Rebecca Harding Davis Instagram

With our teacher Lenny we created instagram accounts for some iconic characters from the 1800s as if social media had existed during their time. With Tota Lupi we chose Rebecca Harding davis, an artist from Wheeling, Virginia. Here is the instagram profile we created for her.

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Tutorials Song analysis

I don’t want to talk

About the things we’ve gone through

Though it’s hurting me

Now it’s history

I’ve played all my cards

And that’s what you’ve done too

Nothing more to say

No more ace to play

The winner takes it all

The loser standing small

Beside the victory

That’s her destiny

I was in your arms

Thinking I belonged there

I figured it made sense

Building me a fence

Building me a home

Thinking I’d be strong there

But I was a fool

Playing by the rules

The gods may throw a dice

Their minds as cold as ice

And someone way down here

Loses someone dear

The winner takes it all

The loser has to fall

It’s simple and it’s plain

Why should I complain

But tell me does she kiss

Like I used to kiss you?

Does it feel the same

When she calls your name?

Somewhere deep inside

You must know I miss you

But what can I say

Rules must be obeyed

The judges will decide

The likes of me abide

Spectators of the show

Always staying low

The game is on again

A lover or a friend

A big thing or a small

The winner takes it all

I don’t want to talk

If it makes you feel sad

And I understand

You’ve come to shake my hand

I apologize

If it makes you feel bad

Seeing me so tense

No self-confidence

But you see

The winner takes it all

The winner takes it all

So the winner takes it all

And the the loser has to fall

Throw a dice, cold as ice

Way down here, someone dear

Takes it all, has to fall

It seems plain to me

I chose this song because “mama mia” is one of the movies and plays that I like the most since I was a kid. This song is basically about giving up to the person who she’s been competing with, the person who won her lover’s heart. Their love may have been great, but it’s in the past now, it’s history. She gave him everything she could, she “played by the rules,”. Although she still loves him, she knows that he’s no longer hers, and so she must “abide” to remain what destiny proclaims. However, she remains hopeful, a “spectator of the show,” that if their relationship fails, then she too will finally claim victory.

Fence: a barrier

Dice: small cubes of food

Abide: accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation).

For many this song is inspired by the divorce of Björn and Agnetha (both members of the band), which had occurred the previous year. Björn has often denied this by saying: “in our divorce there was no winner.”

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Evening in Paradise

Before reading the poem, do research on John Milton

-What kind of writer was he? Explain.

John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse. He was a Metaphysical Poet, this means a loose group of 17th-century English poets whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits, and by a greater emphasis on the spoken rather than lyrical quality of their verse. These poets were not formally affiliated and few were highly regarded until 20th century attention established their importance. Given the lack of coherence as a movement, and the diversity of style between poets, it has been suggested that calling them Baroque poets after their era might be more useful. Once the Metaphysical style was established, however, it was occasionally adopted by other and especially younger poets to fit appropriate circumstances.

-He wrote Paradise Lost. What is it about?

Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve–how they came to be created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden, also called Paradise. It’s the same story you find in the first pages of Genesis, expanded by Milton into a very long, detailed, narrative poem. It also includes the story of the origin of Satan. Originally, he was called Lucifer, an angel in heaven who led his followers in a war against God, and was ultimately sent with them to hell. Thirst for revenge led him to cause man’s downfall by turning into a serpent and tempting Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.

Task 1

In the first lines Milton make an analogy between evening and paradice, where describes night as something nice where you rest and stay in peace, he also used this description to symbolized heaven.

Task 2

  • Day; Nikght:
  • “moon”
  • “twiglight”
  • “dark”
  • Nature:
  • “bird”
  • “nests”
  • Jewelry:
  • “glowed”
  • “brightest”
  • “majesty”
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Last Virtual Period

I worked with Felicitas Donato, and in the following virtual period we had to select 10 quotes taken from the story we had already read called Games at Twilight written by Anita Desai and analyze them.

▪ The ignominy of being forgotten – how could he face it?

This Quote represents a very important moment in the story where we can find Ravi reflecting about life and how frustrating it is to be forgotten by your own friends.

