Activity 1 At the end of the previous class, I will give this assignment to the students. Find out who Mathew Arnold was and what he did in his life as preparation for our next class. In our next class we shall start by reporting on your findings.
Activity 2 Class collaboration. Reconstruct the biography of Mathew. Go to your classmates and find out what information they have about. Reorganise your finding in a chronological order. First the name of the person from whom you got the information, the date and the event.
Activity 3 Listen to this poem: “Buried life”, by Mathew Arnold You shall listen to this ascept two times. On the third listening you shall write down what you hear as some of dictation Now we shall listen again to correct. Finally we shall read the poem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKUcYwo8SzY
Buried life by Mathew ArnoldBut often, in the worlds most crowded streets,But often, in the din of strife,There rises an unspeakable desireAfter the knowledge of our buried life,A thirst to spend our fire and restless forceIn tracking out our true, original course;A longing to inquireInto the mystery of this heart which beats So wild, so deep in us, to knowWhence our lives come and where they go.And many a man in his own breast then delves,But deep enough, alas, none ever mines!And we have been on many thousand lines,And we have shown, on each, spirit and power,But hardly have we, for one little hour,
Buried lifeBeen on our own line, have we been ourselves;Hardly had skill to utter one of allThe nameless feelings that course through our breast,But they course on for ever unexpressd.And long we try in vain to speak and actOur hidden self, and what we say and doIs eloquent, is well—but tis not true!And then we will no more be rackdWith inward striving, and demandOf all the thousand nothings of the hourTheir stupefying power;Ah yes, and they benumb us at our call!Yet still, from time to time, vague and forlorn,From the souls subterranean depth upborneAs from an infinitely distant land,Come airs, and floating echoes, and conveyA melancholy into all our day.
Activity 4 Vocabulary In groups of 3 discuss the meaning of the following words according to the context in which they are used in the poem: 1. din 2.Restless 3. tracking 4. Whence 5. delves 6. Mines 7. course 8. Forlorn Compare your findings with other groups Find out other meanings of the same words in an English dictionary
Activity 5 Recite the verse you love most of this poem ( use gestures to express your feelings) Tell us why it is so special to you Look for the entire poem and read on your own. For the next class bring each a poem of Mathew Arnold acompanied by a drawing of your own. We shall make a collection of his poems for our class library. END