I teach English Literature and I very much enjoy my field of work. I also enjoy writing about the topics I deal with in my class lessons, but writing in general is an activity that enriches me deeply as it allows me to stop and ponder on various issues taking due time to express my thoughts thoroughly and carefully. Blogging, then, gives me the opportunity to look at life, and not only literature or art, at a slower pace to drink in all its beauty. Insegno inglese in un liceo linguistico e lo faccio con grande entusiasmo e piacere. Mi diverto anche a preparare dispense per i miei studenti, ma la scrittura in generale mi appassiona perché mi consente di riflettere su svariati argomenti prendendomi il tempo necessario per analizzarli ed esprimerli con cura. Tenere un blog, dunque, mi offre la possibilità di osservare la vita, e non solo la letteratura o l’arte in genere, con uno sguardo più attento per coglierne tutta la bellezza.

Excerpts from “Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus”, M. Shelley (1818)

Excerpts from “Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus”, M. Shelley (1818)
Ch. 13 and 24.

“The Little Black Boy”, by William Blake

Textual Analysis From Songs of Innocence (1789)              My mother bore me in the southern wild,              And I am black, but oh my soul is white!              White as … Continue reading “The Little Black Boy”, by William Blake

REPORTED SPEECH – part 2

It’s easier than you think, a quick and brief guide to master Reported Speech. Needless to say that practice is also essential.

REPORTED SPEECH – part 1

It’s easier than you think, a quick and brief guide to master Reported Speech. Needless to say that practice is also essential.

TRENT’ANNI DI “RIFORME” NEOLIBERISTE CONTRO LA SCUOLA PUBBLICA

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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Video Lesson

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is the second of the three writers of the Augustan Age discussed in the English Course addressed to 4th year Secondary School Italian Students. The video lesson discusses Swift’s writing techniques and the strong criticism towards political, social and religious controversies of his time through a mastery of satire largely used in his works. The two main works discussed are his masterpiece, “Gulliver’s Travels”, published in 1726 and “A Modest Proposal” a pamphlet of political satire, published in 1729.

Jonathan Swift

Excerpt from “A Modest Proposal” by J. Swift

A satirical pamphlet in which Jonathan Swift denounces the incompetence and inadequacy of the English government regarding the Irish issue and its people’s despairing situation during his time.

Daniel Defoe (The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders) Video Lesson n. 2

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) is the author of “The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders” (1722) one of his two most renowned novels, the other one is “Robinson Crusoe” which is also generally considered the first modern novel of English literature. In this novel the protagonist, Moll Flanders, can be said to be the female counterpart of the other novel’s protagonist, Robinson. In “Moll Flanders”, Defoe, unlike in his previous novel, highlights the negative aspects of the emerging industrial English society and points out at women’s poor life-conditions during this time emphasising how their struggle is much more incessant, bitter than that that the rising middle class man faces, thus causing at times mental and emotional distress. Therefore, in this case, Defoe even if he still celebrates the individual’s will power and inner strength as qualities needed to succeed, he also points out the downsides of the Augustan Age (1714-1760).

Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe) Video Lesson n. 1

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) is the author of “Robinson Crusoe” (1719) which is generally considered the first modern novel of English literature. This novel celebrates the rising middle class individual and it belongs to the Augustan Age which is an historical and literary current (1714-1760).