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Get into poetry this summer!

What is poetry to you?

“If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only way I know it. Is there any other way?” Emily Dickinson

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” Robert Frost.

“I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty.” Edgar Allan Poe.

“Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.” William Hazlitt.

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” Rita Dove.

In the end, each one of us has our own definition, don’t we?

We would like to encourage you to explore the vast world of poetry this summer.

We would like you to acquaint yourself with Maya Angelou, one of the most powerful and inspiring voices in poetry, among other fields, of the 20th century.

If you want to learn about her eventful and incredibly inspiring life, you can find a lot of information about her at the following link (The Poetry Foundation):

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/maya-angelou

Here are two of many of her most well-known poems and a video of her reciting them. After reading and watching, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to hear her voice again and again.

Still I Rise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDyTu9wg_JU

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Alone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iAM-K9GgWk

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

We hope you enjoy her poems and we would love for you to share some of your own personal favorites with us!

Have a great summer!

The Big Challenge 2020

Once again this year our ESO students have participated in the English language and culture contest The Big Challenge.

They had an outstanding performance as it is shown by the results you can see below.

As you can see our school average is quite above the regional and national averages. Moreover, four Arturo Soria students of 3rd ESO have topped the regional rank.

To all of them, our most sincere congratulations. Very well done👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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Distinguished figures from the European Union

Our students from 2ª ESO have been working on their contributions to the European Ambassador School Programme. They have been researching distinguished figures from the European Union who have contributed significantly to their home nations and to the growth of the world.
Students have been conducting research about their figures’ backgrounds and lives and have specified why they have chosen them, explaining how their figure has helped the country they’re from and the global impact they have had. Students, in groups, have taken all the information they have gathered and have transposed it onto posters which they have put up on the European Ambassador Program Display.
Here are some pictures of the students preparing the display, putting their final projects next to the flag of the country their figure is from.
Congratulations to all of these students. They have worked very hard and have learned new, important information about some of the most significant individuals from countries spanning the European Union.