Posts Tagged ‘English literature’

Captain Hook (J.M.Barrie, Peter Pan)

18 March 2020

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

He was never more sinister

than when he was most polite,

which is probably the truest test of breeding;

and the elegance of his diction,

even when he was swearing,

no less than the distinction of his demeanor,

showed him one of a different cast from his crew

James Barrie, Peter Pan


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chapter 5

from J. M. Barrie´s Peter Pan



Outline of English Literature & English Timeline+ (EXTRA) + BrIdGe

4 October 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

NPG 212; William Blake by Thomas Phillips

[William Blake, poet]

A brief outline of English Literature


Ҭ Allegory: an allegory is a narrative in which the characters often stand for abstract concepts. An allegory generally teaches a lesson by means of an interesting story.

¨ Alliteration: the repetition at close intervals of consonant sounds for a purpose. For example: wailing in the winter wind.

¨ Allusion: a reference to something in literature, history, mythology, religious texts, etc., considered common knowledge.

¨ Ambiguity: Double or even multiple meaning.

¨ Analogy: a point by point comparison between two dissimilar things for the purpose of clarifying the less familiar of the two things.” (…)

-via englishcorner altervista. org-

A Brief Outline of English Literature


English timeline

-via The British Library-


Magna Carta, 1215

English timeline (The British Library)



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“The Lady’s Yes” (Elizabeth B. Browning)

8 June 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Elizabeth B. Browning

The Lady’s Yes


“” ” Yes !” I answered you last night ;

” No !” this morning, Sir, I say !

Colours, seen by candle-light,

Will not look the same by day.

When the tabors played their best,

Lamps above, and laughs below —

Love me sounded like a jest,

Fit for Yes or fit for No !

Call me false, or call me free —

Vow, whatever light may shine,

No man on your face shall see

Any grief for change on mine.”


Read the complete poem here:

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E. B. Browning´s biography (@Wikipedia)


Chronological timeline of English literature (Oxford)

10 April 2019

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Year Event
c. 800
c. 950
c. 1300
c. 1340
c. 1367
c. 1375
c. 1387

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How to quote a tweet academically

17 November 2018

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

Portrait of Meyer Berger of the THE NEW YORK TIMES. (Photo by Roy Stevens/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Some weeks ago I wondered how to quote a tweet academically because the modern world of today confers relevance to the minimum digital unit of communication– that is, the tweet-. Tweets behave somehow as verses, maxims or proverbs


Modern Language Association homepage:


I have found out the MLA citation pattern by means of personal interest on English Literature via the University of Murcia (Spain), @UMU on Twitter. Here it is the Modern Language Association rule.


An example:

Gates, Melinda. “Today, Bill and I were deeply humbled to accept France’s Legion of Honour award on behalf of all our foundation’s partners and grantees.”


Click on the link below to see the PDF.


Some pieces of advice on readers

15 November 2015

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

reader rob cru

reader: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Oxford Bookworms)

Whenever you read a line in loud voice try to do your best. We learn a foreign language by imitating sounds and rhythms. Remember that some words such as “island”, “walk”, “half”, “could”, “would” contain mute letters (the “s” is mute in “island” and the “l” is mute in the following words mentioned above “walk”, “half”, etcetera)

There is a typical confussion with the verb “to live” (vivir) [pronounced with a short i] and the noun “life” (vida) [pronounced /ai/ ]

Reading a story, a short story helps us to revise and consolidate verbal tenses and formulas as in “I didn´t want that” (the negative form of the simple past tense with lexical verbs). Vocabulary matters too.

The English language has its own tricks called “false friends” which lead us to misunderstanding words. (Examples: library does not mean “librería” but “biblioteca”, actually does not mean “actualmente” but “realmente”, exciting does not mean “excitante” but “emocionante”)

Do not forget the correct use of verbal tenses. I have written (present perfect simple) must be translated as “yo he escrito” (pretérito perfecto compuesto). Some messages in a text might seem difficult to understand although most times they aren´t. Take this one, for example:

Have you ever been alone?

This is a present perfect simple tense in the interrogative form. The word “ever” is the problematic point here. For questions in the present perfect “ever” means “alguna vez”.

Grammar is always vital in language.

Reading a story implies understanding a plot, empathising with the characters, and learning words and expressions. While you read a book take a pencil and a dictionary. Underline words, verbs, take notes, circle proper names.

A big mistake some students make when reading a novel consists of forgetting the author´s name or what´s worse changing the author´s name for the protagonist of the story. So, we hear in the classroom that the author of Daniel Defoe is Robinson Crusoe. [It is the other way round: the author of Robinson Crusoe is the writer Daniel Defoe]


Be good & good luck!    


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