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The Tempest

Unit Eight- Fantasy Literature

Unit Nine- Poetry

General Information for Book Four


    Example of Riddles from the Books of Exeter-- See Teacher's Edition page 322

              The culminant lord of victories, Christ,

                    Created me for battle. Often I burn

                    Countless living creatures on middle-earth,

                    Treat them to terror though I touch them not,

                    When my lord rouses me to wage war.

                 Sometimes I lighten the minds of many,

                    Sometimes I comfort those I fought fiercely

                    Before. They feel this high blessing

                    As they felt that burning, when over the surge

                    And sorrow, I again grace their going.



                Mec gesette soš      sigora waldend

                        Crist to compe.     Oft ic cwice bęrne,

                        unrimu cyn      eoržan getenge,

                        nęte mid niže,      swa ic him no hrine,

                        žonne mec min frea     feohtan hatež.

                Hwilum ic monigra      mod arete, 

                        hwilum ic frefre     ža ic ęr winne on

                        feorran swiže--     hi žęs felaš žeah,

                        swylce žęs ožres,     žonne ic eft hyra

                        ofer deop gedreag      drohtaš bete.



The Book of Exeter Texts and Translations-Contains each of the riddles in Old English and modern translation. Also contains a page of probable solutions.

Old English version of The Book of Exeter - Contains most of the poems in the Book of Exeter in the Old English form.

Riddle Poems and How to make them- An excellent resource for teachers looking for a way to help students create their own riddle poems. Brings on in Tolkien connection. Not recommended for students as it does make reference to one of the Exeter riddles with a double (more sensual) meaning.

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The Tempest-- Notes on the Tempest-- See Teacher's Edition page 331



Tales from Shakespeare-- The Charles and Mary Lamb classic prose retelling of some of Shakespeare's most beloved plays. Retold for young people. This resource contains the stories of all the Shakespearian plays mentioned in this curriculum.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED RESOURCE for Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings

Shakespeare's The Tempest-- Here you can find the complete text of the play. A

Recommended film version is the BBC version directed by John Gorrie if you can find it available.

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LINKS FOR UNIT STUDY EIGHT- Exploring Genre-- Fantasy as Literature

Refracted Light-- A Christian Perspective on Fantasy- I have not read all the reviews on this site, but the ones I have read seem quite good. This is a great site to explore other fantasy works that may be suitable for you or your students. All the works reviewed are not necessarily recommended, but you will get a good idea of what the stories involve. As always, use your own judgment and discretion about the reading material you choose.

"On Fairy Stories" by J.R.R. Tolkien. This original essay by Tolkien is the best work to define the history and impact of fantasy. We discuss a good bit of this in the fantasy unit, but for those who are serious about fantasy (or literature) and want to read the whole thing, you can find it in The Tolkien Reader.Caution: it is not an easy read, though full of golden nuggets.



"On Three Ways of Writing for Children" by C.S. Lewis. This excellent essay is shorter and easier to read and defines Lewis's approach to fantasy literature. He confesses that he owes much of his approach to Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories," which he calls the best work on the subject. The best place to find this essay is in the hardcover version of The Chronicles of Narnia.



For more great Fantasy resources, please visit our Fantasy Bookshelf

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LINKS FOR UNIT STUDY Nine -- Exploring Poetry

Understanding Poetry- A short basic introduction to poetry interpretation.

Understanding and Explicating Poetry-- A general step by step guide to understanding the meaning of a poem. Not everyone will need all these steps, but it is particularly helpful to those who have think they cannot understand poetry.

Listening Booth: Listen to poets read their work with access to than 150 audio clips as well as information on nearly 60 CDs.

The Academy of American Poets -- This site has several great links for educators: lesson plans, essays, poems to teach, and more.

Haiku for people-- This site gives more information about haiku-- definitions, history, samples, and how to make your own.

Humorous Haiku-- Haiku for the 21st century. These haiku are helpful for those seeking humorous alternatives for those boring messages on the computer. Here are some samples:

          Yesterday it worked.
            Today it is not working.
            Windows is like that.

            Three things are certain:
            Death, taxes, and lost data.
            Guess which has occurred.

Limericks for kids-- Cute (and clean) limericks written by children. Sure to inspire your own creativity!

Analyzing a sonnet-- more information about analyzing a sonnet and determining its type.

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For more great poetry resources, please visit our Poetry Page

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