Entry 1

Item 1: Story

The Fox and the Crow

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree. “That’s for me, as I am a Fox,” said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree. “Good-day, Mistress Crow”. He cried: “How well you are looking to-day: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds.” The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox.  “That will do,” said he. “That was all I wanted.”

(Source:http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBookFoxCrow.shtml)

  • Rhetorical devices:

Metaphor: the fox ( person who wants to take advance of others by flattering), the crow (the one who is easy to believe about sweet talk without carefulness), and the piece of cheese ( the purpose or benefit that flatterers desire)

  • Moral meaning: Do not trust flatterers or sweet talks easily.

Item 2: Poem

Phenomenal Woman

By Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

(Source: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/phenomenal-woman )

  •   Rhetorical devices:

Rhyme: lies – sieze, much – touch, me – mystery – see, about – loud – proud, lips- hips

Repition: I’m a woman, Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman,That’s me.

Parallelism: the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride of my step, the curl of my lips. the arch of my back, the sun of my smile, the ride of my breasts, the grace of my style. the click of my heels, the bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, the need of my care

  •  Message:

The beauty of a woman is not determined by whether she has a perfect looking outside or not, but the true beauty stays inside which is very mysterious and unwritten by words.

 Item 3: Cartoon

  •   Rhetorical devices:

Metonymy: The hag “Simla” stands for some parents

Irony: Mr.Hugo in the picture does not know the class which the children study in

Overstatement: Too much subjects even includes: astronomy, history, geography.

  •   Message : Opposing parents’ force to their children to study too much in their summer holidays as well as requiring to let children have time to play and relax, which helps them grow up naturally.

3 responses »

  1. I am impressed by your item 3 because it shows the studying reality of children in the summer nowadays. However, I don’t think that irony is used in this picture.”does not know the class which the children study in” is a thought of Mr Hugo. Maybe the parents also think like that. They wonder which subject they should choose for their children.

    • I think the 3rd item is an irony picture like T. Anh’s opinion. Through Hugo’s thought we can see a fact that, today, children are forced to learn a lot of subjects in many place (extra-class)!

  2. Lê Thị Hoài Thu says:

    The picture is not only funny but also meaning ful. using the game children like to criticize the situation nowaday – spreading learning after school, time to learn occupys almost children’s time to relax..

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