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Grup 3

RosalĂ­a de Castro

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ACTIVITAT B English Group 3 A: Lord Byron's She Walks In Beauty She Walks in Beauty By Lord Byron Exercise 1. Read while listening. Pay attention to pronunciation and intonation. She Walks in Beauty She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellow'd to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impair'd the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress, Or softly lightens o'er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. And on that cheek, and o'er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent!

Exercise 2. Read the translation of the poem into Spanish. Camina bella... De Lord Byron Camina bella, como la noche De climas despejados y de cielos estrellados,


Grup 3

Rosalía de Castro

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Y todo lo mejor de la oscuridad y de la luz Resplandece en su aspecto y en sus ojos, Enriquecida así por esa tierna luz Que el cielo niega al vulgar día. Una sombra de más, un rayo de menos, Hubieran mermado la gracia inefable Que se agita en cada trenza suya de negro brillo, O ilumina suavemente su rostro, Donde dulces pensamientos expresan Cuán pura, cuán adorable es su morada. Y en esa mejilla, y sobre esa frente, Son tan suaves, tan tranquilas, y a la vez elocuentes, Las sonrisas que vencen, los matices que iluminan Y hablan de días vividos con felicidad. Una mente en paz con todo, ¡Un corazón con inocente amor! Versión de F. Maristany ( http://amediavoz.com/byron.htm ) Exercise 3. Read the poem “She Walks In Beauty” by Lord Byron again. Some critics think that it is addressed to her half-sister Augusta Leigh. Discuss what you learnt about her and Lord Byron in ACTIVITY A. We think that the poem is written for his sister because he describes her, she was his half sister and some people thought that they were in affair. Exercise 4. This poem was included in the Hebrew Melodies, which was a book of songs with lyrics and it was published in 1815 with musical settings. This means that this poem was first intended to be a song and through the years these lines have been heard in many places. Have a look at the beginning of the film Vanity Fair and listen carefully to the song that opens the film. Vanity Fair, beginning Exercise 5. Now try to answer the following questions. You can help yourself with the translation into Spanish and/or Catalan. Remember to write the ideas in English. 1. What is the poet describing? At his sister. 2. What does Lord Byron compare the lady to in the poem? He compared to the night.


Grup 3

Rosalía de Castro

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3. Which words from the poem are used to describe the lady physically? He uses rods like “meet in her aspect and her eyes, and in that cheek, and o’er that brow, so soft, so calm, yet eloquent”. 4. Which words from the poem are linked to her internal description? She’s pure, innocent, sweet express, and a peace mind. 5. In the line “And all that's best of dark and bright”, how can you explain the fact that the poet describes her using this contrast? She has black hair and white skin, and these factors draw the attention in the poetry. Exercise 6. Once you know a little bit about why and how Byron wrote his poem She Walks in Beauty, you will need to choose one of the three parts into which it is divided. Read it carefully, help the computer specialist to find images related to the poem, make a selection of lines, record them with your voices (remember you can mix Catalan, Spanish and English) and be original in your presentation. To do this you can use the following pattern. You can design it on paper before turning your poems into a video presentation.


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