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?
NB: do not repeat what already said by your schoolmates. READ the previous comments. Rather than repeating, COMMENT by agreeing or disagreeing and ADDING something new. Thanks!
Next Tuesday we’re starting to read one of the greatest poets and artists: WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827). To introduce the author and spend our “precious time in class” reading his poems I’m asking you to do this post, step by step.
No other poet could better embody the pure essence of Creativity, the fight against the injustices of his time and the constant wish to balance & blend the OPPOSITE FORCES of life in a PERENNIAL QUEST FOR HARMONY, which will be one of main themes running through our syllabus. I’ve found a TV documentary you may find interesting. In order to help you while listening, I’ve created some True/False questions with EDPUZZLE.
Since Blake’s message according to the documentary was: EMBRACE A WORLD OF CREATIVITY I’ve chosen this second video animation, highly visual.
I know some of you are Art lovers so sou can see The 10 best works by William Blakein this article by The Guardian. They’re stunning and highly impressive. Some of his paintings refer to Dante’s Divina Commedia and you’ll find them familiar. The Lovers’ Wirlwind Beatrice
Show them to your teacher of Italian 🙂
The last video is an animation. Sheila Graber was Commissioned by the Tate Gallery (London) to create a movie for their 1977 Blake Exhibition. She was even invited down into the Sculpture Hall where she actually made the movie in public view – thus demonstrating how animation on cel ( a transparent sheet of celluloid or similar film material that can be drawn on, used in the production of cartoons) is actually done. It follows “The Poets” journey from Heaven to Hell and back… showing that, as Blake said, “Energy is Eternal delight and whether we create of destroy-it’s the same energy.”
Now I hope you’ll be ready and willing to know more about this great artist and read together in class some of his poems. Bye!