Last lesson we studied Paradise Lost and MacFlecknoe. I want to talk about Paradise Lost, because it is a very interesting poem.
It was written by John Milton, and he is considered as the greatest poet after Shakespeare. I couldn’t say anything about that, but the poem is good and intetesting.
It is about Satan, and humans’ expelling from heaven. The poem is interesting, because it is alike to our religion. Because of that, it is easy to remember the context. We already know about these informations.
Of course there are different things between the poem, and our religion. For example: In the poem Satan is very strong, but for us Satan is miserable, and powerless. He has no physical power to us. We have a forbidden fruit in our faith, and it is in the poem too.
As I said, there are lots of similarities between the poem and our belief. So I think remembering the poem will be easy for me.
I couldn’t attend the lesson this week. However, I downloaded the presentation, and read the informations about this week’s topic.
As I understand, that period is about the civil war, and the attempts to undo the mistakes that have been made.Also two poems were examined, but I want to talk about the civil war.
What I can see that the reason for the unnecessary deaths, and the great pains is religion. Actually the reason is not the religion, it is the untolerance to other people’s beliefs.
From the things what I read, I figured out not many people took place that bloody event. But no matter what, killing each other for little disaggrement is nothing but murder. All civil wars in the history are sad, and it ruins the lives of people.
I hope there will be no more killing or disaggrement amongs the people. Eventually, all of us come from the same ancestors.
This week we had three poems to examine. Actually one of them wasn’t a poem, it was a prayer.
First poem was The Flea. It was an interesting poem, and a little bit odd. Two lovers are bitten by a flea, they bound each other by blood. Their parents don’t want them be together. As I said, it was odd, and I think a bit of disgusting. Maybe the reason why I can not fully like this poem is that flea.
After that we looked Holy Sonnet X. It was written after the death of its poet’s wife. The idea is about the death is not strong, and fearful. The death shouldn’t be proud of itself. At the end of the poem it is said; After everybody dies, the death will die too. I think it is a good idea because when there is nobody, there will not be a job for the death.
And the last one was Easter Wings. It is a prayer and the written form of that work looks like a couple of wings. It is about fate, and its power to give people hope.
I liked the works except The Flea. I think it is not a bad thing, because it is a strange poem. I hope the following weeks I won’t feel like that about other works.
Yesterday, we saw Romeo and Juliet. We watched animated version of this work. At first, I thought I wouldn’t like it because of it was a cartoon. But later, I began to like it. It was a good love story, and there were of course deaths like every tragedy. It didn’t end well, but finally the families understood what they had done was wrong. What I want to say is, it is a good play, and it deserves its reputation.
I liked the way we were teached the lesson. Watching the animated version of a play is more memorable. When we the work visually, it is easier to hold it in the mind. Also, for there are old English words, hearing the pronunciation of these words could help us to learn the right way to say them.
I hope the classes will go on like that. It is more enjoyable for me, and I think my friends also think like that.