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  • An Anthology of the Greatest English Poems

    by Ray

    Although the criteria for inclusion in this anthology are personal, they are nevertheless quite straightforward: the poems have to approach that superior and very rare level of excellence and poetic power epitomized for me by Wordsworth’s sublime Tintern Abbey, by Coleridge’s epic The Rime of the (...)

  • New thoughts this year 2006

    by Dylan

    Merry New Year’s everyone. Head is swimming. Booze and frolic and dance and all. It was the night. The night to imagine the world stops spinning and fills up to the brim in champagne and joy that we made with our own hands. A night to scream about being alive, life is only going to get better. (...)

  • Havana-Toronto Elementary Class Exchange

    by Thomas

    In November of the current Canadian school year, I was approached to do a "friendly" letter exchange with a school in Havana, Cuba. I checked with my grade 4/5 students to see if they would be interested in writing a class letter to students in Cuba. They were very enthusiastic to participate (...)

  • Petite anthologie de la poésie chinoise de la dynastie Tang (618-907 AD)

    by Ray

    La dynastie Tang (618-907 AD), et en particulier l’ère Xuanzong de 712-756, a été une période d’épanouissement extraordinaire de la civilisation chinoise dans tous les domaines, et notamment dans l’art et la littérature. Aucune autre civilisation n’a jamais autant prisé la poésie : les poètes étaient (...)

  • "I Love Awfully Bad Writing", by James Clarke (2005)

    by James Clark

    I Love Awfully Bad Writing
    I love awfully bad writing. Indeed I can say (with all due modesty) that I am quite good at it myself. This might explain why I am fascinated by the annual Bulwyer-Lytton Fiction Contest for the worst opening to a novel.
    Every year since 1984 San Jose State (...)

  • Laila’s Wedding Speech at the Cradle of Humankind

    by Laila

    Our Marriage
    I wish to begin with a few verses from a song by Bockshot Lefonk entitled ‘I know why the caged bird sings”.
    ‘The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but long forestill And his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom’
    A free bird (...)

  • Letters from Paris and South Africa : October-November 2005

    by David

    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005
    Hi Aneka!
    Thanks so much for your great letter!
    I’m about to sit down to dinner with Sandy and Marie, so I’ll write at more length later. Meanwhile, here are some photos we took this afternoon before Sandy’s battery went dead. Many more to come tomorrow. All my love, (...)

  • Trésor de la poésie française

    by Ray

    Quels sont les plus grands chefs-d’œuvre de la poésie française ? Certains textes magnifiques et universellement célèbres viennent immédiatement à l’esprit : La Ballade des Pendus, Le Lac, Le Bateau Ivre et Le Pont Mirabeau, notamment. Vous les retrouverez ici, ainsi qu’une trentaine d’autres (...)

  • "On va à Sylt, et pas Zut"!

    by Cybervinnie

    Pour ces petites vacances de la Toussaint, nous avons partagé quelques jours avec nos amis, Christel, Gerhardt et Caroline Schwarz, sur l’île allemande de Sylt, près de la frontière du Danemark...
    Sylt, cela se prononce "zult", ce qui a beaucoup amusé Chimène (la déclaration citée en titre est (...)