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler. What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"?

How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images. What do Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish have in common? They are all fantasy constructed languages, or conlangs. Conlangs have all the delicious complexities of real languages: a high volume of words, grammar rules, and room for messiness and evolution.

John McWhorter explains why these invented languages captivate fans long past the rolling credits. 11 Lessons That 'Jane Eyre' Can Teach Every 21st Century Woman About How To Live Well. Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" was published on this day in 1847.

11 Lessons That 'Jane Eyre' Can Teach Every 21st Century Woman About How To Live Well

While I'm a very big fan of most Victorian literature, "Jane Eyre" made an impression on me that other novels formerly hadn't. "Jane Eyre" is not just a gothic romance novel. Literary Periods Timeline. Literature Study Guides - SparkNotes. The Norton Anthology. English 101: English Literature Course.