Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are our most powerful weapons. MALALa

Geoffrey Chaucer

I really liked "The Canterbury Tales" because I enjoy this type of poem, in which you can read each story separated from the other but you can understand them anyway. The only thing that made me feel angry is that he hadn't had the possibility to finish his work, so the poem is incomplete. I'd really like to know how it would end.

The best character for me is The wife of Bath, because she is very histrionic and she is an intricated but beautiful character.

Her story is the only one I read, but I found it very interesting and peculiar. I have thought a lot about the question that the Queen Guenevere asked to the knight: "What is it that women most desire?". His answer was freedom, and I think that this is a good answer, but I haven't found my own yet.

William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan age

I was very surprised by the fact that even today we use so many words in english coined by Shakespeare and we don't realize that. Some of my favourite:

If you have slept not one wink
It's greek to me
More in sorrow than in anger

One of the activities that I didn't really like was the creation of new swear words, because I don' like them and I don't use them even in Italian. Instead, I really enjoyed reading the sonnets of Shakespeare. But before them, we have studied the age in which Shakespeare lived, to understand better the situations described by his works.

The Armada Portrait

I think that Queen Elizabeth I has been a great ruler. She had the temperament that a good leader must have. She faced a lot of complicated situation but she overcame them.

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end; Each changing place with that which goes before, In sequent toil all forwards do contend. Nativity, once in the main of light, Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown’d, Crooked elipses ’gainst his glory fight, And Time that gave doth now his gift confound. Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow, Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth, And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow: And yet to times in hope my verse shall stand, Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.

My favorite sonnet (among those that we have read) is "Like as the waves". The meaning of that poetry is that time is responsible for the down fall of men, but the only thing that is immortal is art. To be remembered in the future, we have to leave a mark, that could be a painting as far as a writing

We finally arrived to the plays of Shakespeare. We esaminated some acts of Hamlet and I am so fascinated by the immagination that the writer had to think about this play. The only thing that I knew about this work of Shakespeare was the famous lines

to be or not to be: that is the question

But I found that Hamlet is more interesting than that. I really liked the figure of the ghost, because he is plenty of contraddiction. He wants his son to be understanding and kind with his mother, the queen, although she had betrayed him; but at the same time, if he hadn't asked Hamlet to revenge him, is son won't have died. I also enjoyed the topics covered by the tragedy, in particular the theme of madness. Throughout all the play, we don't understand if Hamlet is truly insane or he is pretending to be mad. On one hand he is very upset of his mother and he acts cruely against her; on the other hand he prepares his revenge minutely.

I searched informations about the character of Ophelia, because I was fascinated by her. She is between two contraddiction: her brother and her father believe that Hamlet would use her but her heart tell her the opposite. She is deeply in love with Hamlet. This dilemma force her into madness

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Camilla Colanero


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