The last film I saw is Nuovomondo, literally “new world” and also known as Golden Door. It is a 2006 drama film based on a family’s migration from Italy to New York. at the beginning of the 20th century. The film, written and directed by Emanuele Crialese, opens on location in Sicily and concludes in the United States.
The story is really touching. This Sicilian family, who cannot speak a single word of Italian and even don’t undertand where they live and that they are Italian, is seeking for fortune in a New World. From some postcards they believe that the USA are all milk and honey. The long trip journey to north America and the scenes in Ellis Island make it possible for the audience to understand the difficulties and struggles that all migrants have to face all over the world, even nowadays.
I highly recommend it. It is an enlightening movie, to be seen!
And you? What have you seen recently?
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!
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
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.
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 […]
via POLL: What’s Your Favorite Poem? — Nerdy Book Club
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/