Sunday, 29 September 2013
Saturday, 28 September 2013
Knowing different types of poems can significantly help in creating interesting and unique pieces of writing.
- Ballad: A poem or song which tells a story in a simple way. Often associated with anonymous folk tales.
- Sonnet: A poem with 14 lines usually written in iambic pentameter.
- Ode: Long poem dedicated to a (generally deceased) person or object.
- Limerick: A five line comic verse which follows A, A, B, B, A syllable patterns and rhyming schemes.
- Clerihew: A four line comic verse composed of two rhyming couplets. The first line generally refers to the name of the person about whom the poem is about.
- Elegy: A poem of mourning or lamentation usually sad and reflective in nature.
Friday, 27 September 2013
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life."
(Love locks on a bridge over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa)
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Monday, 23 September 2013
Sunday, 22 September 2013
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Friday, 20 September 2013
Thursday, 19 September 2013
Although their primary purpose is to entertain the masses, it's nice to see a film every now and then that actually delivers a worthy message.
- Children of a Lesser God
- Kiss of the Spider-woman
- V for Vendetta
- City of Joy
- The Sound of Music
- Slumdog Millionaire
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- Dead Poets Society
- Educating Rita
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Monday, 16 September 2013
"Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you."
Sunday, 15 September 2013
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Friday, 13 September 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
They are grammatically ambiguous phrases that occur as the result of a writer modifying the wrong part (i.e. object, subject) of a sentence.
- After performing in the dance hall for years, the policeman finally asked the ballerina out.
- Having arrived late to school, a note was required.
- The audition was a failure, not having practiced their lines enough.
Monday, 9 September 2013
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Saturday, 7 September 2013
"The English Language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American. Military, naval, legal, corporate, criminal, jazz, rap and ghetto discourses are mingled at every turn. The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore."
-Stephen Fry, actor and comedian.
(Tower Bridge in London, England this summer)