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The session at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) was dedicated to the 205th anniversary of the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The club members watched a slide show about the biography and poetic heritage of Longfellow.
The information was illustrated with several You Tube videos:
- about the poet’s memorial house;
- the recitals of popular poems by native speakers,
- a modern rock group performing a song with Longfellow’s lyrics, etc.
Special attention was given to a world known poem by Longfellow – the Hiawatha. We have introduced the translation of the poem by a famous Ukrainian translator Olexander Oles. The Club members had the opportunity to compare the original text with the translation and give tribute to the challenging job of the poetry translators.
To summarize the outcome of the session we have taken a quiz about the poet’s life and work. The score was quite satisfactory – 15 correct answers out of 20 questions.
The topic of Native Americans was further continued by the proposition of an out-of-class activity: the club members were invited to attend a movie theatre and watch a new film “The one who passed through the fire flames”. The movie is about a Ukrainian man who became an Indian tribe chief after the WWII.