▪ “Silence by a terrible sense of his insignificante”

In this quote Ravi is going through a moment of accepting reality and how disgusting it is to be forgotten by your own friends. When someone remembers you is because he cares about you and you are significant for that person, this means Ravi wasn’t neither remembered or significant to his friends.

▪ “His voice broke with rage and pity at the disgrace of it all and he felt himself flooded with tears and misery.”

This quote represents the moment at which Ravi realized he has been forgotten. He went out of the shed and saw his friends playing another game, while he was hiding. This quote shows the exactly feeling of loneliness and disappointment, the misery and pain of not having won and being forgotten.

▪ “He had wanted victory and triumph – not a funeral.”

This quotes shows the importance of the game for Ravi. It was clear that for him it meant more than just a little kids game, and he really wanted to win. But after realizing that he couldn’t win because his friends were playing another game he had ended up in his own funeral.

▪ “…his success had occupied him so wholly that he had quite forgotten that success had to be clinched by that final dash to victory…”

This quote represents the feelings of Ravi throughout all the story. First,  he wanted to succeed and for that reason he was happy and enthusiastic. He felt as if he was the best hide and sick player. But then, when he realized that for succeeding he needed to finish the game, that was the moment he realized he was not the best player because he had not touched the wall to be a winner.

▪  He…wondered how many more creatures were watching him, waiting to reach out and touch him, the stranger.

The following quote shows how Ravi was feeling when hiding on the shelter, afraid of the dark and all the animals that could be hiding with him. He saw Raghu as the stranger who was trying to catch and touch him and the animals and creepy things he imagined were the creatures.

▪ It took them a minute to grasp what he was saying, even who he was. They had quite forgotten him.

Ravi had been forgotten. Alone in the shelter after long hours of being hided in the dark he was still playing the game, but his friends didn’t, they were already starting to play another game. As he came out of the shed and shouted that he had won and the other children stared at him in amazement, the fantasy that he had created crushed and he ended up humiliated.

▪ It was an insect…exploring him.

Ravi has chosen to hide on the unused shed. It was seldom opened and filled with the detritus of the households broken chairs and tables, old buckets and such like. He had never been inside when it was lit up, much less in pitch darkness like now. The smells emanating from the inside suggested there were different sorts of creatures hiding  in there. Ravi was glad he had got away from Raghu but also terrified by the spooky insides of the shed where nothing was visible. But there was something he felt crawling at the back of his neck, a spider!

▪ No life stirred at this arid time of day

The following quote shows the weather at India where the whole story takes place. Desai provides very vivid imagery such as this throughout the story to remind us of the dogged, unforgiving heat by direct description.

▪ To defeat Raghu…and to be the winner…would be thrilling beyond imagination.

This quote directly illustrates the theme of fantasy vs reality because it represent the part when Ravi was going to win and was so proud of himself that he didn’t realize how long he had been hiding. It represents his fantasy of being as good as the older kids.

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Ensayo sobre los cuentos de Juan Rulfo

Consigna de trabajo: “Ensayo sobre los cuentos de Juan Rulfo”.

Escribir un ensayo argumentativo en el cual se justifique la relación de los cuentos de El llano en llamas, de Juan Rulfo, con la narrativa característica de los autores del boom latinoamericano


Cuando hablamos de literatura latinoamericana es casi imposible no pensar en el llamado Boom Latinoamericano, ese fenómeno literario y editorial surgido entre los años 1960 y 1970 en América Latina.

Juan Rulfo, escritor de la época, nacido en 1917 y fallecido en 1886, vivo la época completa del boom latinoamericano. La reputación de Rulfo se asienta en dos pequeños libros: El Llano en llamas, compuesto de diecisiete pequeños relatos, y la novela Pedro Páramo.

El objetivo principal del boom, era dar a conocer américa latina, a través de la naturaleza, la política, la economía, etc.

Por un lado Juan Rulfo nos da a conocer América Latina a través de  la naturaleza, en el relato “Nos han dado la tierra”, se centra en las características y condiciones de esta dándonos una clara imagen de la tierra latinoamericana.   “Las palabras se calientan” aquí podemos ver como Rulfo nos describe la temperatura del lugar, el calor como algo exagerado y excesivo, usando un poco de magia ya que personifica a las palabras.

