W.BLAKE 2 Lamb & Tyger

SESSION 2:  Here’s the poem The Lamb from Songs of Innocence

Here’s Tyger Tyger from The Songs of Experience

Very impressive is also the musical version by The BARDS

In the next video by the British Library Michael Phillips demonstrates William Blake’s printing process, explaining how it relates to his work as a poet and artist. Filmed at Morley College, London.

TRIVIA & EXPANSION: You now Know – after Dylan’s Nobel Prize ceremony when she sang his A hard Rain’s Gonna Fall, who Patty Smith is. I went to her concert in Bologna when I was your age and she was in Italy performing last year. Here she reads ‘The Tyger’ during a benefit concert for the museum Wadsworth Atheneum on October 20, 2011.

If you’re a fan of the crime series The Mentalist Blake was even quoted in one of its episodes 🙂

TASK: COMMENT ( as ORAL TESTING) Which of the two poems The Lamb & The Tyger did you like best and why? 

O.WILDE 2 The Picture of Dorian Gray

You have already read his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray as your summer set-book. Now check the video “10 things you should know about The Picture of Dorian Gray” and take down 10 notes you’ll report in class. Were you familiar with all the information?

Watch three different trailer versions of the movie and choose the one you like best motivating your choice by comparing it to the novel you’ve read. Then you’ll report in class.

1945 Adaptation: Directed by Albert Lewin; screenplay by Albert Lewin.

2004 adaptation Directed by David Rosenbaum; screenplay by David Rosenbaum. Starring Josh Duhamel as Dorian Gray.

2009 adaptation Directed by Oliver Parker; screenplay by Toby Finlay. Starring Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray; Ben Chaplin as Basil Hallward; Colin Firth as Henry Wotton.

Last but not least here’s the whole NOVEL as electronic text. I’m also adding an interesting article from The Guardian about his last work “De Profundis”;  De Profundis as one of the greatest love letters ever written. Read it.

Should you want to know more about the themes of the novel have a look at Spark Notes.