Monday, March 2, 2009

2nd BATXILLERAT - "So, we'll go no more a roving", by Lord Byron


According to the Wikipedia So, we'll go no more a roving is a poem, written by (George Gordon) Lord Byron (1788–1824), and included in a letter to Thomas Moore on February 28, 1817. Moore published the poem in 1830 as part of Letters and Journals of Lord Byron.
It evocatively describes the fatigue of age conquering the restlessness of youth. Byron wrote the poem at the age of twenty-nine.

Alas! He seemed to be tired of love too!

But now, we can leave the poet alone and start working a bit on the text.

1. SOLVE THIS CORSSWORD. Click here.


2. Now that you know some vocabulary, PUT THE WORDS IN THE CORRECT ORDER. There has been an earthquake and they have been mixed up... well, that's not true, no earthquakes here. In fact, the words just swaped places. Can you put them where the poet wrote them initially? Fortunately, they were not able to jump from a line to another.

Click here and write the poem as best as you can. You can use a piece of paper or a word processor.

Remember that you know some useful tricks: the first word in a line has got an initial capital letter, adjectives go before nouns, sentences have a word order, prepositions precede noun phrases... and rhymes rhyme.

3. Now, it's time to CORRECT EXERCISE 2.
Listen to Leonard Cohen sing the poem here or Steven Crossley say it here. Or even the English tenor Gervase Elwes (1866-1921) sing it here.

4. Now, it's time to start UNDERSTANDING the poem by yourselves. The poem makes reference to two moments of night. Which ones? Justify your answer.

5. In lines 5 and 6, you can read these two verbs: OUTWEAR and WEAR OUT. Click here to read how the COBUILD diccionary defines WEAR OUT.

Do the two words mean the same?
Which of them fit best in the poem?

6. Now it's YOUR TURN to be creative. Make a powerpoint presentation of the poem. The title slide must have the following text:

Lord Byron’s WE’LL GO NO MORE A-ROVING

A presentation by NAME SURNAME

2nd BAT A/B

IES JOAN MIRÓ

CORNELLÀ DE LLOBREGAT

You can make your own designs, drawings or photos. Remember that if you take your pictures from the internet there should be a final slide with a list of sources. You can detail them like this:

Picture number #. Taken from WEB_SITE_NAME. http://www.xxxxxxxxx

Hey, I’m not asking you for something so much sophisticated as this, but you can get some inspiration.

7. Once you have finished your presentation, please, e-mail it to me before April 14th.

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