In these Activities, you will have the opportunity to dive into the world of poetry and improve your understanding of the rhythm and flow of the English language. By listening to, reading, and studying poetry, you will gain a deeper understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols, which will in turn improve your pronunciation. Not only will you learn about the poems and poets themselves, but you will also gain insights into the background and inspiration behind the writing. To solidify your learning, interactive exercises are included to test your knowledge of vocabulary and other aspects of the poems.
The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is an essential tool for any student or teacher of the English language. Developed in the 19th century, the IPA provides a standardized way to represent the sounds of speech in written form. The British English IPA chart includes 44 symbols that represent the monophthongs, diphthongs, and consonant sounds of spoken British English. The Britlish Library offers a wide range of activities to help you master the British English IPA symbols, improve your pronunciation, and take your English language skills to the next level. Whether you're a student or a teacher, our activities are designed to help you learn, remember, and effectively use the IPA in your English language studies.
These Activities are designed to help you improve your pronunciation and communication skills in English. Whether you have a strong grasp of grammar and vocabulary or not, clear pronunciation is essential for effective communication. Through these activities, you will learn the nuances of English speech, including elision, simplification, intonation, stress, and rhythm, and develop the ability to understand spoken English. Additionally, you will gain a deeper understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols and improve your pronunciation, making you a more confident and effective communicator in the English language.
Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.
Reading classic literature is a great way to improve your English language skills. Not only will you be exposed to a wide range of vocabulary, but you'll also gain a deeper understanding of English culture and history. The Britlish Library offers a variety of activities that are designed to help students understand and appreciate classic literature in English. Whether you prefer to sit back and listen to an audiobook or dive into the text itself, these activities will provide a fun and engaging way to improve your listening and reading skills. So, if you're looking to take your English language skills to the next level, consider exploring the world of classic literature with the Britlish Library.
Reading is an effective way to improve one's understanding of the English language. However, listening is a more challenging skill that requires dedicated practice and development. The Britlish Library offers a variety of activities that focus on the speech features of native English speakers, such as elision, simplification, intonation, stress, and rhythm. These activities aim to help students understand and effectively listen to spoken English, including the nuances and variations that may occur in conversation. By working through these activities, learners can improve their listening skills and gain a deeper understanding of the English language.
Written sometime between 1790 and 1792, Blake's The Tyger is one of the most famous of English poems much loved by children and adults alike. The poem asks questions about what sort of creator would come up with something as fearful as a tiger. This lesson will teach you the poem, some background details about the poet, the vocabulary in the poem, and the IPA symbols used to represent the pronunciation of the poem. There is much debate today about the pronunciation of the words eye and symmetry and whether in Blake's time they rhymed or not.Popular Poetry Course
by William Blake (1757-1827)
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies,
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
William Blake (1757-1827) was a visionary English poet, painter, and printmaker. Considered mad by his contemporaries because of his eccentric views, he enjoyed little literary success during his lifetime. He left school aged ten and was educated at home by his mother, who allowed him to read the subjects that most appealed to him. He was greatly influenced by the Bible which in turn influenced much of his work. His early love of drawing saw him apprenticed to an engraver, a profession he took up after his apprenticeship ended.
Written sometime between 1790 and 1792, Blake's The Tyger is one of the most famous of English poems much loved by children and adults alike. The poem asks questions about what sort of creator would come up with something as fearful as a tiger. It questions if the same person who created the Lamb could also have created something as terrifying as a tiger. Despite posing many questions, the poet does not attempt to provide answers, though he leads us to the inescapable conclusion that he who made the Lamb made the tiger, too.
The poem is composed of six stanzas of four lines each, and each stanza has two rhyming couplets (AABB) except for the first and last stanzas which don't have rhyming last lines. Some of the lines have seven syllables while others have eight. The insistent beat of the three stressed and three unstressed syllables (OoOoOoOo) in the fourth stanza brings to mind the steady hammer blows of the blacksmith forging the fearsome tiger in the blazing furnace of creation.
There is much debate today about the pronunciation of the words eye and symmetry and whether in Blake's time they rhymed or not. Is it possible that the eccentric Blake deliberately chose to use the word symmetry because it did not rhyme with eye, much as he chose to use the archaic spelling of tyger for tiger? Or perhaps the vowel sounds in eye and symmetry were closer in the 18th century than today, though we also see the words skies and eyes in a rhyming couplet in the second stanza. This suggests that skies, eyes, and symmetry, all rhymed back then if rhyming had been the poet's intent.
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