“ni una sombra de árbol, ni una semilla de árbol ni una raíz de nada”  Podemos ver claramente que los protagonistas caminan sobre un llano,  ya que al no haber árboles ni plantas el nivel de la tierra es el mismo en todas sus partes.El calor, que le ha traspasado el sombrero y le ha calentado la cabeza”, esta cita nos muestra de nuevo la exageración del calor y como este no sólo traspasó su sombrero sino que también le calentó la cabeza, esto nos da una clara imagen de lo fuerte que estaba el sol y el clima característico de latinoamérica.

Por otro lado Rulfo nos da a conocer latinoamérica mediante la economía y la situación política que atravesaba en ese momento.

En “la noche que lo dejaron solo” podemos ver como la situación política eran las guerras ya que continuamente nos encontramos con objetos de guerra tales como , armas y carrilleras, “el peso de los rifles” llevaban las armas encima por cualquier ataque, “se deshizo de las carrilleras” aquí el protagonista se quita los objetos que tiene encima para poder correr más rápido y para esto poder estar más liviano, estos objetos son las balas, y las armas, y esto nos representa un ambiente de guerra.

Mas adelante tambien nos damos cuenta de que el protagonista, al no dormir por muchos días ya que necesitaban estar atentos para que nos los ataquen, se queda dormido y encuentra que a sus tíos los habían colgado, es decir que el escenario político de la época era no solo violento sino también de conquista de tierras, las características que podemos ver de latinoamérica son de las conquistas.

En “Las tierras que nos han dado”  también podemos  ver como los protagonistas sufren de la corrupción, ya que el relato se trata de cómo el gobierno le saca las tierras a los mismos y les da a cambio unas que eran no solo más lejos pero sino que no les eran útiles ya que no estaban cerca del agua para cosechar, cuando ellos quisieron quejarse al gobierno no les importó demasiado la opinión de esta gente “…el llano no lo queríamos. Queríamos lo que estaba junto al río… El delegado no venía a conversar con nosotros”  .

Para concluir, Juan Rulfo en su narrativa del Llano en llamas, utiliza para describir y dar a conocer latino américa características propias de esta, tales como la política y la economía que en américa latina estaban viviendo, y la naturaleza de la misma.

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Railway networks

Argentina’s first railway was not built by a British concern, however; but the group of shareholders and engineers . included Britons. Daniel Gowland, a Briton, was vice-president of the Western Railway Company, formed in 1855 with a capital of £28,000 to build the railway, from the Parque station, where the Colon Opera House of Buenos Aires stands today, to Flores. The railway opened to the public in August 1857, after the society had borrowed another £24,000 from the government to complete work.

The company’s directors rode on horse alongside the track during the inaugural run, making a show of escorting the passengers, though in reality not sure of the safety of their own machine, which travelled at fifteen miles per hour.

Argentina’s two biggest railways were the British-built, owned and operated Central Argentine Railway Ltd and the Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway Co. Ltd, with headquarters in London. They were started at the same time, but the Southern was made in sections, while the Central was planned as a great iron road to open almost four hundred miles of sparsely populated, rich land.
The Central Argentine was not such an English line in appearance. The concession went to a North American, William Wheelwright, in May 1863. One year later another North American, Allan Campbell, presented the plans for a line running from Rosario to Cordoba over nearly 300 miles. Thomas Armstrong, who had acquired vast landholdings in the territory that the Central was to cross, became one of the railway’s principal representatives. The line started with an authorized capital of £1.6 million and was completed in 1870. Extensions to the north followed as well as south to Buenos Aires, by absorption of smaller companies. The names of the Central’s shareholders are repeated in company after company as if between them they had much of the country to themselves.

Resultado de imagen para Map of the Argentinian railway in the XIX century This is a picture of the rainway of Argentina in that time, by the influence of britain.

Resultado de imagen para Western Railway Company 1800 Western Railway Company 1800.

