Sunday, October 18, 2009


Alum Lewis was a Welsh poet and soldier who dies in WW2. I´ve come accross with one of his books and it´s a real wonder. Listen to the poem "All Day it has Rained" read by Dylan Thomas. You´ll see the poem below.

All Day it has Rained

All day it has rained, and we on the edge of the moors
Have sprawled in our bell-tents, moody and dull as boors,
Groundsheets and blankets spread on the muddy ground
And from the first grey wakening we have found

No refuge from the skirmishing fine rain
And the wind that made the canvas heave and flap
And the taut wet guy-ropes ravel out and snap,
All day the rain has glided, wave and mist and dream,
Drenching the gorse and heather, a gossamer stream
Too light to stir the acorns that suddenly
Snatched from their cups by the wild south-westerly
Pattered against the tent and our upturned dreaming faces.
And we stretched out, unbuttoning our braces,
Smoking a Woodbine, darning dirty socks,
Reading the Sunday papers - I saw a fox
And mentioned it in the note I scribbled home;

And we talked of girls and dropping bombs on Rome,
And thought of the quiet dead and the loud celebrities
Exhorting us to slaughter, and the herded refugees;
-Yet thought softly, morosely of them, and as indifferently
As of ourselves or those whom we
For years have loved, and will again
Tomorrow maybe love; but now it is the rain
Possesses us entirely, the twilight and the rain.

And I can remember nothing dearer or more to my heart
Than the children I watched in the woods on Saturday
Shaking down burning chestnuts for the schoolyard's merry play
Or the shaggy patient dog who followed me
By Sheet and Steep and up the wooded scree
To the Shoulder o' Mutton where Edward Thomas brooded long
On death and beauty - till a bullet stopped his song.

For more details about his biography click HERE. Check 17/10/2009 post.

- Homework : Grammar, units 5,6,7.
- Grammar: a review on frequency adverbs, grammar,unit 94
- Vocabulary: a review on physical and personality adjectives. St. B. pg 145.
- Speaking: your ideal partner. With the adjectives seen before you had to make a short speech about what your ideal partner should be like.
- Speaking: a pair work activity to match different people with their IDEAL PARTNERS.
- Homework: Grammar, unit 94 (frequency adverbs) and workbook pg, 6,7.

- Homework: Grammar, units 3,4,5. Simple present-present continuous and simple past.
I collected the compositions about "National Stereotypes"
- Listening : Abba. St.B. p.9. Listen for details. Take notes and discuss them . Listen and read with the script at sight.
_ Phonetics: Intonation in questions.
- Vocabulary: The media. St.B. p145. Words related to the press and a filling the blanks exercise.
- Grammar: St.B. p11.Question formation. correct the mistakes in questions. Grammar Bank p130 with the rules and p. 131 with a couple of exercises. Grammar, unit 49. Questions (the first unit)
- Speaking: a handout with QUESTIONS to interview your partner. Remember you have to make a serious effort to keep a conversation or a speech going. If you run out of words or ideas make them up.
- Homework: Grammar, unit 49 about questions , workbook 1A: the reading