Learning English through Poems and Songs
Aims The rationale behind the package is that students will have ample opportunities to enrich their English learning experience and extend a range of language abilities through exploring poems and songs. Carefully designed and sequenced, the materials and activities in this package aim to: strengthen students’ skills of understanding and appreciating the themes, structures,features and language in a range of poems and songs;help students to respond to and give expression to the imaginative ideas, moods and feelings expressed in poems and songs through written, oral and performance means; and enable students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in their own creative production and critical appreciation of poems and songs.
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The Collected Poems
THE SONG OF THE HAPPY SHEPHERD
THE woods of Arcady are dead,
And over is their antique joy;
Of old the world on dreaming fed;
Grey Truth is now her painted toy;
Yet still she turns her restless head:
But O, sick children of the world,
Of all the many changing things
In dreary dancing past us whirled,
To the cracked tune that Chronos sings,
Words alone are certain good.
Where are now the warring kings,
Word be-mockers? — By the Rood,
Where are now the watring kings?
An idle word is now their glory,
By the stammering schoolboy said,
Reading some entangled story:
The kings of the old time are dead;
The wandering earth herself may be
Only a sudden flaming word,
In clanging space a moment heard,
Troubling the endless reverie.
Then nowise worship dusty deeds,
Nor seek, for this is also sooth,
To hunger fiercely after truth,
Thanks are due the following poets, their copyright owners and their
publishers for permission to reprint certain poems in this anthology:
JONATHAN CAPE LiMiTEi>(and Mrs. W. H. Davies) for the poems by
W. H. Davies from Collected Poems', for the poems from A Map of
Verona by Henry Reed
CHATTO & WINDUS -for the poems by Wilfred Owen; for the poems by
Peter Quennell; for "Legal Fiction" and "Letter I" by William
CLARENDON PRESS for poems by Robert Bridges from the Poems in
Classical Prosody of Robert Bridges, from October and Other Poems of
Robert Bridges, from New Verse of Robert Bridges, from New Poems
of Robert Bridges, all by pci mission of the Clarendon Press, Oxford.
JOHN DAY COMPANY- for the poems from Selected Verse by John Mani