Resultado de imagen para Western Railway Company 2017 Western Railway Company now a days.

Resultado de imagen para Southern Railway 1800Southern Railway 1800

Resultado de imagen para Southern Railway 2017 Southern Railway 2017


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Verse Written on her Death Bed

Data about the writer and context of production:

Monck, Mary, a woman of great beauty and considerable poetical abilities, daughter of Lord Molesworth. She acquired an intimate knowledge of Latin, Italian, and Spanish literature. Chiefly residing in the country, one of a numerous family, she cultivated poetry more as an amusement than with a view to publication. She married George Monck of Dublin. After her early death from consumption, at Bath, in 1715, a volume of her poems and translations was published. Several of her pieces are given in Cibber’s Lives of the Poets.


The second daughter of a wealthy British aristocrat (with strong Irish connections) who married a chap called George Monck in Ireland and then died in 1715 (we don’t know when she was born). We also have no clear indication of what killed her, but the implications of this poem is it was some sort of long standing condition.

Her poems were published after her death, as presumably it was composed for pleasure rather than with any professional aspirations. This poem was part of a body of written on her deathbed to her husband that was later published in a collection of Poems of Eminent Ladies.

Whether this poem is based on her  life or not:

It is based on her life because the poet talks about her husband and personal feelings about him.

She was head over heels in love with this man, she believed that he was her truly soulmate and he was everything she had in the world.

When she dies she is sort of abandoning this soulmate she has although she believes that she is going to meet him again.


The poem is about True love, companionship and friendship between the writer and her husband.

As the poem goes on the themes of aging and mortality are present too.


The poem transmits a calmed tone as you read it and she tries to stay stable. But sometimes there are occasional emotional outbursts. Eventhough the tone is generally soothing and gentle.

Literary devices

Anaphora (“Thou”)

Rhymes (“employ” and “joy”)

Personal conclusion about the poem:

We believe that it is a very romantic poem that strongly transmits how fierce is the love that she feels for her husband.

We think that she should have found someone else in her life and not just hold to one person because you become very dependent of that person.

We admire how hopeful she is about meeting the love of her life again and how much faith she has.



John Legend – “All Of Me”

“Cause all of me / Loves all of you / Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections / Give your all to me / I’ll give my all to you / You’re my end and my beginning / Even when I lose I’m winning”

It is related because this woman explains how she feels deeply in love with her husband and he is everything to her. They are life soulmates, they share their life together. And she loves him so much that she must love everything about him not just his good things but also his imperfections. When love is real, it’s so strong that nothing else matters and you give in all of you to the other person.


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I Find No Peace: poem analysis

What situation is the speaker reflecting on?

The Speaker reflect his feelings about love, and his bad experiences with it.

What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?

“I find no peace, and all my war is done.”

“I burn and freeze like ice”

“Without eyen I see, and without tongue I plain”

How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?

What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?

What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?

What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?

Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?

In line 11 he indicates that relationship is one dictated by the heart rather than the head,and so he declare hating himself in consequence of loving another because  he is prepared to put himself in danger by loving another. He must not care about himself to leave him destroyed for loving another.

Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?

Because if we anylise the meaning of both words we realized that they contradict itself.

Delight: Pleasure, joy

Strife: conflict, struggle

So is Ironic because delight or pleasure is a cause of enjoyment not of strife.

To what extent do you think the paradoxes are an accurate expression of the feelings of a person in love, particularly in light of the fact that in the 16th century the completely free and unchaperoned meetings of lovers were not easily arranged?


To what extent do the paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker?


(not finished)

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Jacobins and Girondins

This is our virtual period of the week.

Find a picture that best represents the Girondins and one that best represents the Jacobins. Give the characteristics of each group at the beginning of the French Revolution. 


  • They were a radical thinking group
  • They did not want to engage in war
  • They want immediate execution of Louis XVI.
  • Rivalry with the gerondins.
  • The regin of terror, was a time when they killed those who opposed them.


  • They were a more moderate thinking group
  • They are known fot their opposite thinking with the Jacobins 
  • They suport the idea of having a war against Austria.
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Virtual Period History 12/5

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