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«Elegy for my Father’s Father» by James K. Baxter

In literature we read our second poem on «Songs of Ourselves» . Below the poem you can find the activity we have to do.

He knew in the hour he died
That his heart had never spoken
In eighty years of days.
O for the tall tower broken
Memorial is denied:
And the unchanging cairn
That pipes could set ablaze
An aaronsrod and blossom.
They stood by the graveside
From his bitter veins born
And mourned him in their fashion.
A chain of sods in a day
He could slice and build
High as the head of a man
And a flowering cherry tree
On his walking shoulder held
Under the lion sun.
When he was old and blind
He sat in a curved chair
All day by the kitchen fire.
Many nights he had seen
The stars in their drunken dancing
Through the burning-glass of his mind
And sober knew the green
Boughs of heaven folding
The winter world in their hand.
The pride of his heart was dumb.
He knew in the hour he died
That his heart had never spoken
In song or bridal bed.
And the naked thought fell back
To a house by the waterside
And the leaves the wind had shaken
Then for a child’s sake:
To waves all night awake
With the dark mouths of the dead.
The tongues of water spoke
And his heart was unafraid.

Task: Write an obituary for the dead man- use the details from the poem ( and invent others based on evidence ) 

You should:

-Be formal/ factural/ respectful

-Focus on achievements

«Boy» extract , questions

As a homework, we had to listen to an extract of boy and then make some questions related to it.

Here you can see the task in Pilar Pando’s blog


1- How did the doctor’s action contribute to Harald having his arm amputated?

2- What was Harald’s idea to be able to eat with one arm?

3- Why did Harald and Oscar move from Norway?

4- Did Oscar and Harald get separated after they left Norway?

5- What did Oscar collect?

6- What is a shipbroker?

7- Who did Harald form a partnership with?

8- What did cole mean to shipbrokers?