Category Archives: English 2: Literature and Composition

Julius Caesar Video

Here’s Julius Caesar, performed on BBC Shakespeare. Enjoy! Details from original Youtube page: The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and produced by BBC Television. It … Continue reading

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Composers in Death Comes for the Archbishop

Among the composers mentioned in Death Comes for the Archbishop are Giuseppe Verdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Stephen Foster. Here are a few works of theirs to enjoy; your library may have other works by these composers. Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco … Continue reading

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Heart of Darkness Opera

Composer Tarik O’Regan has written a chamber opera based on Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness. Here is a video interview in which the composer discusses the process of creating the opera. This clip contains a spoiler, so be sure … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Resources

Edward Lear Resources John Cousin tells us that Edward Lear (1812-1888) was an “artist and miscellaneous author [who was born] in London and settled in Rome as a landscape painter. He was an indefatigable traveller, and wrote accounts, finely illustrated, … Continue reading

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear           I. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey, and plenty of money Wrapped up in a five-pound … Continue reading

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John Dryden Biography

John Dryden Biography Family and education Early adult life Prolific playwright Poet Laureate Poetry and politics Religious matters Reversal of fortunes Life overview Sources     Family and education Poet, dramatist, and satirist John Dryden (1631-1700), was born at Aldwincle … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde Resources

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an immensely gifted writer who produced a large variety of work ranging from humorous to tragic; he had the capacity to be ridiculous (The Importance of Being Earnest) as well as deadly serious (De Profundis). Here … Continue reading

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Walden Pond photos

Enjoy these images of the Walden Pond that inspired Thoreau.   Related Content:Walden Pond Video Here is a brief video of Walden Pond with narration…Literature and Composition Videos Videos referenced in Literature and Composition (E2): Unit 1 1927…Honors Texts for … Continue reading

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The Jumblies by Edward Lear

THE JUMBLIES by Edward Lear I. They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their friends could say, On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day, In a … Continue reading

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The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll “The sun was shining on the sea, Shining with all his might: He did his very best to make The billows smooth and bright— And this was odd, because it was The … Continue reading

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