'Poetry is ... what makes my toenails twinkle' (Dylan Thomas) If poetry is what makes your 'toenails twinkle' and you enjoy listening to poets reading their work, there are two excellent resources on the web: The Poetry Archive and Poetry Quartets.
The Poetry Archive is a treasure-trove of English-language poets reading their own work. Some are historic recordings, some have been made sp ecially for the Archive. The Historic recordings section includes readings by Robert Browning, Roald Dahl, T S Eliot, Siegfried Sassoon, Dylan Thomas and William Butler Yeats, among others. There are also recordings of contemporary poets such as Seamus He a ney, Ruth Padel and Kathleen Jamie. If you'd like to listen to some of the poets who have visited Argentina in recent years, you will find recordings by Simon Armitage, John Burnside, Ian McMillan , Jean Sparckland and Owen Sheers.
Resources for teachers
If you would like to bring poetry to life in your school, you might like to use the recordings and interviews in class or check the Teachers' section in the Poetry Archive. These pages are specially designed to help teachers and students to get the most o ut of the Poetry Archive. There are lesson plans and activities for all ages and for the inclusive classroom. Their plans include a forum for teachers to discuss their experiences, as well as a space where you will be able to create your own teaching materials and share them with colleagues. This section also has an excellent list of links to other websites on poetry.
The Children's Poetry Archive
This part of the Archive is full of poems chosen specially for children. Meet old favourites and make new discoveries. Jean Sprackland, who visited Argentina in September, is currently the guide on this part of the website, sharing her favourite poems with children.
The Poetry Quarters
The British Council, in collaboration with Bloodaxe Books , have produced a series of contemporary poetry recordings featuring poets reading and talking about their work. You can listen to free audio extracts of the recordings online. Some of the poems also have flash movies to accompany them .
British Council, Argentina
18th. Century Poem Analysis
The differences between eighteenth-century literature and romantic poems, with respect to history is constituted here. This is seen through the influential works of John Keats and Alexander Pope.
Tao Te Ching 14
You look at it, but it is not to be seen;
Its name is Formless.
You listen to it, but it is not to be heard;
Its name is Soundless.
You grasp it, but it is not to be held;
Its name is Bodiless.
These three elude all scrutiny,
And hence they blend and become one.
Its upper side is not bright;
Its under side is not dimmed.
Continuous, unceasing, and unnameable,
It reverts to nothingness.
It is called formless form, thingless image;
It is called the elusive, the evasive.
Confronting it, you do not see its face;
Following it, you do not see its back.
Yet by holding fast to this Way of old,
You can harness the events of the present,
You can know the beginnings of the past--
Here is the essence of the Way.
Chuang Tzu 22
Tung-kuo Tzu asked Chuang Tzu,"What is called Tao-where is it?"
"It is everywhere," replied Chuang Tzu.
Tung-kuo Tzu said, "It will not do unless you are more specific."
"It is in the ant," said Chuang Tzu.
"Why go so low down?"
"It is in the weeds."
"Why even lower?"
"It is in a potsherd."
"Why still lower?"
"It is in the excrement and urine," said Chuang Tzu.
Tung-kuo gave no
"Sir," said Chuang Tzu, "your question does not touch the essential.
When inspector Huo
asked the superintendent of markets about the fatness of pigs, the
tests were always made in parts less and less likely to be fat. Do not
insist on any particular thing.
Nothing escapes from Tao. Such is perfect Tao, and so is great speech.
The three words, Complete,
Entire, and All, differ in name but are the same in actuality. They
all designate the One."
Poesía Italiana (in Italian)
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