Poetry Aloud 2012

Poetry Aloud 2012

Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition open to all post-primary students on the island of Ireland. It is organised by Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. It is divided into three categories: Junior – 1st and 2nd Years, Intermediate – 3rd and 4th Years, Senior – 5th and 6th Years. Participants from must recite two poems from the list provided. Regional heats take place between 15th and 26th October all around the country. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 26th September. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students at Franciscan College Gormanston. Ask your English teacher for more information.

The Witches in ‘Macbeth’

Some points on the Witches to include in your essay:

They represent evil and cosmic disorder.
Their words are full of equivocation – evil works through deceit and false appearance.
They are perverse .
They create a sinister atmosphere.
They call themselves ‘the weird sisters’.
At the start of they play, they purposely seek out Macbeth in order to try to corrupt him.

It is Macbeth’s own choice to believe them – they cannot force him to do anything.

Some quotes:
‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair.’

‘Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempst-tost.’

‘What are these,
So wither’d and so wild in their attire,
That look not like th’inhabitants o’ the earth,
And yet are on’t? Live you? Or are you aught
That man may question? You seem to understand me,
By each at once her choppy finger laying
Upon her skinny lips: you should be women,
And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
That you are so.’

‘If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favours nor your hate.’

‘And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s
In deepest consequence.’

‘How now, you secret, black and midnight hags!’

‘Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff;
Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.’

‘Be bloody, bold and resolute; laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth.’

‘Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him.’

6th year ‘Macbeth’ essay

6th years,

You are currently planning and preparing an essay on ‘Macbeth’. Here is a reminder of that essay:
Discuss the view that Lady Macbeth has more in common with the Witches than with Lady Macduff. Support your answer with suitable reference or quotation.

As part of your planning you should:
~Give one A4 page to Lady Macbeth, one to the Witches and one to Lady Macduff
~On each page start by writing down a list of adjectives to describe that character and add information you know about them
~Continue on each page with all the quotation you know for each character (use your book at this stage to ensure their accuracy)

You will then need to decide for yourself where you stand in relation to the question you have been asked – do you agree or disagree with the premise that has been presented to you?

This will give you the start of an excellent essay – remember that there will be a timed test this Friday 7th September.

Films on the Leaving Certificate course

Students sitting the Leaving Cert in June 2013 have the option of studying one of the following films:

‘As You Like It’ (Kenneth Brannagh)
‘Children of Men’ (Alfonso Cuarón)
‘Casablanca’ (Michael Curtiz)
‘The Constant Gardener’ (Fernando Meirelles)
‘I’m Not Scared’ (Gabriele Salvatores)
’32A’ (Marian Quinn)

Students sitting the Leaving Cert in June 2014 may choose one of these:

‘Garage’ (Lenny Abrahamson)
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (Kenneth Brannagh)
‘Children of Men’ (Alfonso Cuarón)
‘Casablanca’ (Michael Curtiz)
‘I’m Not Scared’ (Gabriele Salvatores)
‘Bladerunner’ (Ridley Scott)

Have you seen any of these movies? What is your opinion of them?