International Museum Day

International Museum Day. Raising awareness.

Possibly, go and visit a museum tonight!

Enjoy the beauty of our wonderful country.

Beautiful New York

05-18 Museum DayEstablished in 1977 by the International Council of Museums, International Museum Day is designed to raise awareness throughout the world of the critical importance of museums in the development of a society. This year, the theme is Museums and Cultural Landscapes. Last year, over 35,000 museums in over 145 countries participated. Here in New York, city with the third largest number of museums in the world, any day is a good day to visit a museum. But on this day, check with your favorite institution and see what special programs they may have to participate in this moment of cultural appreciation. Enjoy!

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Words have the Ability to Change Lives

I really love this girl! She is a great example for my students and not only. Here she explains how words can change lives and why poetry can be so effective and powerful for all of us, students and not only!

ENJOY this  VIDEO The potential of a poem!

 

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Voices Behind the Ink: When Poets started writing their Verses

400 years ago Shakespeare was born. Poetry is still alive. Join and write your poems 📖📖📖✒✒✒   your poems here!

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Something in Italian. #GiornataMondialePoesia16
Poets tell us when and why they started writing poetry.
So back to my question: should I teach poetry at a vocational High School? https://matenglishblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/poetry-for-life/

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Poetry: A Window to our Life

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When I was at school, it was just a compulsory activity. After High School, it became to me a solitude pleasure. Even if, I am honest here, I read poems once in a blue moon. But a poetry book always lies on my nightstand, waiting for the right moment to come to me.

April, I have recently found out, is the American National Poetry month

In the school I am teaching in, it is also a special month because it is the school poetry competition month too. We will take advantage of it to work on some creative writing activities in the classroom. This will be quite an experiment to me, teaching in a vocational High School. But I am deeply truly  sure my students will come out with the most amazing poems.

What is Poetry to me? A window. A closed window to be open, to the world of your feelings, and to the real world too. Outside Life comes in contact with your inner personal Life, and they melt together.

It is a great feeling, when you are reading THE poem. And everything seems much more pleasant and easy to understand, and you just think: Well, this poet could read my thoughts, even before I was born. This just shows us that humans can have and share the same inner thoughts and feelings.

 

I leave you with this, some of the most powerful lines I have personally ever read:

Ode to the West Wind

by

P.B. Shelley 1792 - 1822
If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share

The impulse of thy strength, only less free
Than thou, O Uncontrollable! If even
I were as in my boyhood, and could be

The comrade of thy wanderings over Heaven,
As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne’er have striven

As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh! lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!

A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed
One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.

 

Poetry rocks

One of my favorite things about spring is that April 1 rolls around and brings me all sorts of poetry as I scroll through my social media feeds. Thank you, National Poetry Month! Don’t get me wrong – I read poetry all year long. I have the Poetry Foundation app on my phone and I […]

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Voices Behind the Ink: When Poets started writing their Verses

Something in Italian. #GiornataMondialePoesia16
Poets tell us when and why they started writing poetry.
So back to my question: should I teach poetry at a vocational High School? https://matenglishblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/poetry-for-life/