“ In my childhood trees were green And there was plenty to be seen. Come back early or never come. My father made the walls resound, He wore his collar the wrong way round. Come back early or never come. My mother wore a yellow dress; Gently, gently, gentleness. Come back early or never come. When I was five the black dreams came; Nothing after was quite the same. Come back early or never come.
The dark was talking to the death; The lamp was dark beside my bed. Come back early or never come. When I woke they did not care; Nobody, nobody was there. Come back early or never come . When my silent terror cried, Nobody, nobody replied. Come back early or never come . I got up; the chilly sun Saw me walk away alone. Come back early or never come.” By Louis MacNeice
<ul><li>The autobiography of a man who, despite his violent father, had a happy childhood, but after his mother’s death everything change. </li></ul><ul><li>I chose this poem because I liked how the writer expressed his feelings. He used bright colours for his happiness and his beloved mother, and dark colours for his sadness and fear. I also liked the use of paradox (eg. silent terror cried) since it makes his emotions look deeper. </li></ul><ul><li>I think the pictures show the tears he must have shed when he went through all this situation as well as the ones he must have shed every time he remember it. </li></ul>
The Hind Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind, But as for me, helas! I may no more. The vain travail hath wearied me so sore, I am of them that furthest come behind. Yet may I, by no means, my wearied mind Draw from the deer; but as she fleeth afore Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore, Since in a net I seek to hold the wind. Who list her hunt, I put him out of doubt, As well as I, may spend his time in vain; And graven with diamonds in letters plain There is written, her fair neck round about, Noli me tangere, for Caesar’s I am, And wild for to hold, though I seem tame. By Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)
<ul><li>A man who gave up courting a lady. He realised it was useless to do so since she belonged to the King. </li></ul><ul><li>I chose this poem again because I liked the way in which feelings are expressed. I found the use of metaphor really interesting (eg. hunting: courting, deer: beloved), also when he said: “…in a net I seek to hold the wind.” to show the pointlessness of his persistence. </li></ul><ul><li>I think the first picture shows his physical and emotional tiredness. In second one the bench shows the empty place for another hunter and the fact that is autumn the end of his pursuit. </li></ul>
“… It would take too long to tell how I repaid the terror of the land for every life he took and so won credit for you, my king, and for all your people. And although he got away to enjoy life’s sweetness for a while longer, his right hand stayed behind him in Heorot, evidence of his miserable overthrow as he lived into murk on the mere bottom…” An extract from “The Battle of Maldon and Beowulf”
<ul><li>A man telling the tale of a fight. </li></ul><ul><li>I enjoyed reading the extracts from The Battle of Maldon and Beowulf a lot. I found extremely interesting to learn Anglo Saxon Society’s characteristics in detail as well as the Old English rhetorical devices. So I chose this extract which shows some of the central beliefs such as loyalty, revenge and fame. </li></ul><ul><li>The first picture shows the thirst for revenge and the second one all the seas that have been crossed as well as the fury the warriors felt. </li></ul>